The petroleum production chain uses 60 kWh of energy to drill, extract, refine, deliver and pump 20 gallons of gas into a car. That doesn’t even take into account the energy required to run tens of thousands of gas stations. Do we even need to discuss pollution, spills and explosions on offshore oil rigs, tanker trains and pipelines? Or greenhouse gases distributed far and wide by ICE cars?
Today’s EVs can drive 250+ miles on that same 60 kWh.
Why don’t we jump the entire petroleum chain and send that electricity straight to the car? EVs don’t require more electricity from the grid. They offset it by directly using energy that would be used for petroleum production.
- Download the Renewable Taos Times Electric Vehicle Primer edition here. (3.5 mb .pdf).
- The cost of electricity per mile for EVs is half the cost of gas.
- EV charging stations don’t need buildings or people.
- EV charging stations use energy only while charging a car.
- EV’s do not generate more emissions after electricity leaves the power plant.
- Solar farms and home solar installations generate no greenhouse gases.
- You cannot make your own gas, but you can generate your own electricity.
- Increasing efficiency at one power plant improves the efficiency of all EVs on its grid.
- From fuel in the ground to the smokestack/tailpipe, EVs reduce emissions per mile by 30%
- EVs improve the air quality in city centers and high traffic areas.
- In the Taos area there are now 12 EV connections at six charging stations, with more to come!