I read an article this week that suggested gas-fuelled cars have less impact on the environment than EVs. The point being made was that if the electricity you use to power your EV comes from the burning of fossil fuels, particularly coal, driving an EV is still contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. This is a conversation that will continue, I am sure, but in Canada and particularly in provinces like Ontario that do not rely on coal to generate electricity, I believe that the emissions from driving electric vehicles are going to be far less than if you choose to drive vehicles running on gasoline or diesel, and that's one of the reasons I drive an EV.
It's great to see how individuals, businesses and vehicle manufacturers are looking at solar power to charge EV batteries. We recently stopped to check out an installation in the west end of Toronto. Baka Mobile has a fleet of EVs and they've installed a solar canopy to power chargers that anyone can drop in and use, so we tried it out. It was a great feeling knowing that the power was flowing directly from the sun to our car, and we could head out knowing that was another positive step in protecting our environment.
Now, I just have to figure out how to install one of these solar canopies over our driveway!