Electric cars save money, even with Hydro increase

Maple Bay – Re: “Environmental solution not so easy”

In her letter, Marja Blasé asked some good questions which I would like to answer.

She asks, “As for electric cars – where does the electricity come from?” She will be relieved to know that there is no fossil fuel production of electricity in B.C. We do, however, import some electricity from outside our borders, so an electric car runs on 30 per cent fossil fuel, instead of 100 per cent, as do conventional cars.

Marja asks, “(As) Hydro is going up 28 per cent in the next five years, what savings?” I own an electric car. Yes, a plug-in, 100 per cent electric car. And I can assure her that the electricity needed for me to drive to Victoria and back costs me around $2. That’s right, $2! A conventional car that gets fairly good mileage will probably cost around $15 for the same trip.

When Hydro goes up as planned, I will have to pay all of $2.50! When the price of gas goes up 28 per cent (and it will!), a gaspowered trip to Victoria will cost almost $20.

She asks, “What do you intend to do with all the used batteries?” I admit I don’t know the answer, but I have a question for her: What do you intend to do with all the people living on the world’s crowded coasts when sea levels rise? Before I close, I would like to throw in a big Thank You! to our municipal and provincial governments for providing EV charging stations in many convenient locations. It’s the way of the future but it should be the way of the present.

Cynthia Montgomery

Maple Bay