As we enthusiastically promote and subsidize electrical automobiles (EVs), are we missing consideration of societal prices?
Are our priorities misguided? Shouldn’t we be prioritizing our clear renewable electrical vitality towards folks’s work/dwell actions, housing/constructing wants reasonably than spending a fortune subsidizing extra single automobile transportation? One public fast cost station can value the taxpayers $50,000 to $100,000.
Nothing is free. Subsidizing one group simply means transferring the prices to a special group. The taxpaying (non-EV drivers) are paying a discriminate share of the sponsored prices.
Think about simply these few elements of our infrastructure.
Upgrading the grid:
The EVs further load causes rising calls for on the grid the place extra tax dollars are wanted to improve your complete era, transmission and distribution infrastructure methods. This in flip causes electrical energy charges to extend sooner.
Additional contemporary water:
How are we going to magically stumble upon the additional contemporary water we’ll want for our dam generators to generate the facility to cost all of the batteries?
It seems to be a guessing sport making an attempt to take a position on our water reservoirs and producing capability. The cyclical climate exercise with occasional multi-year droughts and low snowpack years within the mountains is unpredictable. This uncertainty will solely improve as we add extra EVs to the demand load.
BC Hydro produces roughly. 95 per cent of our energy from 31 hydroelectric producing services.
In 2015, because of lack of water, Hydro needed to shut down 12 of these 31 services within the Decrease Mainland and Vancouver Island. This could possibly be an everyday seasonal situation now with the better load calls for imposed by EVs.
It’s estimated to take about 900 US gallons of water to generate electrical energy to completely cost one common 60 Kwh EV battery?
That’s equal to about 567 (six litre) rest room flushes of water to cost 1 EV battery.
To get energy to the bulk Decrease Mainland customers, (together with transmission and distribution losses) it takes roughly 2 cu. ft. of water to provide 1 Kwh.
BC Hydro used to contribute over $1 billion yearly to common income however has been milked to loss of life by politicians and is now billions in debt. This implies extra electrical ratepayer will increase.
As we pay increasingly to appease and pacify inexperienced activism, we’re financially digging ourselves in deeper.
Roland Seguin, Langley