Why Go Electric?
Better for You
EVs are a much more convenient option compared to typical ICE vehicles.
Imagine if a magical fairy visited your garage every night, and refueled your vehicles (for cheap!) while you slept so that each morning you had a full tank of gas. Sounds magical, doesn’t it? With an EV, that magic meets reality. For just a fraction the cost of gas, your EV will charge itself up overnight, freeing you from the ‘weekly’ routine of detouring out of your way to a gas station.
EVs have some more tricks up their (non-existent) tailpipes – when you slow down, they turn the energy of motion into stored electrical energy that will help you travel farther. This is in stark contrast to how regular cars reduce speed – they waste that energy, turning it into lost heat. The added advantage is that brakes on EVs last much longer. Reducing maintenance costs. Those savings are amplified by the lack of oil changes and the extra reliability that comes along with simple electric motors.
Without a tailpipe, EVs don’t emit harmful emissions into the air we all breathe. This has the immediate benefit of being healthier for the EV driver, as well as the other residents of our cities.
Shh… can you hear it? The lack of noise as EVs drive down the roadway. Reduced noise pollution is another shared benefit we all enjoy with electric vehicles.
Better for The Environment
The burning of fossil fuels produces hazardous chemicals and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These pollutants contribute to air pollution and climate change. The only greenhouse gas emissions associated with an EV are from the generation of electricity. While it is true that in jurisdictions that rely heavily on coal the environmental benefit is less strong, Alberta is quickly transitioning our electrical grid away from coal.
EV batteries are made from Lithium-ion, which is the same battery used in smartphones, laptops and most rechargeable household electronics. Lithium-ion batteries are 90% recyclable and a number of companies are looking at using used EV batteries as second-life energy storage units.
When you compare the total life-cycle of an EV to a gas car, from manufacturing to operation to end of life, EVs produce about half the greenhouse gas emissions as a comparable gas car. For more information on the EV life-cycle, visit the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Save ~$1200/yr on fuel costs.
(compared to 2018 Honda Civic, based on average Alberta gas and electricity prices on Sept 2018)