Someone's been drinking Musky Kool-Aid. The ICE isn't going anywhere for a long time yet, and the environmental costs of battery manufacturing are not trivial; we just don't see a lot of it reflected in current pricing because China is still willing to bear the externalities in exchange for economic growth. The major auto manufacturers are all going heavily into hybrids, though, which do seem to make the most sense.
(not responding to ludi so much as expanding upon his remarks...)
Not to mention that electricity is generally generated by fossil fuels, and Alberta of all places is certainly no exception to this.
When people talk about "emissions" being better for electric cars even when that electricity is from coal/NG, wellllll, they mean your usual standard pollutants
. Which is all well and good, but it's a bait-and-switch: They're not actually talking about CO2.
Which is, of course, the previously mentioned "climate issue"--if you are mad cause granddad is hacking up a lung and your kid is wheezing, different story.
The cleverer ones pursuing this deception get even more feisty--they'll talk about CO2 equivalents. Which is, of course, methane
, a stupendous forcer. Now, you might wonder, wait, my car emits methane? Well, yes, a little, but the catalytic converter should make short work of it and it's trivial as component to overall anthropogenic-related CH4 release(lots of laws and engineering to make sure your car is emitting as few unburnt hydrocarbons of any stripe as possible--the catalytic converter is just the last stand).
No, what they are doing is counting total overall emissions by the production of gasoline all through the chain. I.e., the drilling, the transporting, the refining, the distributing, etc...
Which, gulp, is highly suspect
, especially in a future of "MOAR SOLAR + WIND".
Why? Because Natural Gas is what makes our dual boondoggles of wind + solar possible.
Because, practically, when the sun ain't shining and the wind ain't blowing, gas-fired turbines can easily be spun up fast enough to respond.
WHICH, mind you, is part of the reason (admittedly the larger part is that we've decided coal was naughty, but still, all this wind+solar is part of it, and intrinsically so!
) why NG went from like ~20 of our total generation to damn near 35% in the past 10 years.
Oh? What is natural gas?