Even 100% electric cars cause greenhouse gases, City of Regina report says
Delegate to City Council urges city to do more to promote electric
Electric cars might be a lot cleaner than gasoline-power vehicles, but they still create carbon emissions, a City of Regina report says.
Regina city council is meeting tonight and one of the items on the agenda is charging stations for electric cars.
A report says the city could install public charging stations, but it could cost $26,000 to install three of them.
That might be too much, considering there are only five completely electric vehicles in Regina, it says.
The report, prepared by city staff, also notes that greenhouse gases are still created with electric vehicles.
Generating one kilowatt-hour of electricity in Saskatchewan produces the equivalent of 0.63 kilograms of carbon dioxide.
That's higher than the national average of 0.16 kilograms per kilowatt-hour.
In both cases, gasoline vehicles generate far more of the greenhouse gases linked to climate change: 2.72 kilograms of CO2 per gallon burned, the report says.
Council is expected to hear from a member of the public, John Klein, who says in a letter that the city should be doing more to make itself electric-car friendly.
"If coal electricity is a concern, realize that solar power can be added soon after and the electricity
provided will be as green as possible, something gasoline vehicles can't easily be converted to
make use of," Klein said.
That meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. CST.