One aspect in current events that makes electric vehicles so viable is that fossil fuels are become increasingly more expensive to mine and/or extract. This article from Casey Research gives some great analysis on the issue. Some excerpts are here:
“The simple yet profound reason that we’re going after this more difficult and expensive shale oil is that the easy and cheap stuff is all gone. Rather than proving that Peak Oil is dead, as many have claimed, the new focus on shale plays indicates to me that we’ve indeed moved down the resource ladder to the next best (i.e., less good) options because the better ones are all gone.
Peak Cheap Oil, we can quite confidently argue is now safely in the rear-view mirror.”
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Trying to decide on an electric vehicle make comparisons? FuelEconomy.gov has a great website to do just that.
Find it here:
See their comparisons between four electric vehicles here:
Sales of all plug-in cars in the USA are likely to exceed 10,000 vehicles for August 2013. That is more than double the 4,715 vehicles sold a year ago in August 2012!
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The Winnipeg Free Press published a great article on big advances in electric vehicle technology that will increase range and dramatically reduce prices.
“There are already battery-driven, prototype electric vehicles being driven on U.S. test tracks that have nearly three times the “energy density” of the batteries in a Chevy Volt. They could be on the road in five to 10 years, costing much less than today’s EV.”
“By 2020, the most likely scenario is one-third of all vehicles sold worldwide will be either plug-in EVs or hybrids”
See the article here:
and a graph of the big advances in electric vehicle batteries here:
In the first 5 months of 2013, the three best selling electric vehicles in Canada were the Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, and the Nissan Leaf.
The sales of all brands and models was 1,141.
Here’s how the Canadian vehicle registrations break down for plug-in vehicles during the first five months of 2013:
1. Chevy Volt – 317
2. Tesla Model S – 281
3. Nissan Leaf – 240
4. Toyota Prius Plug-in – 130
5. Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 73
6. Ford Focus Electric – 47
7. Smart ForTwo Electric – 46
8. Fisker Karma – 5
9. Toyota RAV4 EV – 2
10. Ford C-Max Energi & Fusion Energi – unknown
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After the recent spike in gas prices, on May 27, 2013, CBC Radio interviewed MEVA member Gerry Kopelow about his Chevy S10 pickup.
Gerry converted the S10 from an internal combustion engine (ICE) to an electric vehicle (EV).
After the conversion, Gerry says that his energy expense went from $500 to $600 per month, to only $75 per month! Even with all the weight of the truck.
Gerry Kopelow’s Electric Chevy S10
The range on his Chevy S10 is 110 kilometers. His daily drive is 35 miles (56 km), and it takes 2 1/2 hours to charge the EV (on 220 volt current).
In addition to the S10 pickup, Gerry has also converted a 1988 BMW 5 series from ICE to EV. Of all the older BMWs he has driven, Gerry says the EV conversion is “the most fun to drive, it’s the fastest, it has the most acceleration. It’s just way more fun than the gas ones.”
Gerry Kopelow’s Electric BMW
The 6 1/2 minute interview can be found here:
Do check it out!
On May 17th, 2013, Ian Gardner from Sun Country Highways visited Winnipeg, arriving in a new Tesla Model S.
A number MEVA members met him at the Hilton Hotel, where there is a charging station. The Hilton was very gracious is meeting with us and letting Ian charge his EV there.
Sun Country’s Tesla at the Hilton
CBC TV also came and interviewed Ian and MEVA member Ross Redman. You can see the news spot at this link, starting at 5:32. Ross is seen at 6:05. He says about his all electric Mitsubishi Miev:
“For a whole year, it cost me $76 to go 10,000 kilometers.”
“In the winter time, it uses less electricity than a block heater does. So, not only do I save all of the gas, I save some of the electricity as well.”
We send a big thank you to all. In alphabetical order, CBC for airing the segment, the Hilton for their graciousness, and Sun Country for visiting.
Recently, one of MEVA’s members wrote a series of articles for the University of Manitoba newspaper: The Case For Electric Vehicles.
The first articles compares pollution statistics between internal combustion engine (ICE) versus electric vehicles (EVs).
“even if your car gets 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres over a lifetime of 160,000 kms, the car will consume 12,617 litres and create 29,848 kilograms (or 29.8 tonnes) of carbon dioxide. Since many cars such as the Toyota Camry weigh about one metric tonne, this means that the car will produce about 30 times its weight in CO2 over 160,000 kms. … ”
“The corresponding CO2 for these vehicles charged with hydroelectricity will be only 375 kgs, which is less than half a metric tonne. Compared to the almost 30 metric tonnes that the ICE vehicle produces, the electric vehicle running on hydroelectricity is about 80 times cleaner!”
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The Solar Energy Society of Alberta and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium on alternative transportation options including electric, hybrid, bio-diesel, human-powered, hydrogen and solar technologies. It is going to be held at NAIT Main Campus, Edmonton, Alberta Saturday April 27, 2013 11am-5pm Admission Free.
The event will include 20 informational workshops, music, and a solar technologies demonstration trailer. A car show will feature 30+ alternative vehicles including the cutting edge full electric Tesla Roadster sports car and the 2013 Motor Trend car of the year, the Tesla Model S. Also in the line-up is the City of Edmonton’s latest hybrid bus and NAIT’s new high efficiency CAT 660 Vocational Truck.
The Future of Transportation is going into it’s third year now, and this year they have the opportunity with NAIT to bring it to a grander level to help bring across the advantages of electric drive out to the public.
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We have some last-minute updates on the Sun Country Highway Cross-Canada tour (see this article for background); Kent Rathwell, Founder and President of SCH expects to be in Winnipeg with his Tesla Roadster on Monday, the 10th of December between 1:30 and 3:30pm. They would really like it if anyone with an Electric Vehicle to come out and join them at The Hilton Suites, 1800 Wellington Avenue as they reveal the locations of the free charging stations they will be installing along the Trans-Canada Highway. All interested persons welcome to attend!