Can we use the high value of personal mobility to cut our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? According to LiveSmart BC, over 40% of average household GHG emissions in BC are from personal mobility; that is, the cars we drive. Since BC's electricity is largely from carbon free hydro, if we wish to cut our emissions by 40%, we just have to switch to electric vehicles (EV).
And why not? EVs are clean, and they produce no exhaust to form smog or trigger asthma. They run silently, making our cities quieter. They are simple machines with hundreds of fewer moving parts, which cuts maintenance costs and increases durability. Their current range of 150 km is plenty for most families, most of the time. Slow charging at home means you can always leave with a full battery. And the fact that our current autos last an average of 13 years means that huge emission reductions could happen relatively fast as they are replaced.