Ever think about where the energy comes from to power your car and what the economic impact is of that litre of gas you purchase? Well in Canada, about 50% of our fossil fuels come from outside of Canada, which doesn't really help Canadians out very much. But 100% of our electricity comes from the local grid.
The sources of energy in Canada are increasingly including renewables like solar, wind and geothermal and other less sustainable sources like hydro and nuclear. Even if the electricity source is dirty coal, the electrons transmitted through the electrical grid still yield a lower carbon footprint than burning gas in your car.
The grid power EVs use helps produce green jobs for your family, your friends, your neighbours and that in turn helps support government infrastructure and social programs in your community. When you power your car with energy sourced from the electrical grid, you help provide decent jobs for engineers, electrical utility workers, EV infrastructure companies and electricians. A pretty darn good deal for everyone!
So how many jobs are we actually talking about? Well as recently as December 2014 the advocacy group, Clean Energy Canada, reported, “Employment in the clean energy sector – which encompasses hydro power, as well as wind, solar and biomass – is up 37 per cent to 23,700 people. That compares with 22,340 employed in the oilsands.”
In future editions of the Top Five Reason to Buy an EV, I will cover Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), the EV fun factor, the environmental benefit and the air quality/ healthcare system impact.