Here’s why to drive an electric vehicle

Re: ‘Electric car craze not so exciting’ (Letters, PQB News, Nov. 26)

Al Dewey asks to be enlightened about the electric car craze. As an energy journalist who has reported extensively about electric vehicles (EVs) over the past five years, I am happy to oblige.

Why buy an EV?

In the past, EV sticker prices have been higher than internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. That will change next year because battery prices have plummeted by 50 per cent since 2017. A new study from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) says they will fall another 50 per cent by 2030.

EVs require almost no maintenance and they last longer than ICE cars, so their total cost of ownership is already lower. EVs are built to last 500,000 miles, but they will soon last one million miles.

Recharging an EV costs between $2 and $10. Compare that to filling the tank with gas at $1.40 per litre.

While EVs don’t emit, zero-emissions requires clean electricity. In B.C., 97 per cent of power is hydro; that number is 60 per cent nationally, while 77 per cent of Canadian power is considered to be low-carbon. By 2030, all coal-power plants will be shuttered.

Mr. Dewey raises valid concerns about battery manufacturing, recycling and disposal. Addressing them properly requires more space than I have here, but an RMI analyst says that tens of billions are being invested in engineering solutions to those problems and industry is confident they can be addressed.

Driving an EV, even a boring grocery-getter, is like driving a sports car because of an electric motor’s superior torque. If you enjoy driving, EVs are flat out a better time behind the wheel.

Depending upon the forecasting agency, by 2030 EVs will total 20 per cent to 30 per cent of the global auto fleet (currently 1.5 billion), and by 2050 100 per cent of vehicles will be electric.

The future is electric and it will be better, cheaper, and more environmentally sustainable.

Markham Hislop


Just Posted

PQB crime report: Thieves pilfer cash, root beer and hand sanitizer

Oceanside RCMP receive 249 complaints in one-week period

Solutions in sight for Parksville Qualicum Beach doctor shortage

With feasibility study funded, group shares vision of ‘campus of healthcare’

Raise the curtains: New outdoor theatre coming to Parksville

A $204,000 boost comes from Island Coastal Economic Trust

‘Handmade for Hope’ will run at Orca Place in Parksville

Grant received; program will run in different room

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Most Read