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Are electric cars a cost effective eco-friendly solution?

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Some simple math for a no-brainer decision regarding … “Are electric cars a cost effective Eco-friendly solution?”

  • A home charging system for a Tesla requires a 75 amp service.
  • The average house is equipped with a 100 amp service
  • In a neighborhood of approximately 25 homes, the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than 3 houses with a single Tesla, each. For even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded. 
  • This situation would involve a renovation of the entire delivery system!
  • Test driving a Chevy Volt, for four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25  miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.
  • Calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery. So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.
  • It will take you 4 1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.
  • According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned. Depending where you live (it varies with amount used and the seasons) calculated at $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery. $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery. Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.
  • The gasoline powered car costs about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000……..So the American Government wants  loyal Americans not to do the math, but simply pay 3 times as much for a car, that costs more than 7 times as much to run, and takes 3 times longer to drive across the country…..
  • The reduction in noise pollution is obvious but the reduction in environmental pollution is an illusion.

The Environmental Issues Of Electricity Production

The variety of fuels used to generate electricity all have some impact on the environment. Fossil fuel power plants release air pollution, require large amounts of cooling water, and can mar large tracts of land during the mining process. Nuclear power plants are generating and accumulating copious quantities of radioactive waste that currently lack any repository. Even renewable energy facilities can affect wildlife (fish and birds), involve hazardous wastes, or require cooling water.

For further information regarding why the generation of electric power produces more pollution than any other single industry in the U.S.A., read Electricity Generation and Pollution.

We have just 12 years to limit climate change. What can you do NOW?

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New climate change report from IPCC states that urgent change is needed to decrease the risk of rising temperatures, severe weather and poverty. read more

Plastic Pollution

How Is Plastic Pollution Harming The Environment?

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Plastic as we know it, has only really been around since mid-way through the 20th century but in that time it has made its way into every part of our daily lives. From clothing to cuisine, its abundance has certainly been hard to avoid. read more

Alternatives to Household Plastic

5 Savvy Alternatives to Household Plastic

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Scientists have shown that the equivalent of a rubbish truck full of plastic is entering our oceans every minute! With only a third of UK households’ plastic waste actually recycled each year, it’s time to start thinking of alternatives and #PassOnPlastic. read more

air pollution

How does air pollution affect your health?

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Air pollution is the name given to substances carried in the air that are harmful to our planet and to our health. You can’t always see it or smell it, but air pollution is a secret killer. According to a report by the Royal College of Physicians, exposure to air pollution is said to cause around 40,000 deaths in the UK every year, and more than 9,000 early deaths in London alone.
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7 Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Waste

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Single-use plastic is more topical than ever, particularly since the harmful effects its use is having on the environment and oceans was brought to our attention in the most recent series of Blue Planet. read more

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Are Electric Vehicles Really the Answer to the UK’s Air Pollution Crisis?

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Electric cars are growing rapidly in popularity and car manufacturers everywhere are angling for a piece of the action. Even Dyson is in the process of manufacturing its own model in a bid to hop aboard the electric vehicle bandwagon. But perhaps it’s not all it seems…

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Meet our Founder: An Interview with Nat Rich

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Meet the Ibiza Radio DJ, Model, Presenter and eco-entrepreneur transforming the automotive industry! We caught up with Sustainable Flow’s founder Nat Rich, to find out where it all started. read more

What are the best ways to reduce your personal carbon emissions?

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With the Paris Climate Agreement forcing (almost all) governments around the world to evaluate how best to tackle climate change, reducing carbon emissions is more pertinent than ever. But it can’t just be left to those in power.

Each of us as individuals has a vital role to play in shrinking our own carbon footprints, and the best place to start is by looking at how we use our cars. Why? Car pollution is one of the major causes of global warming causing both immediate and long-term effects on the environment.

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How to reduce your company’s vehicle fleet costs

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Whether you’re a small company or a much larger and established business, the cost of running a vehicle fleet is one of the largest overheads that has to be faced. It costs a great deal of money to buy these vehicles in the first place, fuel them for their journeys and keep them maintained by dealing with any repairs or damages. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to run your fleet more efficiently while making vital savings for your business. Take a look at our list of tips for reducing fleet maintenance costs and optimising efficiency below.

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