Personal blog posts

CO2 emissions of BEV, PHEV, HEV and conventional cars in the USA


 Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential of helping us reduce CO2 emissions that are responsible for human-caused global heating. However, if the power grid from which we charge EVs requires the burning of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, oil) in order to generate electricity, are we better off in terms of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere?  The answer depends on where you live in the USA.

Chevy Volt 2015 gas consumption statistics for the Canadian winter


In this blog post, I calculated gas consumption statistics for each season, based on EXACTLY four (4) full years of ownership of my VOLT 2015. For each  box the central red mark indicates the median (50th percentile), and the bottom and top blue edges of the box indicate the 25th and 75th percentiles respectively. Red symbols indicate individual gas fillings that are less than the 25th percentile or larger than the 75th percentile of gas consumption rate.

Chevy Volt 2015 - my experience with a PHEV

Taking possession on March 27, 2015


This picture was taken by Patrick Bérubé, sales advisor at Boulevard Chevrolet in Rimouski.

Installation of new breakers in my house's electrical panel


You will need to hire a professional electrician in order to install the new breakers that are required for the level 2 charger in your house's electrical panel. 

Level 2 charging station: 240V, 30A, 7.2kW


I strongly recommend that you install a level 2 charging station at your home with these characteristics:

  • 240 volts
  • 30 amps
  • 7.2 kW

With this charging station, the time required for a full charge of my Volt 2015 dropped from 14 hours to merely 3.5 hours!

Home charging


I charge my PHEV's battery from the comfort of home, as does nearly every PHEV or EV owner. By so doing, I do not normally use the PUBLIC charging stations belonging to The Electric Circuit that are located in Rimouski.

Perspectives and opinions


A seven-year EV owner from Toronto area is bemused by all the bad press EVs get for winter driving

2019-03-26 Richard Corley commutes to Toronto for work from a GTA (Greater Toronto Area) suburb. He cannot understand all the hype surrounding EVs and Canadian winters. He writes about seven years of experience driving EVs during the Canadian winter in this Globe and Mail article.

Shining light on lithium batteries environmental impact


2017-11-29 David Suzuki sets the record straight on the environmental impacts of lithium batteries. While their environmental impact is not negligible, the overall environmental impact of internal combustion engines remains far greater.