The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its 'Revolution…Now' clean energy technology report for 2016. In the report, the DOE revealed that Americans bought over 115,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in 2015, more than double the number purchased in 2012 despite sustained low gasoline prices. And as of August, the U.S. has nearly 500,000 electric vehicles on its roads, making it one of the largest markets in the world for EVs.
ElectricRideables.com applauds this electrifying success! As noted in the DOE report, "It is good news for our climate, our health, and our economy. With fewer to no tailpipe emissions, EVs reduce local air pollution and help us breathe a little easier."
One of the keys to the future success of "going green" is the continued development of more efficient and lower cost batteries. The DOE estimates that the cost of producing lithium batteries for electric vehicles has fallen by an astounding 73% since 2009, which is a key factor in lowering the cost of ownership of electric vehicles.
The Last Mile
As noted above, sales of battery-powered automobiles are growing at an impressive rate. Electric vehicles are a great alternative choice to traditional gasoline-powered cars. Today, however, there are alternatives, even to electric-powered cars, which are especially attractive for 'last mile' transportation.
"The Last Mile" refers to the mile or two many people must travel to get from their home to the bus or train station, and then from the station to work. And back. Thousands of people have discovered that smaller, even more efficient electric vehicles such as electric bikes, electric scooters and electric skateboards are an ideal transportation option that in many cases can actually replace their car five days of the week. It's not unusual for an electric bike, skateboard or scooter to have a carbon footprint equivalent to 1,500 miles/gallon or more!
At ElectricRideables.com we fully support the idea of "going green". As the DOE report so accurately points out, "We can and should plan on using [clean energy technologies] to clean our air, drive energy independence, and help build an economy that is more competitive and more efficient, all while reducing carbon pollution." Electric vehicles, including smaller 'last mile' options, will help us get there.