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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Green Cars Are Not Green Myth; Debunking The Claim That Electric Cars Are Not Green, By Just Looking At The EPA/DOT MPGE Monroney Sticker In The Window, Nissan Leaf Gets 116 MPGE On Highway 126 City

DEBUNKING THE MYTH THAT ELECTRIC CARS ARE NOT GREEN; JUST LOOK AT THE EPA MILEAGE STICKER ON EVERY NEW ELECTRIC CAR WINDOW


Comparing an all electric or hybrid vehicle to a fossil fuel vehicle, one can see the direct comparison and prove that electric cars are greener than fossil fueled cars via the EPA sticker that is on all new cars sold.

Looking at the EPA/DOT sticker below, we see that the Chevy Volt gets the equivalent of 98 miles per gallon, when compared directly to a fossil fueled equivalent car of equal size getting 37 miles per gallon, which is way better than most fossil fueled cars on the road today, because the average is around 20 mpg.

Monroney label showing EPA's fuel economy environmental comparison label 2013 Chevrolet Volt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Volt

The Volt is not a pure electric car, so just about any electric car gets even better 'mileage', compared to the Volt, as shown below.

2016 NISSAN LEAF 100 PERCENT PURE ELECTRIC CAR GETS EPA RATING OF 116 MPGE CITY AND 95 MPGE HIGHWAY


BREAKING: 30 kWh 2016 Nissan LEAF Officially Gets EPA 107 Mile Rating With 116 City/95 Highway

The BEST evidence that an electric car is greener than a fossil fuel obsolute clunker is the above example of all EPA stickers in the car windows at the dealers lot, which lists the mpgE or mpg rating of any vehicles sold in the US. 

SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT THE MPGE FIGURES ARE MEANINGLESS AND THE EPA IS JUST MAKING UP SOMETHING THAT HAS NO RELATIONSHIP TO THE REAL WORLD

Some people would argue that the EPA is just making things up and the chart on every car window means nothing. In other words, the EPA is creating a conspiracy theory and all of these figures are worthless. But in fact, these figures are solid science as far as they go. Here is what those figures are based on....

Via ModernMarvelFan October 20, 2015  EPA uses 33.7 kWh = 1 gallon of gasoline in energy content.

So, if you get 3 miles/kWh, then it is 101.1 mpge (3x 33.7).

Now, EPA rating includes the charging loss which is about 15-18% lower than what owners can get in the real world with their onboard battery capacity and range traveled."

SOME PEOPLE CLAIM THAT ELECTRIC CARS ARE NOT GREEN DUE TO GRID LOSSES OR INEFFICIENCIES

SJC October 19, 2015 MPGe numbers are misleading, they do not account for the energy used to make the electricity. If your grid is 40% efficient, the 100 MPGe number is really 40.

ModernMarvelFan October 19, 2015  MPGe is measured at the car. Same as ICe cars where MPG is measured at the car with how much energy is pumped into your car in terms of gasoline. MPGe includes charging loss which is amount of energy pumped into the car. Nobody includes the amount of energy used to extract, refine, transport and then deliver the gasoline into the car."

If a really fair comparison were desired, then one would have to include all of the UNCOUNTED externalized costs, pollution costs, healthcare costs, environmental destruction caused by fossil and nuclear fuels all the way from mining to burning, spills, explosions, fires, nuclear disasters, spills, leaks, nuclear bomb proliferation and beyond, nuclear waste storage costs for one million years, but no one does that.

No one is counting these hidden and secret externalized costs of fossil fuel or nuclear pollution and their negative effect plus cost on this generation plus 7 future generations, or more. This REAL cost of carbon and nuclear fuels is one that no one bothers to add up, including that effect converted into a reduction in REAL miles per gallon that could then be compared to renewable fuel based electricity.

No one is counting the regenerative braking benefit that electric cars receive when going downhill, or slowing down to a stop. Fossil fuel cars get nothing from braking, and the engine keeps right on polluting no matter what the car is doing; idling, braking, speeding up, slowing down, etc.

No one is counting the benefits that accrue from millions of Electric Cars just sitting there at a red light or stop sign, or in heavy traffic, as they use very little energy and emit NOTHING while just sitting there. How does a statistician measure the benefit of sitting in traffic in a sea of Electric Cars, which emit ZERO FUMES, POISONS OR TOXINS, whether running, speeding up, slowing down, coasting, idling at a red light, or sitting in heavy traffic.

Meanwhile the fossil fuel cars all have to continue idling, burning fossil fuels, emitting fumes, toxic poisons and forcing everyone around them to breathe all of that in. 

How much would the figures change and get better with a 100 percent renewable energy (wind/solar/water) power plant, hooked up to an electric car and home and the total external costs for that combination?  We are probably looking at a REAL mpgeverything of POSITIVE 5000, for this side of things, and a NEGATIVE 5000 mpgeverything on the fossil fuel/nuclear side of things if one includes EVERYTHING, from mining to disposal, plus impact on 7 future generations, negative health impacts, costs, and the pollution of the environment from both carbon and nuclear fuels being burned.

THE ONLY WAY TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING IS TO REDUCE OR GET YOUR CARBON FOOT PRINT TO ZERO


How Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Cars Affect the Environment
"If cars and trucks put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and trees remove it, how many trees does it take to offset the carbon released by one sport utility vehicle? The following calculations may be subject to debate, but here are my ballpark guesstimates:

One gallon of gasoline weighs about 6.2 lbs. Of that, over 5 lbs. is carbon (the rest is hydrogen). According to the EPA, burning one gallon of gasoline produces about 19.4 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2).

If a SUV that gets 15 mpg is driven 15,000 miles a year, it will burn 1,000 gallons of gas. That puts about 19,400 lbs. of carbon into the atmosphere (combined with oxygen as CO2).

A mature tree 40 to 50 feet high weighs around 10,000 lbs. Of that, at least 7,000 lbs. is organic carbon compounds (the exact amount will vary depending on the species and the density of the wood). To reach this size, most trees need 30 to 40 years of growing time. This too will vary depending on the species of tree, its geographical location, soil conditions and weather. Trees in hot, wet tropical climates grow a lot faster than trees in northern climates.

Assuming these estimates are reasonably accurate, one to two mature trees contains about as much carbon as the gasoline burned by a typical SUV in a year.

But remember it takes 30 to 40 years for the tree to absorb all that carbon from the atmosphere. The process of "photosynthesis" takes time. Leaves use sunlight and water to convert CO2 from the atmosphere into sugar that the tree uses to grow and build more wood fiber. The tree's average carbon uptake, therefore, may only be about 200 lbs. of carbon a year.

To offset the carbon released by driving a SUV 15,000 miles a year, therefore, it takes at least 35 medium-sized healthy trees to convert CO2 into wood.
more at; http://www.aa1car.com/library/co2.htm

TONS OF CO2 EMITTED BY VEHICLES PER YEAR, DEPENDING ON MILES PER GALLON





(2,000 lbs. = 1 ton.  An SUV emits close to 10 TONS OF CO2 per year)

The above chart does not even include an electric car, but it would be down below the 50 mpg, and show less than half of the emissions of the 50 mpg car. In reality, an electric car emits nothing, but the mpge figure includes the theoretical much lower carbon footprint of an electric car, compared to fossil fuel vehicles.


AN ELECTRIC NISSAN LEAF GETS 126 MPGE CITY AND 101 MPGE AND HAS NO 'RANGE' LIMITS WHEN IT COMES TO LONG TRIPS




The Nissan Leaf is not limited to this range, because with a quick charge outlet, it can be recharged in 15 to 30 minutes (to 80 percent), so that an electric car like this can be used for long trips. Call these recharges 'rest stops'. Walk around, get the blood moving, eat something, or get some coffee while you are waiting for your 'fillup'.

How long to charge a 2011/2012 Nissan Leaf?
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/-GJh2pBEOFQ 6 min.


IT IS POSSIBLE TO DRIVE LONG DISTANCES IN AN ELECTRIC CAR, BUT IT TAKES A WEE BIT LONGER, USING QUICK CHARGE STATIONS



In an average longer trip that takes a gas car an average of 2 h 41 min to go (137.4 mi), one would have to add in about another 1 hour for an electric car to stop and recharge twice at quick charge stations, making it a 4 h 41 min drive time. 

But this figure is misleading, because the gas engine car will more than likely stop at least once for a bathroom break, and probably stop again to refuel at least once. so the difference is not really that big. Now if the fossil fuel car stops for a rest stop anywhere on the way on this same trip, the differences drop to almost zero, but the benefits of the electric car remain. 

There are enough quick charge stations along every major freeway route that it is possible to go just about anywhere on those major freeways, for any long distance trip. Just make sure that when you stop overnight, that you recharge fully by the next morning with an electric car plug in at the hotel or friends house that you stay at. 

THREE DIFFERENT WAYS OF CHARGING AN ELECTRIC CAR; LEVEL I, II, III

When on a long road trip with an electric car, it is absolutely required to stop and recharge when the 'electric meter' gets down to around 20 miles of range left. The only realistic way to recharge quickly with an electric car is with a level 3 charger that offers 440 volts plus 90 to 100 amps of power.

Think outside the box, as there is no 'box' with electric cars, as long as they have access to a quick charge 440 amp charger, and it can recharge an empty battery to approximately 80 percent in 15 to 30 minutes.

Combining smart phones, apps that show where these level 3 chargers are, and one can go just about anywhere on a long trip via major freeways in an electric car. Of course, the electric car has to be capable of taking a quick charge and have multiple ports to plug into. The net impact of driving in a no gas car is that the mileage greatly increases, the cost per mile goes down, and the negative impact on the environment is greatly reduced.

FREE FUEL IS COMMON WITH A NEW ELECTRIC CAR THAT IS PURCHASED OR LEASED FROM A DEALER AND THIS MAY BY WORTH $1000 OR MORE 



One bonus of driving in an electric car is that there is magic created while driving. Anytime the electric car is slowing down or going downhill, it is actually CREATING POWER and refilling the battery. In other words, while driving downhill on a mountain road, the mileage meter fuel guage INCREASES and GOES UP, not down, despite driving many miles. In a recent trip going over the Santa Cruz mountain range, the mileage left in the Nissan Leaf was down to 57 miles at the top of the range, and then increased while driving downhill towards the coast to 74 miles. MAGIC!

You cannot do that with a gasoline or diesel vehicle.

Another benefit of electric cars is that some charging stations do not charge you as the owner of the electric car to recharge. In other words, you get the equivalent of FREE GAS, for your electric car. TESLA offers owners of their electric cars free power charges FOR LIFE. (Check to verify)

Nissan offers owners of their electric cars free power for 2 years. (Check to verify)

Try to find an equivalent to that in the carbon fuel world... it is almost impossible.


THINKING AND DRIVING HABITS CHANGE WHEN ONE OWNS AN ELECTRIC CAR

Because electric cars are different from fossil fuel vehicles, one must learn to think differently. When diesel vehicles first came out, one had to plan ahead to figure out where to fuel up, because diesel fuel was not easily found and not many stations offered it. But over time, diesel fuel was more easy to find and now it is easy to find this fuel just about anywhere.

The same thing is happening with electric car charging stations. Along major freeways, it is possible to find quick charging stations fairly easily, especially if one has several apps that combine a map and information about the electric car charging stations.

If a person does not own a smart phone and cannot access these apps, it is possible to plan ahead and write down the directions to quick charge stations on the trip. It will pay to have at least two and possibly three options in the same general vicinity, so if one charging station is not working or has a line, you can drive to the next one and 'fill up'.

Another quirk with quick charge stations is that there are at least two different types of charge plugs, and they are not universal. One has to pay attention to this detail or one may end up trying to charge at a station that has the wrong plug end, which will not work.

THE GLOBAL PROBLEM BEING CREATED BY CARBON FUEL ADDICTION


The global problem that humanity is facing is that we are generating much more CO2 than the trees and grass can soak up. This is why the CO2 is increasing in the atmosphere, and since it is an insulating gas, it causes global warming and then negative climate changes.


Global CO2 Carbon Emissions Time History Of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, by CIRES And NOAA - Reached Record 36 Billion Tons In 2013
http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2013/12/global-carbon-emissions-set-to-reach.html

SUMMARY

Vehicles release about 1.7 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year—mostly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2)—contributing to global climate change. Each gallon of gasoline you burn creates 20 pounds of GHG. That's roughly 6 to 9 tons of GHG each year for a typical vehicle. Learn moreabout how a gallon of gasoline can create 20 pounds of carbond dioxide.…
https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/climate.shtml

The mpge is a direct comparison between all forms of vehicles, comparing all fuel sources and the pollution they emit. The higher the mgpe score, the lower the total pollution emitted. It also helps boost the score even further to use 100 percent green power from solar, wind, geothermal to recharge. 

Bottom line, get an electric car, and then sign up for clean renewable power to recharge your electric car if at all possible, to get the best of both worlds and lower your carbon footprint as much as possible. The cleaner the power; (wind, solar, geothermal, tides etc.) the greener any electric car becomes.

It is becoming more and more common and easy for ordinary customers to choose the 100 percent green (carbon and nuclear free) option on their utility bill. As more people choose to make this switch, the greener our energy supply becomes.

Sonoma County Clean Power - One Of First In Nation To Offer 100% Zero Carbon, Zero Nuclear Local Energy Option To Customers, Pays Up To Retail Prices To Buy All Solar, Wind Energy From Home Owners
http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2013/08/sonoma-county-clean-power-one-of-first.html



WHAT YOU CAN DO

Be the change you want to see in the world. The first step is to measure your carbon footprint. What you cannot measure, you cannot reduce or eliminate.

Carbon Footprint; How To Calculate It For Home, Farm, Business; Zero Carbon, Zero Nuclear Future Required, How To Turn 6 Pounds Of Gasoline Into 20 Pounds Of CO2
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2015/02/carbon-footprint-how-to-calculate-it.html

Lease or purchase and then drive an electric car, bus, train, trolley, etc, and recharge it/them with as much green energy as possible.

Set a goal of getting to a zero carbon, zero nuclear power footprint, via 100 percent clean, renewable power, and then work towards it.

Activist Teach In; 30 Things Anyone Can Do To Make A Positive Difference
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2015/07/activist-teach-in-10-things-anyone-can.html

7 Generations Zero Harm Project; Environment, Carbon Footprint, Holistic Living, Zero Point, Renewable Energy, Energy Storage, Zero Nuclear, Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Zero Chemicals
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/p/green-energy-green-living.html

Pollution control devices cannot reduce your car's CO2 emissions. You can only reduce them by

Choosing an electric car

Choosing a car with better gas mileage  (absolute best)

Getting the best fuel economy out of your car

Using a low-carbon fuel, such as ethanol or CNG

Walking, biking, or taking public transit more often

Combining trips when possible (also saves time and money)

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Green Cars Are Not Green Myth; Debunking The Claim That Electric Cars Are Not Green, By Just Looking At The EPA/DOT MPGE Monroney Sticker In The Window, Nissan Leaf Gets 116 MPGE On Highway 126 City
http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2016/09/green-cars-are-not-green-myth-debunking.html

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