To "RedShirtCalTech" true except for the fact that EVs primary source of
emissions is the power plant used to charge its batteries. Whereas ICEs
emissions come from their tailpipes, the tailpipes of the tankers used to
transport their fuel to the gas station, the emissions from the refineries that
create the gasoline, the power plants powering said refineries, and the
emissions from the mining of oil used for gasoline. Plus, EVs convert roughly
80-95% of their stored energy into kinetic energy, whereas ICEs only convert
roughly 20-25%. Anyway you slice it, EVs are better for our air quality, both
here in the valley and at the power plant. And if you don't want to support
coal plants, there's the Blue Sky Energy program you can participate in to
purchase your electricity from clean, renewable sources. As for your
statement about cost of operating EVs, using older model Nissan Leafs is a bad
example. Newer EVs have already addressed the issue of battery life thanks to
the thousands of patents Tesla released to the public. Their cars can go 300K
miles without replacing their batteries, look at Tesloop.
Make expenses for using public transit tax deductible and they will use it.
Raise the tax on gas. People would drive less.
To "liberal larry " in the case of your electric car you just changed
the location where the pollution gets spewed. Unless you have solar panels or a
wind turbine, your car was charged using COAL or NATURAL GAS.To
"IW " the problem with electric cars is the cost. For example, if you
look on KSL for a Nissan Leaf, you can get one for about $10,000 with around
50,000 miles on it. The problem is that Nissan only guarantees their batteries
for 56,000 miles. A replacement battery is $7800. Most people cannot afford to
spend $10,000 on an electric car only to gamble that the battery will last 5
years or more.
No one mentioned jet smoke streaming out that makes a blue sky turn silver with
who knows what falling down on us.
The proven way to reduce vehicle pollution is natural gas as fuel. No one seems
to want that. Trains carry the same weight of freight a lot farther for the
amount of energy used, but they are so severely regulated that shippers use
trucks. An Israeli firm is testing a hydrogen fuel [not a fuel cell or hydrogen
gas] in the Netherlands on buses, trains, and barges. It is supposed to be about
half the cost of electric. The company is Elctriq-GLobal
What can you do? Wood burners are major contributors to air pollution but
don't want to stop their polluting because they like their fire places.
Dryer sheets contribute up to 3% of the air pollution compared to cars but who
wants to have static on their clothes. And there are still those who will burn
coal thinking they are saving money. What can you do?
Electric cars get 3 times better mileage than gas, are cheaper to maintain an
would save Utahan's money. Modern EV cars have over 200 mile range so that
is rarely a consideration for valley commuters. Having an State incentive to
encourage people to make the switch would do a lot for air quality
If UTA were an actual Mass Transit agency, instead of a commercial and
residential development agency, enriching the well connected, we'd be miles
ahead in both congestion and pollution fronts.
How about getting UDOT to reduce travel lanes on State Street so we can
re-develop our existing city cores to be more residential friendly, walkable,
connected, and beautiful. And get the State Legislature to fund State Street
renewal with gas tax money - this is a way better idea than the truck happy
Inland Port or the sprawling Prison site? How about rail service
on 700 East - great connections to the CBD and University of Utah? How about using 10% of the gas tax to preserve farms, natural spaces,
recreational spaces, and open space to limit sprawl along the Wasatch Front.How about stopping freeway widening and expansion and induced demand?
How about reinstituting the state tax credit for electric vehicles? My electric
car gets the equivalent of 100+mpg, and doesn't spew any pollution inside
the Salt Lake Valley!How about code requirement for new home
construction that significantly lower heating and cooling bills, and pollution.
Maybe the developers at the capital have had a say about this issue.How about lowering the speed limit on I-15? Cars going 55mph use 20% less fuel
than when going 75mph.