Thanks for your reply to my EV letter, Melissa [Oglesbee] [“Are Electric Vehicles the Answer?” Feb. 12, Xpress]. My complaint was about the tax on innovation by the state, seemingly trying to inhibit an industry in its infancy. True, electricity powers the car, but the public EV stations on Charlotte Street and UNC Asheville both have grid-tied photovoltaic systems!
An electric vehicle has the potential to be powered purely by solar or wind or some sort of renewable energy. Let’s look at some numbers. An average EV gets the equivalent of 3.7 miles per kwh (kilowatt hour) of electricity. One gallon of unleaded gasoline has the equivalent energy of about 33.7 kwh of electricity. A little conversion yields the equivalent miles per gallon for an EV of about 124 mpg! The average gasoline car consumes from 25 to 35 mpg. At 20 pounds of CO2 per gallon of gasoline consumed, an EV, even in the worst-case nasty coal-burning scenario, will emit four to five times less CO2 than its gas counter part! That’s hardly more damaging to the environment. Plus, the price tag on many EVs is markedly less than the equivalent gas-powered vehicle. (No, Nissan did not hire me.)
I agree: Walk more, use public transportation, don’t eat meat, etc. But mass transit options and real bicycle lanes in these rural areas are decades away. And, it seems, people would prefer to die than give up their carnivorous diets! Sadly, the automobile is here to stay, but not necessarily the internal combustion engine! No, EVs are not the answer to reducing pollution, but they do offer the potential to reduce emissions to almost zero, while saving you at the pump and transporting you from point A to point B as needed. Seems like a win-win situation to me!
— Rudy Beharrysingh