GBF 2021 - Fall Newsletter

SHOULD YOU GO ELECTRIC? By Plug'n Drive, a non-profit organization committed to accelerating electric vehicle adoption in order to maximize their environmental and economic benefits. For more information about our programs and services, please visit * This article is supported by GBF's Families for Change program The electric vehicle (EV) is here to stay! Industry commitments, combined with government strategies to phase out the sale of internal combustion engines, means the world is steadily on a path toward an electrified future. This comes as no surprise. EVs not only offer many performance improvements over their internal combustion engine counterparts; they are also one of the easiest and fastest ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. And the need has never been greater. This summer, Toronto experienced two extreme heat events with temperatures spiking above the 40°C mark and the “hottest day on record” is a statistic that is seemingly being updated annually in many regions around the world. Climate change is already having detrimental impacts on our communities, shorelines and water habitats and one of the largest producers of GHG emissions is transportation. It is no secret that the burning of fossil fuels contributes heavily to GHG emissions. Across Ontario, transportation is the number one source of GHG emissions, accounting for about 35% of the province’s total emissions. Long story short, meaningful climate change action is not possible without tackling transportation. Enter the electric vehicle (EV)! How Many Emissions Does Your Road Trip Cost? To put things in perspective, a standard road trip from Toronto to the Georgian Bay region is anywhere between 140 km to 300 km one-way. Depending on the car you drive, that could mean anywhere between 25–55 kg of CO2, or, 4–10 bowling balls worth of greenhouse gases shot into the atmosphere. By making that trip in an electric car, the CO2 emissions drop to between 1.1–2.2 kg. That’s a 95% reduction for doing nothing but driving a different car. What's Keeping You from Making Your Next Car Electric? Myths. With one of the cleanest electricity grids in the world, the environmental benefit of an EV in Ontario is clear. That said, EVs still only account for a small percentage of car sales and there are several barriers holding drivers back. One common myth is that EVs are too expensive. This can be attributed partly to the fact that a lot of marketing and media coverage surrounding EVs tends to focus on the more expensive luxury brands. While luxury EV models do exist, many other EV models fall in the $35,000 to $45,000 range. In addition, government incentives help drive this cost down. In Ontario, for example, all EV drivers qualify for Canada’s federal EV incentive of up to $5,000 off their purchase. The other part of the cost equation is ownership. Electricity is not only cleaner than gasoline, it’s also cheaper, and the average cost to “fuel” an EV is about 1/5th the cost of an equivalent gas car. EVs also require less maintenance; they don’t need oil changes, fluid flushes or tune-ups. Combined, an EV driver can realistically save well over $2,000 per year. Another common myth is so called “range anxiety”, or the fear of running out of battery halfway leaving you stranded. Most EV models sold today travel 400 km or more on a full charge. With trips from Toronto to the Georgian Bay region being anywhere between 140 to 8 | FALL 2021 | GBF.ORG