Vancouver, BC, CGK 2018 Ltd EyeSight
There is a lot of misinformation about EVs on the internet. This article from MotorTrend tries to counter some of that.
Last winter, for spring break, my son and his family did a 2 week road trip with his Tesla from Vancouver to Tampa (spent a few days with friends there) and back (more days with friends in Texas). That included lots of sight seeing (Grand Canyon, etc) and side trips along the way. His travel times were about the same as it would have been with an ICE car. Many days were over 1100 kms and highest was over 1200. And he said they were not pushing it. Total trip was over 12,000 kms.So, tell us what you really think, LOL! I see a lot of Teslas around here but I doubt they venture out of the metro area and probably charge at home (which apartment and condo dwellers can't do). And since this thread is about emissions it's worth noting how the electricity is generated.
By not charging at home, haha. We had a free charger a few blocks and 15 min walk from home. Made good use of that.How do you get free charging at home? I'm curious how that works up where you are. Thanks!
It is my local community centre and I pay taxes that support it, a lot actually. Our township is very supportive of EVs and does a good job of encouraging EV adoption, and this is part of it. In general Canada, and esp BC and Quebec are very supportive of EV adoption, which is why we have so much free charging everywhere. EVs cost extra as we all know, so the purchase subsidies (got $10K for my Kona and another $9K for my Solterra now) and free charging are very important incentives to get people to buy EVs. When the price comes down to an equivalent ICE car, then all these subsidies will no longer be necessary.TANSTAAFL. You may not have been directly paying for the spark up, but somebody is. The rec center installed the charger/s, the rec center pays for the electricity, the rec center pays for the maintenance to include the parking spot. Are you a member of the rec center? If so, your membership fees no doubt go to in part supporting this "free" spark up. Or if it's a city, county, or state rec center, your/our extorted tax dollars are paying for the spark.
"How much does it cost to install a commercial EV charging station?
Generally speaking, a Level 2 charger will cost between $1,200 and $6,000, while a Level 3 charger will cost between $30,000 and $80,000."
In Canada, we have federal and provincial carbon taxes which are added to gasoline and and other fossil fuels costs. BC was the first in Canada to institute these and today has the highest carbon taxes. That's why our gasoline costs here are the highest in North America. The whole purpose of these is to get people off of fossil fuels. There is no specific road tax, although some people might call them that. Some individual municipalities may add some additional transit levies to again try and get people off the roads and support public transportation. These are all part of general revenues of each level of government and they decide how they spend the money. And part of that decision is to support the move to EVs (infrastructure and rebates) as well as subsidize public transportation. That's how government works. If we don't like it, we have a say at election time.I am not opposed to EVs at all and who knows, I may be getting one in the future. But EVs have a very long way to go before they are paying their own freight so to speak and their owners. When I go to the gas station and get a load of go-go juice for my Crosstrek, there is that 18.4 cents per gallon Federal tax that goes for road and bridge construction and maintenance (don't know what it is in Canada, but I'm sure there is a Fed tax of some sort). When you are plugging your EV or hybrid in to your "free" charger, paid charger, or at home charger, there is no surcharge, tax, fee, whatever that goes to building and maintaining the very roads that the EVs ride upon. And EVs are heavier than the standard comparable ICE vehicle and cause proportionally more road damage. The Suby Solterra weighs some 4,400 pounds (!!!!!) . That's ~1,200 pounds more than my Crosstrek. And contrast the Ford F-150 Ford Lightning EV truck that weighs ~6,500 pounds.
There have been proposals to get rid of fuel taxes all together and institute a pay-as-you-go fee, meaning that one is levied a fee per mile driven and would be based on the type and weight of the vehicle, and number of axles on vehicle to include trailers. So for example, the Crosstrek would be levied say 5 cents a mile and the Solterra would be levied 8 cents a mile. But of course the problem is tracking the mileage of the vehicle and billing the owners. It would be rather complex involving probably GPS and cams everywhere. The privacy issue alone is what has shot these proposals down in raging flames. But a pay-as-you-go scheme would certainly get EVers to pay their part.
I just checked Gasbuddy, and the highest I could find in Santa Monica where I believe you live is $5.29 for premium. So I don't know where or why you paid 7.99. And lots of stations under $5. And it is much cheaper elsewhere in the US. Here the highest for premium today is $1.97 CAD per litre (except for Chevron 94 which is much higher still) and mostly around 1.95.That comes out to $5.51 USD for 91 premium per US gallon.What do you pay for premium petrol/gasoline? I just filled up and it was $7.99 USD per U.S. gallon.
What if a good portion of that was driving in the US? My son last year did a 12,000+ kms road trip in the US. And I did about 9,000 kms in the US in 2020, just before covid shut everything down. Maybe US people don't come to Canada much, but I do know a lot of Canadians drive south, esp in the winter.You could simply track the mileage based on annual vehicle registration.
Yes, govts provide many services, and each of us can't use all of them. Where I live much of the new road and infrastructure is paid for by the developers which is driven by population increase requirements. Road maintenance is paid mostly by local govts and only major cross country highways get some provincial or federal funding.Agreed. It's certainly a complex issue at the moment and no real solutions yet to solve that problem. It's not like you can tax everyone because if they don't even own a car and rely on public transit shouldn't be charged a tax for fixing roads (or maybe they should). I mean, we all get taxed living in our townships, counties, etc. and the roads are part of these areas so whether or not you use those roads doesn't matter because it's all part of your local infrastructure. Sort of like sidewalks, you might not use them, but you're paying some kind of tax so they can build and maintain them, or is there something I'm missing?
So, how does that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (thread topic) or promote EV adoption?And there is this:
OReGO - Oregon's Road Usage Charge Program
Currently, Oregonians pay a fuel tax to fund road preservation and improvement projects. But cars and trucks are using less gas or run on electricity, shrinking funds for our roads and bridges. With the OReGO pay-per-mile system, Oregonians pay for the miles they drive instead of gallons consumed.