- Mar 24, 2018
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1) it is the marginal KW that matters. The solar panels will produce a limited amount of electricity, the rest is supplemented by fuel. If you put an additional car on the market you have to burn more oil or coal.California, in general, has more protections for renters and condo owners than many other states. When it comes to this issue, California made it a law that if a tennant wants to install an electric vehicle charging station then they can do that. They do not need the landlord's approval. Here are the details that came out in 2014, ten years prior to when this new law is suppose to occur: https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1094117_in-ca-renters-can-now-install-electric-car-charging-stations
When it comes to efficiency there are lots of variables but the simple fact is that electricity can be produced from a wide variety of sources. It can be from solar panels or wind farms or coal burning or nuclear or dams etc... this is truly the future regardless of he obvious improvements in air quality from electric cars. We need more ways to power our vehicles because it allows for more energy independence and it lets communities determine what power sources will work best for them. ICE vehicles run on petroleum and only that. It's unsustainable and too dependent on federal and foreign governments. The move to electric is also California determining it's own destiny and relying less on oil states/nations.
I also want to point out that EVs don't use motor oil. That fact seems to be overlooked in many anti-EV 'equations' about fuel efficiency.
Also, EVs use very minimal power while idling at stoplights, drive-thrus, etc. Stats that look at distances driven and compare energy used often don't factor in all the real ways we use our cars.
There are other side benefits to EVs too for instance it's not possible to get carbon monoxide poisoning from an electric car. So, for instance, I don't have to open my garage to pre-condition my car. It's safer from poisoning and safer from the theft.
2) at this moment a lot of federal subsidies go to the electric car
3) the motor oil is insignificant in quantity in the grand scheme.
4) many of the new gas cars also stop while idling. You also have the hybrids.
5) maybe not but I have read too many times about people dying in Teslas that burned like fireworks.
To me the biggest advantage of the electric cars is that it moves the air pollution from the cities to more remote areas. The noise pollution is also cut significantly.
Because the are cheaper and cheaper and because they save a lot of energy if adopted on a very large scale, I think the LED lights have a more significant environmental impact than the electric cars.