Civic Hatchback vs. LEAF Hatchback

Should you buy a Honda gas burner, or a pure electric Nissan if you need a family hatchback motor vehicle?

“2019 Civic hatchback and coupe models are priced […] at $20,150US and $19,350US, respectively. The base trim includes features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 5-inch display screen, and a USB port.”

Currency exchange is about 1.34 to CAD right now, so that’s 20150*1.34 = $27000$26,265 (price updated Apr 27, 2019)

My used Nissan LEAF 2014 (bought 2 years ago), with the same technology features listed above plus rear heated seats, and heated steering wheel (handy in Winter): $15,500. At my old place, I had 8 solar panels which cost $8400 installed. Together that’s $23,900.

Now, I’m no financial genius, but a solar powered hatchback that costs $2365 less than a new gas burning hatchback, seems like a better idea.

Doubting sorts might question, can a $8400, 2kW solar array really power a Nissan LEAF. That’s a great question! The answer is complicated. The short answer is yes.

Using a Bluetooth OBDII car-computer reading gizmo to read the LEAF’s battery status with my phone and the app Leaf Spy Lite, it reveals the car’s battery has 20kWh of capacity, down from its brand new 24kWh selling point.

Using the Solar Edge website, I was able to determine that my array in March would typically produce more than 10kWh per day. That electricity is instantly used in the house, the EV if plugged in to charge, and the excess goes into the grid. The power company, SaskPower, provides a credit 1-for-1 for the electricity provided vs. taken from their grid in a set year. This is known as Net Metering.

My household tends to charge the LEAF to 100% overnight on the regular wall plug (slow Level 1 charging this is called), and use it to about 50% capacity during the following day. That means it needs ~10kWh put back into it at night.  Astute readers will note that’s about how much power the panels are producing.

The LEAF doesn’t need gasoline, or oil changes. You can “fill” it at home on a regular wall plug. Why are people still buying new Civics? If they routinely travel more than 100km in the city in a day, or 70km at top highway speeds, the Civic might be more appealing, but it’s obviously more expensive and harder on your lungs and our planet’s creatures.

Now, if you want to save even more money, and more creatures, I have another tip for you:

$5000 Canadian Government Rebate for Some EVs

This means people who buy cars need to first of all NOT buy an EV to replace their gas burning commuter vehicle. “Whattt?” you’re saying. If everyone who has a car now continues to own an EV instead, we still won’t make it below our emissions target for 2030. What instead?

2. Invest in public transportation e.g. , , , and safe biking and walking infrastructure in our cities and even between our towns.

3. Encourage a switch to EVs, but also give financial incentives if people switch to the bus, or train, or ebikes. You could buy Canadians 3 ebikes for every $5000 spent on one automotive rebate.

4. If you rebate the purchase of new EVs, also offer it for used EVs. Adoption happens faster if a used $15000 LEAF is 33% less @ $10,000. A $37000 for $32000 isn’t as affordable.

A rebate that applies to only new cars may be what automakers want, but we’re in this huge mess *because* politicians did what automakers wanted. Instead do what Canadians want and need, and make low-carbon transportation super affordable, please.

I’m begging you, from my ebike.

Joe Oliver Is Trash Like the Financial Post

Canada has had some bad Ministers of Finance, but can you think of a stinkier one than Oliver in his time since being tossed? Just yesterday the odious Financial Post published a factually incorrect account of climate change, for the benefit of fossil fuel companies which Oliver serves.

The climate alarmists are keeping poor people in the dark — literally
It is impossible to elevate people in dire need to a decent standard of living without inexpensive electricity

However, failed predictions about […] islands sinking into the sea and extreme weather events have seriously undermined their scare tactics and moral preening. The evidence simply does not substantiate the apocalyptic prophesies.

Islands don’t sink into the sea, that’s not the prediction, Joe. It’s rising sea levels. It may look as the same disastrous result, but science has never said that islands will literally sink as a result of climate change.

Also, about that supposed lack of climate disasters, how many years ago was it that downtown Calgary, and also downtown Toronto flooded?

source: business.financialpost. com/opinion/joe-oliver-the-climate-alarmists-are-keeping-poor-people-in-the-dark

Now Oliver has a new role to spread his ignorance or his fossil-malice. He’s an independent energy board crony of the Ford government. I’m sure they’ll find his skills as an island-sinker very handy.

Bonus:

Is Saskatchewan Leaving? Not That Way

 

Should Saskatchewan leave Canada?

It’s nonsense. We can’t even leave Saskatchewan, by bus.

Why is the daily newspaper amplifying a stupid, divisive, ill-conceived billboard ad anyway? Are the separatists taking the free newspaper coverage into account when they purchase their billboard?

The reason there are some loons looking to separate is because they work in extractive industry, feel they are hard done by because their dirty NON-RENEWABLE jobs are running dry, and if they just blame Ottawa hard enough they’ll get their good times back.

How else does Moe nurture the fantasies of separatists? His party is mocking Alberta’s economic projection simply because their government is presently NDP, even though they’re also pro-oil. He’s also making us pay for a futile carbon tax court challenge, against our future.

Maybe I should express less disdain for the local daily newspaper. Then again, they keep running a column of someone who once libeled me in his column there. And they regularly publish other Climate Change Deniers, who are harming our world and consequently our families.

I can’t tell if their cold recklessness in misinforming people is maliciousness or simple indifference or stupidity. There’s a razor that answers that, but I’m still leaning toward maliciousness as the cause. I don’t want to accept that such a large organization is that corrupt, but obviously it can be.

CBC Picks Up Attack On Environment

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Krause and her decade long Astroturf campaign against NGOs doing environmental work in Canada.

Classic dirty tricks.
“If Krause were seeking a fair answer, she’d quickly learn that both investment dollars and philanthropic dollars cross borders all the time. There isn’t anything special or surprising about environmental groups receiving funding from U.S. foundations that share their goals — especially when the increasingly global nature of environmental challenges, particularly climate change, is taken into consideration.”

P.S. Someone in 2013 was getting documents from CBC:
A-2013-00115 “Provide copies of all documents, including e-mails, memos, media lines, analysis, reports, contracts, correspondence, etc. regarding the Tides Foundation or Tides Canada since January 1, 2013. Clarification Jan. 24/14 Please limit search to the English news networks in Toronto, Ottawa, B.C. and Alberta.”

Skunk In The Stinky FP

The FP published a ridiculous op-ed by Brad Wall.
business.financialpost .com/opinion/ brad-wall-canada-could-impact-emissions-were-ottawa-not-so-obsessed-with-carbon-taxes

“So, in Paris we were — without intention — a few prairie skunks at this low-carbon garden party.”

His intention was to stink. Wall has remained a skunk throughout his public life.

Remember a decade ago when he promised a Green Tech Fund to develop technologies to reduce emissions, instead of a price on carbon pollution? No? Perhaps because he never delivered it. His sole mission, that he shares with the odious (climate change Denial org) Heritage Foundation when he delivers his speeches in the USA, is to delay climate action.

I know most people reading the Financial Flop Post won’t agree with me, but his ideas are terrible, and are causing global damage.

The reason CCS is even close to making economic sense from his perspective is because it’s for Enhanced Oil Recovery. So the net pollution CCS reduces is offset by some unknown amount of oil burned for every unit of carbon dioxide re-sequestered underground.