Rick talks with GardenFork Scientist Tony about the benefits of an electric car. Tony owns a Nissan Leaf electric car. How do you charge your electric car? Tony tells about charging the Leaf in his garage and remote charging stations at stores he has used.
The question many have is when you use an electric car, are you just transferring the emissions from your tailpipe to the power plant smokestack? Tony makes several good points about how much cleaner it is to use an electric car.
The power plant is much more efficient than a gasoline engine
Power plants have tight emission controls on their smokestacks.
Benefits of an Electric Car - Cost Savings
Tony talks about the fuel savings, and they are amazing, his fuel ( electricity ) costs are so much lower with the electric car versus the gas powered car he also owns.
Range anxiety, does it happen? Tony does have another car that is gas powered and when he goes on vacation, he shops for deals on rental cars.
Rick points out the electric car sales are rising each year, and Tony says he has now seen other Leafs, electric cars, and charging stations around, not just in California. The infrastructure costs
Tony says the battery pack life has to get better for the electric car to gain popularity, cold weather limits his range to about 70 miles, really cold weather lessens the mileage. If a battery lasted 250 miles, it would be a great breakthrough.
Rick thinks electric car batteries have been holding up well, the notion of the multi-thousand dollar battery replacement has not played out, as many people go to a auto salvage yard and get a battery from an electric car chassis for a few hundred dollars.
Consumer Reports now has podcasts, the Rick likes, its much better than the dry tone of the magazine, it adds life Consumer Reports, Talking Cars.
Tony urges folks to look into buying an electric car for themselves, you can't be scared off by second hand information. It has been a great experience for him, and Rick and Tony say GardenFork Mike is just full of it.