Drive Electric Earth Day
Apr 26, 2019
|Day:||Friday, April 26, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.|
More than a hundred Bellevue College students, faculty and staff passed by our EVs display every hour in Bellevue College’s courtyard in front of the Student Union Building. It was a balmy, partly sunny spring day in the “rainy” Seattle area. This allowed many of those passing by to stop to talk with the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association drivers who had volunteered to show their EVs again this year as part of Bellevue College’s annual Earth Day observance. No one was hurrying to get out of the rain.
Particularly enjoyable was the enthusiasm for EVs which students displayed when they learned about the fact that electric motors utilize energy three to four times more efficiently than do the internal combustion engines in their current cars. They were surprised to learn their car’s engine spews 66 cents worth of the carbon fuel’s energy out the tailpipe for every $1.00 worth of gas they pump into the tank. The looks on their faces when an EV driver would show the students that the EV did not even have a tailpipe was worth the price of admission.
We had a interesting range of 17 various EV models on display. The only repetition was two Tesla Model 3s and two Mitsubishi i-MiEVs on display.
The EVs on display represented a combined total of more than 1/2 million electric miles driven and about 65 metric tons annually of CO2 which will not be generated by these vehicles and in turn, not pollute the air which the EV drivers, their families, their neighbors and all living beings across the Northwest breath. In addition, no public funds will be needed to remove the CO2 which their EVs will not generate in the first place – not to mention the $s which remain in an EV drivers pocket. This is because they will not be sending 90 cents of every dollar spent on gasoline out of the local economy to the multi-national oil companies while only needing to spend less than $3.00 for electricity to drive 100 miles.
photo by: Jeff Finn
Bellevue College students, faculty and staff talked with owners about real world experiences driving EVs.