Tes­las and Bolts and Leafs and Volts, Oh my!

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA - By Wil­liam M. Brown, Bob Bres­na­han and Daniel A. Prichard for Re­new­able Taos TaosEVExpo.org The authors are mem­bers of Re­new­able Taos Inc., a Taos­based non­profit that ad­vo­cates for a full tran­si­tion to re­new­able en­ergy.

Mark your cal­en­dar and plan to at­tend the Taos Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Expo Sept. 8 at the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico-Taos Bataan Hall, down the street from Michael Hearn’s Big Barn Dance.

The noon to 6 p.m. event is a great op­por­tu­nity to learn about elec­tric ve­hi­cles, see new EVs from deal­er­ships, and talk to EV driv­ers to learn the “ins and outs” of own­er­ship. Imag­ine lit­tle or no need for gaso­line! If you live in or near Taos, you can charge your EV with elec­tric­ity from the Kit Car­son Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive grid that is adding more so­lar and wind en­ergy ev­ery year.

Al­to­gether, house­holds in the Kit Car­son ser­vice area spend about $50 mil­lion (about $3,200 per house­hold) each year on fos­sil fu­els (gaso­line and diesel) for our ve­hi­cles. These dol­lars largely go to oil com­pa­nies and their in­vestors. And these

burned fu­els ac­count for more than half our green­house gases emis­sions from all sources.

We can do some­thing about this. We can satisfy our en­ergy de­mands with cleaner en­ergy. This means sup­ply­ing our homes with so­lar and wind en­ergy to re­place coal, nat­u­ral gas and propane, and elec­tri­fy­ing our trans­porta­tion us­ing clean en­ergy.

Elec­tric ve­hi­cles are no longer a prospect for a dis­tant fu­ture. All-elec­tric and plug-in hy­brid-elec­tric ve­hi­cles, such as the Nis­san Leaf and the Chevro­let Volt have been avail­able for sev­eral years. Sales of EVs and new model in­tro­duc­tions are grow­ing rapidly.

As more EVs en­ter the mar­ket, the prices of these ve­hi­cles de­cline. New and used EVs and hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cles avail­able at great sav­ings. Some of the ve­hi­cles at our EV Expo were pur­chased for less than $10,000. They are es­pe­cially well-suited for lo­cal trans­porta­tion.

While some EVs may be ex­pen­sive to pur­chase new, they are much cheaper to op­er­ate than in­ter­nal-com­bus­tion en­gine ve­hi­cles. EVs to­day op­er­ate at a cost equiv­a­lent to about $1 per gal­lon of gaso­line. EVs have un­com­pli­cated mo­tors with very few mov­ing parts and re­quire lit­tle main­te­nance over their life­times.

Own­ers will tell you that driv­ing an EV is a lot of fun. They have ex­cel­lent ac­cel­er­a­tion and do well in all weather con­di­tions. Sev­eral mod­els can travel 200 to 300 miles be­tween charges. Charg­ing EVs at home or with a pub­lic charg­ing sta­tion is safe and easy.

Charg­ing EVs with clean en­ergy from the KCEC grid will ac­tu­ally ben­e­fit our re­gional econ­omy. Those multi-mil­lions of fos­sil fuel dol­lars now sent out­side New Mex­ico can cir­cu­late lo­cally in Taos, Col­fax and Río Ar­riba Counties.

Re­new­able Taos has an­a­lyzed the many ben­e­fits of a rapid tran­si­tion to EVs lo­cally. Many peo­ple in our com­mu­nity drive EVs and plug-in hy­brid EVs and charge them with lo­cal so­lar power. Sev­eral busi­nesses in our area use EVs and have charg­ing sta­tions to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing de­mands of vis­i­tors who drive them.

More charg­ing sta­tions are com­ing. Kit Car­son Coop soon will be in­stalling new EV-charg­ing sta­tions through­out its ser­vice area.

Taos EV Expo ex­hibitors in­side Bataan Hall will have ma­te­ri­als about EVs, hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cles, charg­ing sta­tions, so­lar and wind en­ergy, en­ergy stor­age and en­ergy in gen­eral. Other forms of EV trans­porta­tion will be on dis­play, in­clud­ing elec­tric bi­cy­cles, elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cles, ATVs and scoot­ers. In­vited speak­ers will talk about the EV rev­o­lu­tion and what it means to our lo­cal cit­i­zens and New Mex­ico.

Sev­eral ma­jor auto deal­er­ships will ex­hibit new cars. We in­vite own­ers of elec­tric cars, bi­cy­cles, mo­tor­cy­cles, skate­boards and scoot­ers to ex­hibit their trans­porta­tion and an­swer the pub­lic’s ques­tions.

What is it like to drive an EV? How far can an EV or elec­tric bi­cy­cle go? Where are the charg­ing sta­tions in our town, state and re­gion? How much do EVs cost? Where can I buy a new or used EV? Which new EVs will be on the mar­ket in the fu­ture? What does it take to main­tain an EV? What does EV elec­tric­ity cost com­pared with gaso­line? Does driv­ing an EV re­duce my car­bon emis­sions?

Come check it out and see the fu­ture of trans­porta­tion. Find out more by visit­ing

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.