A colleague of mine generously lent her Nissan Leaf for us to test drive for the week. We need to answer two questions before we head down the electric car route:
- Will the range be enough for daily driving in our two car household.
- Is it cleaner than a hybrid or small diesel.
The answer to first question seems to be an unequivocal yes. Total daily driving for each of us is about 8 miles. Total miles driven in the household each day – about 16. It’s not much. We’ve ended each day with plenty of range on the Leaf. We can’t envision a day where it would be a problem.
The answer to question #2 is a little more difficult. I’ve heard anecdotally about the relative cleanliness of electricity generation vs. burning automotive fuel. I discovered one paper so far in my not-exhaustive research: A Roadmap to Climate Friendly Cars: 2013
Basically, in Minnesota if you don’t take in to account the manufacturing of the car, it is cleaner than the next cleanest option (a plug-in prius). If you do take in to account the manufacturing, it is less clean.
However, I imagine you can tip that balance on an individual basis by installing rooftop solar panels.
If we head down this path, my dear readers, you can be sure that I will blog about it here in excruciating detail… more to come!
Categories: Environment, Transportation.
12/15/2013 at 8:49 am
Studio Neat — Glif
This thing is pretty neato…
(Via Daring Fireball.)
12/5/2013 at 9:47 pm
Busting Eight Common Excuses for NSA Mass Surveillance | Electronic Frontier Foundation
“I have nothing to hide from the government, so why should I worry? “
Handy guide from the EFF
12/5/2013 at 9:14 pm
I submit this to you without comment…
Categories: Random Thoughts.
11/17/2013 at 9:53 am
Besides the fact that the presentation of this page is awesome, this article is an excellent overview of where we are with the NSA.
NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations explained
11/10/2013 at 3:54 pm
here’s a nice little concert while you sip your coffee on this fine morning…
11/9/2013 at 8:05 am
This is a great list of things, pretty similar to what I wrote about (and better written, as well)
The complete guide to not being that idiot who got the company hacked – Quartz
“Every week there are headlines about a company getting its email, website, Twitter accounts or something else hacked. The reason? In a word: Employees. “
11/4/2013 at 6:52 pm