Green charging: ensuring EVs reach their full potential
Energy can take many shapes and forms. Thermal. Radiant. Negative or positive (optimism for the win). And the same goes for the energy temporarily stored in your EV’s battery. It may be green. Or not at all. It all comes down to how you charge your car.
As a consumer, swapping your petrol car for an electric is one of the many impactful actions you can do for the climate. Regardless of how you charge it. However, we need to ensure EVs can reach their full potential.
Electric cars, like most products, have a carbon footprint created primarily during manufacturing. While the footprint of a Polestar 2 is lower than a comparable internal combustion engine vehicle (ICE) regardless of how you charge it, the EV will keep racking up its carbon footprint throughout its use phase if we charge it with fossil fuel energy, like coal or oil, it. But if it’s charged with green energy, said footprint remains flat throughout the car’s lifetime. Something an ICE vehicle could never achieve.
Evidently, going green is the right way to go.
But going green could be a lot trickier than one might expect.
A recent study found that the EV charging market suffers from a lack of transparency, and the available data suggests that only a low percentage of charging stations globally are run on energy from renewable sources. The proportion of green energy in a country’s charging infrastructure can even be lower than in the country's overall energy mix, meaning the range of energy sources available.
What does this mean then, in reality? It means that an EV owner who charges at public charging stations, may not be driving as emission-free as they might think.
The answer is (spoiler alert) transparency. In order for consumers to vote with their feet, and help create a movement of true climate action, charging providers need to be transparent about the energy they supply to the grid. Without this, we cannot take on the real enemy: climate change.
There are several types of energy. Elastic. Chemical. Gravitational. But only green energy will bring us to a future with climate neutral mobility.
One Charge Challenge: Denver, Colorado
In this first edition of the One Charge Challenge, we will be exploring Denver and the Rocky Mountains to see just how much we can get done on one charge. With a high elevation and steep winding roads, we know we have to plan our route carefully to maximise the experience.
Is Quiet Luxury the next big thing in mobility?
You may have seen it on your TV screens recently. Your favourite fashion influencer has probably enthused about it on TikTok. Or maybe you've read one of the countless editorials that litter the lifestyle pages of glossy magazines. Unknowingly or not, the latest trend taking over the fashion industry has almost certainly touched your life. But dig a little deeper and you start to discover two things. Firstly, this trend isn't just limited to the fashion world. And secondly, it's not really a trend at all. Welcome to the wonderfully rarefied world of quiet luxury.