Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevadamembers are surprised to learn that electric vehicles are a bad idea: expensive and not all that “green,”according to David Rothbard and Craig Rucker of CFACT, a climate-change-denying “public policy” organization.
We applaud CFACT for their willingness to carry water for the Koch brothers.
If the price tag on electric cars is holding buyers back, automotive website Edmunds provides a calculator to determine the true cost to own. As an example, a 2018 Nissan Leaf has a true cost of $36,066, versus a 2018 Nissan Rogue at $38,822. The true cost to own also doesn’t take into consideration any tax Incentives given to EV buyers, which further reduce the total cash price around $7,500, making the electric vehicle an even better value.
Driving both a Volt and a Leaf, my 2014 Leaf can be had for well under $9,000 with plenty of battery life remaining. If that’s not affordable (considering that the owner will never need to buy gas, change the oil, get a smog check, replace a timing belt/fuel pump/water pump or many other combustion car maintenance items) then I don’t know what is.
Regarding the claim that EVs get their “green” from “dirty” sources (aka the "long tailpipe" argument), Nevadans have access to some of the cleanest energy in the nation, with 21.6 percent of Nevada's utility-scale net electricity generation from renewable sources. Two-thirds of all Americans now live in areas where driving an EV produces fewer climate emissions than almost all comparable gasoline and gas hybrid cars. To blame EVs for the failings of antiquated power generation in “heartland America” seems silly.
Although manufacturing a midsized EV can result in higher emissions compared to a combustion vehicle, that math changes radically once that EV is driven. Electricity is cleaner than gasoline, and battery electric cars make up for their higher manufacturing emissions within six to 18 months and continue to outperform combustion cars until the end of their lives. The Union of Concerned Scientists offers a great tool for analyzing just how clean electric vehicles are. My 2017 Chevrolet Volt “produces about as much global warming pollution as a gasoline vehicle getting 77 mpg,” according to the site. Actually, this is assuming that I’m pulling my electrons from the NV Energy grid. Instead, I generate my own electrons from rooftop solar — and that would push this 77 mpg number far higher.
We believe it makes sense to insist on cleaner tailpipe emissions since more Americans suffer immediate, direct effects from millions of “dirty” fossil fuel spewing tailpipes daily compared to fewer, more distant, regulated power generation facilities.
EAANN hopes that interested drivers will come out to our Earth Day venue on April 22 at Reno’s Idlewild Park to see many different types of electric vehicles, and speak to EV owners/drivers. You might be surprised at how affordable EVs are, how they can save money for budget-strapped families, and how fun they are to drive!
Cynthia S. Ryan, electric vehicle and rooftop solar advocate, is co-chair of the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada.
The following article in the Reno-Gazette Journal (April 4, 2018) was authored by Cynthia Ryan, co-chair of the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada, and renewable energy advocate, in response to an op-ed piece, 'Is Your Neighbor's Tesla Costing You Money' by David Rothbard and Craig Rucker of CFACT.