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.
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.
This picture was taken by Patrick Bérubé, sales advisor at Boulevard Chevrolet in Rimouski.
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.
I strongly recommend that you install a level 2 charging station at your home with these characteristics:
With this charging station, the time required for a full charge of my Volt 2015 dropped from 14 hours to merely 3.5 hours!
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.
Government of Canada: Incentives for purchasing zero-emission vehicles
InsideEVs (news about EVs)
Tool for estimating CO2 emissions of your EV according to your zip code in the USA