OK, not the world, but EVs will empower consumers to slash their greenhouse gas emissions. By switching to EVs, average household GHG emissions are cut by over 40%. To make this possible, though, full-sized EVs must be as practical as gasoline cars are today. Their other qualities will then motivate consumers to go electric when replacing their cars. Cars now last an average of 13 years. Thus, EVs are a uniquely fast way to cut our emissions.
But to mainstream EVs, “range anxiety” must be eliminated. Range anxiety is the fear that the car won’t get home without a long stop to charge the battery. A solution is to operate fast electric re-charge stations, just like gas stations today.
Fast Charge (FC) lets drivers enjoy the same convenience as today’s gas-powered mobility. By pricing FC “mobile electricity” slightly lower than the equivalent gasoline it replaces, funding becomes available to do great benefit: keep home utility rates low, fund conservation and alternative energy, motivate retailers and wind down government’s dependency on gasoline taxes – meanwhile financing investment in FC stations. BC could make use of the real value of mobility to catalyze the future Green Economy.
Blaine Juchau is a native of Napa, California. He built and still owns a gas station in California which won the City of Davis’s Environmental Recognition Award. He designed and built hundreds of solar heating systems. He’s also built custom homes, operated several businesses, practiced law and developed real estate. Blaine holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Law Degree from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. He is a member of the Board of the BC Sustainable Energy Association and resides in Victoria, British Columbia.