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
What is ‘easy’ today, may not lead to a desirable ‘tomorrow’. While fossil fuels are essential to our way of life, allowing us to produce all sorts of essential items, why burn them away when there are alternatives?
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 some of Alberta’s electricity comes from coal, Alberta is quickly transitioning its electrical grid away towards a greener mix. Consider this: every day a gasoline car is driven, it gets slightly less efficient and in turn, pollutes a little more. EVs, on the other hand, get better for the environment as the supporting grid improves.
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, through 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.
Real-Time BEV GHG Emission Estimating Tool for Alberta
Real-Time Alberta Power Generation Source Mix
The pie chart above is a real-time graphical representation of Alberta’s power generation sources. The data is sourced from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). Because Alberta has many sources of power it is difficult to determine how much GHGs are emitted per kWh of electrical energy created. This built in calculator and drop down menu system is an easy tool for estimating the GHG emissions from an electric vehicle on Alberta’s grid and also allows you to make quick comparisons to many Internal Combustion Engine vehicles.
Current Supply Demand Report – ETS Aeso