It’s all there ….in black and white
Photo: US Dept. of Energy website
My last couple of articles have centred around the economic and environmental arguments for Bermuda and elsewhere regarding electric vehicles and their coming transcendence and why that is inevitably a good thing. This month I thought I’d see how our American neighbours to the west are faring considering they have a true climate denier in the white house who has eviscerated the American Environmental Protection Agency. So, with that backdrop in mind, I decided I’d go directly to the US Department of Energy website and see just what they had to say about electric cars. The following is all copied word for word from the ‘Office of Energy Efficiency and Energy Renewal’ on the US. Energy.gov website.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE BENEFITS
Fueling with electricity offers some advantages not available in conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. Because electric motors react quickly, EVs are very responsive and have very good torque. EVs are often more digitally connected than conventional vehicles, with many EV charging stations providing the option to control charging from a smartphone app.
Just like a smartphone, you can plug in your EV when you get home and have it ready for you to use the next morning. Since the electric grid is available almost anywhere, there are a variety of options for charging: at home, at work or on the road. By charging often, you may never need to go to a gas station again!
But EVs provide more than just individual benefits. EVs can help the United States have a greater diversity of fuel choices available for transportation. The U.S. used nearly nine billion barrels of petroleum last year, two-thirds of which went towards transportation. Our reliance on petroleum makes us vulnerable to price spikes and supply disruptions. EVs help reduce this threat because almost all U.S. electricity is produced from domestic sources, including coal, nuclear, natural gas, and renewable sources.
EVs can also reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improving public health and reducing ecological damage. Charging your EV on renewable energy such as solar or wind minimizes these emissions even more. See the difference in emissions between a conventional vehicle and an EV using the calculator on the right. Learn more about how EVs reduce pollution and their lifecycle emissions.
Like…., maybe even double wow. Even the department of energy in the US apparently loves electric cars! That the US Dept. of Energy makes the case on its website with a straight face while the leader of the most powerful country in the world continues to march along and pretend all is well with the world and we aren’t on fire, as Greta Thunberg claims is just…well, weird. What is a little comforting I guess is that it is good to know that the adults in the room realize there is a problem and are still presenting information and real solutions to climate change and Global Warming. Many American cities have ignored their federal governments jettisoning of the Paris Climate accord and have doubled down on their own local environmental issues, and then there is of course California. The state which has led the charge for air quality and fossil fuel alternatives for the last quarter-century and which was sued by its own federal government because it wouldn’t roll back its higher mpg standards and air quality guidelines.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog posting the Americans are painfully close to a tipping point with renewable energy, one they are scheduled to punch through later this year. There will come a moment, sometime in 2020 that the American energy sector will start receiving more of its electricity from renewals than from any other source (read coal). At that point, that tipping point…all bets are off. That’s the only way forward. We have to find solutions that are environmentally sound and less expensive in order to push an agenda that improves environmental outcomes and our collective quality of life. Electric cars are a big part of that, but greening the grid is as well, so wind and solar energy are a key component to turning this very big ship we call planet earth onto a more sustainable course.
United States Department of Energy – Office of Energy Efficiency Energy Renewal
California Air Resources Board (CARB)