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Thursday, January 21, 2016

No Car Needed Here - Day 78

I'm in Luxor, but I thought about my truck parked for the winter on P6 in our apartment building back in New Westminster. My Ford Ranger has been dependable transportation and the only vehicle I've owned in Canada.

Last fall, I bought a new set of tires for the truck which I originally purchased new in 1996. That means, of course, I'll keep it on the road this summer. We plan on continuing to winter abroad; thusly, I will only need a vehicle in Canada for just seven months a year. I put on annual mileage which could be counted in the thousands on a single hand.

Yet, I vowed a decade ago that my next vehicle would be electric. Really, the progress on that front has been painfully slow. Just as the technology is finally becoming more mainstream, the price of of oil is sitting at below $30 a barrel. I hope this fact doesn't undermine recent battery development. Burning dead dinosaurs to move around is so 20th century!

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Still, I may as well actively consider something new in 2017. The Chevy Bolt, all electric, goes on sale at the end of this year. A range of 100 miles makes all existing, non-Telsa vehicles only suitable as commuter cars. At 200 miles on a single charge, the Bolt will be a whole new ballgame.

I have spent part of the day researching this topic. Just learning about the power and plug-in standards requires a lot of reading and study. I have, however, determined that the infrastructure is ready now with DC fast-charging options in our province. Of course, the whole west coast has many charging options right down the I-5 corridor. It is surely something which is fun to consider. I wonder if there'll be any cash incentives available by the time I'm finally ready to commit.


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