Electric Vehicles Really are Better for the Climate

The average electric vehicle produces less than half the carbon pollution of a gas-powered vehicle, so don’t get fooled by any myths to the contrary.

Daisy Simmons reports in Yale Climate Connections on November 6, 2022

You may have heard the myth that electric vehicles are just as bad for the climate — or worse — than gas-powered cars and trucks. One common myth claims that the climate-warming pollution caused by manufacturing electric vehicle batteries cancels out the benefits. Not so. ou may have heard the myth that electric vehicles are just as bad for the climate — or worse — than gas-powered cars and trucks. One common myth claims that the climate-warming pollution caused by manufacturing electric vehicle batteries cancels out the benefits. Not so. Pollution ‘debt’ settled after about 22 months.

Daisy Simmons | Yale Climate Connections

When Electric Vehicles Go Mainstream

DISCOVER | Nov/Dec 2022

Car manufacturers have invested a collective $330 billion through 2025 into electric technology, according to global consulting firm AlixPartners. These factors — combined with a raft of new EV credits in the historic U.S. Inflation Reduction Act passed this summer — suggest EVs are advancing from niche product to mass market. Simplification means that the entire EV drivetrain contains roughly 1 percent of the moving parts you’ll find inside its internal-combustion counterpart. Maintenance requirements, therefore, are dramatically reduced.

Ready or not, this year marks the confluence of three significant forces — technology, infrastructure, and legislation — that Ernst & Young analysts say will have electric engines outselling their gas-powered counterparts in cars worldwide by 2033.

Discover | Nov-Dec 2022

Ford CEO: 40% Less Labor To Build Electric Vehicles

By Zachary Shahan | CleanTechnica | Nov 17, 2022

Ford, for its part, said it plans to spend $50 billion to help it produce 2 million EVs annually starting 2026. Volkswagen Group, which includes Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche, has pledged $100 billion. Its Audi brand has committed to electrifying 30 percent of its U.S. lineup by 2025. An internal combustion vehicle may require a gas station pit stop to refuel once or twice a week, while a drained EV can fully charge overnight in your garage.

“If Henry Ford came back to life, he would have thought the last 60 years weren’t that exciting, but he would love it right now because we’re totally reinventing the company. We have a whole new supply chain to roll out, in batteries and motors and electronics, and diversity has to play an even greater role in that.”

Ford CEO Jim Farley

The fact that electric vehicles are “simpler” than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles has long been a talking point of electric vehicle fans and evangelists (aka EVangelists). This has mostly come into play when talking about lower maintenance costs. There aren’t all the belts, tubes, hoses, etc. that you find in a gasmobile. That means fewer parts that can break and less maintenance over time. What is less discussed is what Jim Farley has highlighted this week — that it also means simpler production and a smaller labor force manufacturing the world’s cars and trucks.

PennDOT program to provide $170M for electric vehicle charging needs

By Mike Reuther | Williamsport Sun-Gazette | November 18, 2022

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program will help meet the increasing demand of electric vehicles, according to officials. “Our goal is to have them 50 miles apart on highways,” Dan Szekeres, one of the presenters of the program, said. Competitive grant funding to establish stations is being made available. The best types of businesses for hosting direct current fast chargers include restaurants, convenience stores, truck stops, and shopping centers – ideally near interstate exits.

NEVI grants require a 20% match from awarded applicants. More information about the program and grant funding is at RA-PDEVCorridors@pa.gov

The EV Market Is Entering An Exciting Phase

By Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai | CleanTechnica | November 17, 2022

One of the first real mass production EVs, the Nissan Leaf, took about 10 years to produce and sell 500,000 units. Just the other day, VW announced that it has sold 500 000 of its ID series, one year ahead of schedule. It took VW just 2 years to sell half a million units of its ID electric vehicle models since their initial launch in 2020. The Tesla Model 3 production ramp and sales progress was even hotter. It took about 3  years for Tesla to sell 1 million units of the Model 3. Another one that has delivered incredible sales figures is the Wuling Mini EV. Since its launch in the middle of 2020, it has gone on to sell more than 800,000 units in China.

Still not quite ready to go full electric?

The New Toyota Prius Is Here, & It’s Stunning — And Quick!

By Steve Hanley | CleanTechnica | November 17, 2022

Toyota says the new package is as fuel efficient as the current car, but acceleration now takes a quantum leap forward from around 0 to 60 in around 10 seconds to a more exhilarating 6.7 seconds for the Prius Prime. Whee! According to CNN, the new Prime will have 37.5 miles of electric-only range compared to 25 miles in the current car. More: Toyota Press Release

Following Japan, the new Prius will be launched in North America, Europe, and other countries around the world.

Toyota Press Release

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN HEV AND A PHEV?

By David Sickels | TheBuzzEVNews | May 3, 2022

HEVs run off of a powertrain that is both electric and gas-powered – but they are not charged from the grid like a battery-electric EV. There is no charging port that needs to be plugged into to charge the battery. Instead, HEV batteries are powered either through regenerative braking or via the combustion engine while the car is being driven. By using both an electric motor and an engine in tandem, these vehicles can get by with a relatively small combustion engine.

Prius (2.0-liter PHEV, Prototype) Photo: Toyota

PHEVs are also powered using an electric motor and internal combustion engine, but unlike HEVs, PHEVs also have a charging port so the battery can be charged directly from the grid. While the battery can still recharge like an HEV through regenerative braking or via the engine when in Drive, this ability to charge off the grid means PHEVs can be driven a bit more like a battery-electric EV, depending solely on the battery for mileage until it is depleted, then switching to the internal combustion engine if needed. Just keep in mind that battery-only-powered mileage in PHEVs is typically closer to 20-40 miles at most, not even close to the hundreds you’ll find in a typical battery-electric vehicle.

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