Plug in hybrids better choice than electric vehicles

Plug-in-hybrids have none of these problems and still save fuel, 80 per cent.

Plug in hybrids better choice than electric vehicles

Electric vehicles promotion is NOT a way forward. They are part of solving climate change, a smaller part than promoted. It is purchaser choice; EVs are not the choice of most. Too expensive, too little range, too much hassel plus expensive public infrastructures for charge stations and more power plants. Then what happens with power failure?

Plug-in-hybrids have none of these problems and still save fuel, 80 per cent. All charging at night therefore no public charge stations and no added power plant, and every PHEV can act as emergency power with generator. Additionally, higher utility of power usage compared to capacity means a lower electric rate, in the 1.5 cent range. A battery much smaller than EVs, eight to 20 kw compared to 25 to 100 kw, at $150/200 per kw. Plus a vehicle life in 15 to 30 year range.

Aggressive promotion of practical vehicles to reduce fuel consumption is important. On-road vehicles average 12 years old. That means all could be changed in 12 years with aggressive management. In B.C. about 175,000 new vehicles are bought each year. Use all the carbon tax revenue, currently $1.56 billion per year, to rebate PHEVs as principle purchase. Saves on spending, changes climate change.

The program, started by the Liberals, and continued by the NDP/Greens to combat climate change appears deliberately designed to slow change. Another “change” is necessary.

Robert A. Conibear


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Duncan Lanes bowlers take on the best in B.C.

The best results for the Cowichan Valley bowlers came in the intermediate girls division

Sonia Furstenau column: Now the time to make changes for the better

This coronavirus has given us opportunity to identify what matters most in our day-to-day lives.

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Drivesmart column: Staying on your side of the road

No exemptions that grant permission to disobey the keeping to the right rule based on convenience.

Mary Lowther column: Starting seeds to beat the slugs, wood bugs

My favourite sorts of seedling starters are the plastic cells that fit inside trays

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Most Read