Sources of Electricity
What’s the operating cost of driving an electric vehicle in your province? Check out CAA’s handy online calculator to find out.
There are environmental impacts resulting from the sources of electricity that electric vehicles use. For example, consider coal-fired generating stations, which emit carbon dioxide. Just like internal combustion engines, these stations emit the greenhouse gas (CO2) that contributes to global climate change. Nuclear generating stations produce radioactive waste products that remain toxic for thousands of years.
However, consider the following positives:
- Much of the electricity produced in Canada is clean, plentiful, and inexpensive.
- Electricity is especially inexpensive in low usage hours, such as overnight, which is the most common time to charge electric vehicles.
- HEVs and PHEVs produce fewer emissions than vehicles using internal combustion engines alone.
- BEVs produce zero emissions from the vehicles themselves.