De-ICE for EarthDay – Why electric vehicles are better for everyone on #EarthDay2022

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Earth Day is today, and the time to try to convince my fellow drivers to switch to electric. Get ready to move with electric car facts and experiences that prove beyond any doubt that electric cars should be in your future.

As I write this in mid-April, the temperature in Los Angeles was 98°F (36.67°C). I lived here for decades and experienced soaring temperatures. Over six years ago, I gave up my ICE (internal combustion engine) and bought my first EV. I still enjoy the savings and benefits from electricity.

Tons of benefits of electric vehicles

In August 2015, I decided to do what I could to improve the air quality and to purchase a used electric car at very reasonable prices.

So far, my electric driving has prevented 14,434 pounds of carbon dioxide (about 7.2 tons) from going into the atmosphere compared to the average level of CO2 emissions for a gasoline-powered car of roughly the same size.

Why worry of term is a myth

My first electric car was a 2013 Nissan Leaf with a range of 84 miles. Over time, and as the battery deteriorated, the range dropped to about 72 miles. I have rarely had a range anxiety because I planned on my driving. I used the PlugShare app to locate nearby chargers. I always found a charger nearby.

Google Maps and almost every EV maker show where charging stations are available. 25 public charging stations with multiple chargers are located within a four-mile radius of my home. However, I charge at home most of the time.

Many electric vehicle charging stations are located near restaurants and shopping malls. They are much nicer than gas stations. Electrify America is changing the look of its charging stations with customer lounges, electric vehicle display areas, event space, overhead sunshades and security cameras.

Charging stations in selected shopping locations may provide charging service. In addition, electric vehicle charging stations smell much better than a regular gas station.

The limited range of the early electric vehicle could provide advantages for concerned parents. A father in the San Fernando Valley bought his teenage daughter Liv a second-hand 2011. He knew she could only drive 40 miles, away from home.

In 2019 I upgraded to a 2016 LEAF SL. In 2021, Nissan replaced the 30kW battery with a 40kW battery through warranty. I rarely stop at a charger with a current range of 150 miles. I simply plug in my garage.

You don’t have to deal with smelly gas stations and touch a dirty pump handle. I don’t have panic attacks when I look at the price of gas. I also don’t have to drive or stress to find the best fuel price.

How Much Money Does Electric Driving Save?

In Los Angeles, the average price of a gallon of gasoline has risen. Gas prices are hovering around $6.00 a gallon. I heard a friend rave that a Kia Optima costs over $100 to fill up the pump.

The price of electricity is more stable because electricity is produced both locally and in California primarily from clean, renewable resources. Electric car drivers who have installed solar panels in their homes drive almost free of charge.

However, I still had to rely on my local electric company when I calculated all taxes and charges for the current rate on my electric bill. I figured my EV cost about 5 cents per mile to operate. A similar ICE now costs about 20 cents a mile from fossil fuels.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when gas was $3.30 a gallon, over five years my electric car would save $8,750 in fuel costs compared to the average new car with 15,000 miles per year.

Electric vehicles run on locally produced electricity from increasingly renewable, locally derived sources. Electric vehicle charging costs are not dependent on global oil markets. They are not subject to the same price shocks, turmoil, and oil shortages, says Joe Britton, CEO of ZETA.

ZETA research found that pushing a petrol car can be four to six times more expensive than pushing a petrol car than an electric car.

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Electric vehicles are easier to maintain

Electric vehicles require less maintenance. My previous ICEs weren’t as clean and didn’t last long because I forgot to change the oil.

As my car got older, I had to check and fill in the oil once a month. Even checking oil levels is gross. With an electric car, I don’t have to put my hands inside a dirty engine to find the dipstick. I do not cover my hands with dirt and grease. Electric vehicles do not require oil changes or adjustments.

ZETA estimates that electric vehicle owners save an additional $330 in annual maintenance costs. 96% of electric car owners say their next car will be electric. An added bonus is $8,600 in reduced community health care costs associated with pollution per EV.

“When we import a barrel of oil and burn it – it’s gone forever, save for the continuing effects of climate change and public health,” Britton says.

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Electric vehicles are healthier and help you breathe easier

The American Lung Association has found that more than four in ten Americans – more than 135 million people – live in communities affected by unhealthy levels of air pollution. Usually, highways and heavily congested roads pass through poor communities. The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

2020 data from the American Lung Association includes:

Passenger vehicles produce more than 1 million tons of emissions of ozone-forming nitrogen oxides and particulate matter and more than 33,400 tons of particulate matter annually.

Heavy vehicles produce 59 percent of emissions of ozone-forming nitrogen oxides and particulates and 55 percent of particulate matter pollution (including brake and tire particles).

The American Lung Association reports that a national shift to sales of 100 percent zero-emission passenger cars (by 2035) and medium and heavy trucks (by 2040), along with renewable electricity will generate more than $1.2 trillion in public health benefits between 2020 and 2050. .

It can be attributed to avoiding 110,000 deaths, more than 2.7 million asthma attacks and more than 13 million lost work days by 2050.

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Facts about the electric car and more perks

Facts and data prove that electric cars are greener, cleaner, cheaper, healthier and easier to maintain.

‘Why I Drive Electric’ comedian Tom Papa has found another advantage to charging electric cars at home, as he sleeps later because he doesn’t have to leave early to fill up.

People leave for work very early to buy gasoline. Local social media shows drivers lining up at 5:30 a.m. at a Costco station, around the block to save 50-75 cents a gallon.

Papa sums up electric vehicles as follows: “It’s like other cars but better and quieter.”

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It’s time to change our planet

For those who care about our planet, time is running out. The sooner we switch to electricity, the better for our planet. There is no longer time to sit back and wait for the next environmental tragedy, Kathleen Rogers, President of EARHDAY.ORG, says in her response to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

“It’s going to really take all of us to invest in our planet,” Rogers says.

For Earth Day, she said, “Now is the time to see our power to change history.”

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Electric vehicles can invite you to the big party

After all the facts and figures, if you’re still sitting on the ICE vs EV fence — and if you want to party or wear cowboy hats, you can buy one of the most popular electric cars, the Tesla.

Elon Musk and Tesla often invite owners to special events like the recent Cyber ​​Rodeo at the opening of the Tesla Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. Fifteen thousand guests were treated to a display of drones in the sky, food, drinks, music, Elon Musk (wearing a cowboy hat), a look at the new Cybertruck and fireworks accompanied by Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

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