Vancouverism@30: The Game Changing EV

The dawn of clean energy is also the advent of free energy—and that will prove to be the game changer.




For two decades arguments in Vancouver about sustainable urbanism have centered on “curbing car use in order to reduce green house gases.” Our civic leaders have sold us towers-and-skytrain as eco-density when in reality something like a money laundering scheme for off-shore wealth has been driving large projects since the late 1970s. The ecology of towers is an urban myth. Yet, the ‘voices of doom’ have never referenced the alternative: switching fuels from fossil to electric. In a land where power has been green since the 1950s, where 93% of electricity is hydro-electric, switching fuels and adopting electric vehicles (EVs) should be a natural common place.

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