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Electric Vehicle University - 250c THE EV DEBATE

What issues do I need to understand to participate in the EV debate? What real, what's hype and where are the facts?

A discussion of many of the arguments used by those who suggest that EVs cannot be a legitimate challenge for ICE vehicles. Each anti-EV arguments is presented followed by interpretation, counter arguments, and facts. To obtain a copy of the EVU study guide for this and other available EVU courses, please complete the form on this page.

Course level: Intermediate

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Electric Vehicle University - 250c THE EV DEBATE

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  2. 2. 2 The EV Debate, part 3 EV-250c This course is presented as part of Evannex University—a free, open learning environment that presents concise, video-based mini-courses for those who have interest in electric vehicles (EVs) …
  3. 3. EVs vs. ICE Vehicles—The Debate
  4. 4. EVs vs. ICE Vehicles—The Debate
  5. 5. EVs move pollution from the tailpipe to the power plant … assumes all power generation is “dirty” the use of alt-energy is growing even “dirty” generation is getting cleaner ICE vehicles are 20 - 30% efficient. Power plants are 60% efficient and the grid is 95 % efficient
  6. 6. The grid can’t support tens of millions of EVs … Most people charge their EVs at night, when rates are low and grid capacity is high The number of EVs will grow slowly, giving utilities time to upgrade capacity using existing tech New disruptive tech, including the possibility of “fusion”energy may make this argument moot
  7. 7. Alt-energy is too expensive and has potential side affects Alt-energy is expensive today, but in the future—not so much Environmental impact of wind and solar power are minimal and insignificant when compared to the burning of fossil fuels Reality check—every method for generating energy has negative consequence, 7
  8. 8. EVs only work because of government subsidies … corollary: taxpayers who don’t want or like EVs are paying to have them on the road taxpayer subsidize many things—home mortgages, charitable contributions, not to mention hundreds of tax credits for businesses of all kinds China, India, Japan, all of the EU, and other countries all have established subsidies for EVs
  9. 9. The future is fuel cell vehicles … Fuel cell vehicles are EVs the difference is that electricity is generated from hydrogen stored in high pressure tanks in your vehicle the fuel cell then produces electricity fuel cell vehicles are more complex, but do offer an alternative to BEVs and PHEVs 9
  10. 10. Summary There are many anti-EV arguments proposed Although some have elements of truth, the majority are bogus and easily refuted Bottom line—EVs are safe, clean, and cost effective
  11. 11. 11 … a free study guide for all EVU mini-courses is available for download from our website … For a complete list of mini- courses and the study guide, visit: