Electric Vehicles

As gas prices continue to rise and leaders like Tesla, Nissan, and BMW continually improve the technology, what seemed like a fantasy only a few years ago is becoming a feasible option for more commuters every day.

A number of our partner workplaces already provide electric fleet vehicles. As we strive to help them improve the employee commute and reduce emissions, electric vehicles are sure to make up an increasingly large part of the solution.

EV Efficiency & Emissions

Today’s electric motors transfer 75 per cent of their battery power to the wheels, losing very little energy as waste heat. The internal combustion engine on the other hand converts only 20 per cent of gasoline energy into forward motion.

Such efficiency means that even an electric vehicle (EV) plugged into a grid powered by coal, will still produce less GHGs than a similar gas-powered car.

Imagine what can be done when the grid is powered by green electricity. In B.C., where electricity comes mainly from renewable sources, EVs release 97 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than fossil-fuel burning cars. As we add more renewable energy to provincial electricity grids, the benefits of EVs will only grow.

EV Prices & Financial Benefits

EVs may (currently) cost a little more up front than conventional cars, but savings add up quickly. An electric vehicle can cut your fuel costs by 80 per cent and cut maintenance costs in half.

EVs, Smart Commute NTV and WWF Canada
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Recognizing the potential of EVs to play an important role in greenhouse gas reduction, in 2012 WWF Canada launched a nation-wide campaign to champion electric powered transportation and set ambitious goals for Canada:

  • By 2020, there are 600,000 EVs on Canadian roads
  • By 2020, one in every ten cars sold is electric

Smart Commute NTV shares WWF’s conviction that in order to reach these goals, Canada must create conditions in which plug-in electric cars enjoy:

  • comparative pricing (removing the “plug-in price penalty” for early adopters)
  • extensive charging infrastructure (30,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2020)
  • broad public awareness (i.e. literacy about plug-in cars among the car-buying public)
  • available electric models of different car types and at different price levels (“a plug-in for every purse and purpose”, as Alfred Sloan might say)
  • increased environmental benefits (further cleaning the grid, to heighten electric vehicles’ environmental advantages)

WWF’s 2013 status update report provides an excellent snapshot of the progress made already and where we go from here.

Plug’n Drive EV Workshopsplug'n drive logo

We work with Plug’n Drive Ontario to deliver informative and engaging EV workshops to employees. The goals of this program are:

  • To demonstrate that electric vehicles are already a realistic commute option;
  • To educate workplaces about EV expense, range, and charging station availability;
  • To allow employees to hands-on interaction with an EV;
  • To increase awareness of publicly available charging stations in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA), such as those being piloted at GO stations;
  • To facilitate conversations at workplaces among employees and management regarding opportunities for future electric vehicle network support (such as supplying charging stations or purchasing electric fleet vehicles).