Driving 3,250 km for only $30, in an electric vehicle

Want to drive to Quebec City from St. John’s, and drop into Prince Edward Island along the way for only $30?

Conservation biologist Brett Favaro did it — all in his electric vehicle.

Favaro decided to plan a family vacation around a work trip to Fredericton, N.B., to take part in a conference for the Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution.

After boarding the Marine Atlantic ferry to get off Newfoundland, Favaro said it was smooth sailing in terms of ease of use for driving an electric vehicle.

“We chose Argentia because there’s very little charging infrastructure on the island of Newfoundland,” Favaro told CBC Radio’s On The Go.

“Once we got to Nova Scotia, there wasn’t much planning necessary at all, because every 100 kilometres down the road or so there’s a fast charging station that you can use to plug in on the highway.”

According to Favaro, his car can get up to 400 kilometres on a single charge.

Charging times then vary depending on which kind of charging stations a driver encounters on the road.

The trip

In total, Favaro said he and his family drove 3,250 kilometres, which took 700 kilowatt hours of power.

To put that into perspective, Favaro said, paying for 700 kilowatt hours of power in Newfoundland and Labrador would cost $77.

With free charging at Tesla stations for his vehicle, and Airbnb accommodations that had EV charging stations, Favaro said he only ended up spending $30.

Favaro said the equivalent cost in a typical, gas-powered sedan would be between $300 and $400 for the same trip.

“I think about where I’m putting my money as well. Climate change is a real serious problem. I would rather give my money to the electricity utilities, and I’d rather give my money to the charge station companies than I would to the gas stations,” he said.

“Nothing against the people who work at gas stations, but the industry as a whole needs to shift to renewable energy so that we can actually decarbonize our economy.”

To view the full original article, click here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/cheap-driving-electric-vehicle-1.5260631