Since I started this blog I’ve been contemplating how to handle the elephant in the room. Are electric cars actually better for the environment compared to Internal Combustion Engines (ICE)? For my fellow Albertan’s, it certainly isn’t intuitive to think that a car getting the majority of it’s power from coal fired power plants can be better for the environment than our traditional ICE vehicles. In fact, it’s the subject of numerous meme’s and hate on social media. (I’m sure more than one of you readers have seen the above Tesla with the Coal Powered licence plate being shared on various feeds).
Now that we know that we don’t have to worry about “running out of gas”, lets talk about our personal charging plan. Tesla provides the charger (shown on the right) with all of their existing cars. It allows you to plug the car into pretty much any electrical outlet available in our everyday lives. The car and the charger work together to make handle this automatically so it isn’t a major headache to the driver. But, how much can a charger like this help power an Electric Car?
Having been born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta I certainly know the challenges relating to our climate. After all, how many times do cars up here need a boost in winter because their battery couldn’t handle the cold? Are there any special considerations we are going to have to be aware of when we take delivery of our electric car? Well the simple answer is: of course… but it’s not going to be overly onerous.
Of course nobody wants to be late for an appointment or stranded on the roadway because their car ran out of gas. Additionally, charging a battery does take longer than filling a gas tank. However, when it comes to the Tesla Model 3, we aren’t the least bit concerned.