Electrify Everything

Watch this space!
New options for affordable, reliable, environmentally-friendly Electric Vehicles are coming to Barbados soon!

Anticipated: Fall, 2024.

Please reach out in the meantime if you have questions. We'll be happy to serve you!

Because the planet needs all the help it can get

Experts agree: climate change is real, and is a serious threat. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, but particularly in the past few decades, carbon emissions have been increasing exponentially, in a hockey stick fashion. Those emissions will stay in the atmosphere for decades to come, and the planet's reaction to that reality is yet to be known. The effect of one person switching from a combustion to an Electric Vehicle may seem negligible, but it is one small step needed in the direction we all need to go. In short: getting an EV makes you a part of the solution.

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Because you will save a ton of money

The verdict is in and there is no doubt about it: Electric Vehicles are way cheaper to operate. There are two main ways that you save: 1) the cost of electricity is about 1/3rd the cost of fuel required to power a vehicle, over the same distance travelled. If you spend $400/month on gas or diesel you can expect to pay not more than $150/month if you charge at home, your cheapest electricity (*note: if you add solar you will then literally be driving for free). And 2), they are cheaper to service. You can say goodbye to having to ever again having to pay for: an oil change, an oil filter, an air filter, a muffler, catalytic converter, spark plugs, or timing belt! The fact is, the sooner you switch to an EV, the sooner you start to $ave.

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To cool our environments

First, think about how a combustion vehicle works. We all put a petroleum product (gas or diesel) into a little engine, and then drive around our neighbourhoods. What happens then is less understood: 80% of the energy produced when petroleum is ignited goes towards the creation of heat, while only 20% goes towards the energy required for the propulsion of the vehicle. What a waste! That engine under the hood becomes very hot. You would never put your hand on an engine that has been running even an hour after it has been turned off. So imagine the heat that is collectively created when dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of these little mobile heaters are concentrated into an urban environment. With an Electric Vehicle, you have none of that. Collectively, EVs will go a long way towards cooling our local environments, especially our cities.

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Performance

When it comes to performance, Electric Vehicles are just better. They: 1) are better at hugging the road, given that the central positioning of the battery gives them a lower centre of gravity; 2) respond immediately when you step on the accelerator (none of the delay to engage that you experience with a combustion vehicle); 3) have a higher torque than a combustion vehicle; 4) have faster acceleration, in most cases, and; 5) are quieter. The experience of driving an Electric Vehicle is just, well, electric.

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Air quality

At one time or another we've all been behind a vehicle that is spewing out noxious smoke. It's disgusting! But less appreciated is the insidious effect that the accumulation of all these emissions has on human health. It has been estimated that nearly 90% of people worldwide live in regions where average air pollution levels exceed acceptable ranges. Poor air quality leads to reduced lung function, increased risk of asthma complications, heart attacks, heart failure, and death. Imagine how much cleaner our air would be if we all drove an EV!

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Electric Vehicles are more expensive.

We can understand why you might have that impression, but not so at Energy Mart. The EV industry is changing rapidly and new, top quality brands are coming onto the market that are at parity with combustion vehicles. This is attributable to EV industry trends, namely: increasing production, increasing efficiencies, and decreasing costs for EV components, especially battery minerals. Battery prices have been coming down sharply owing to increasing production and decreasing prices of lithium, the primary battery element. The sooner you move over to an EV, the sooner you start to $AVE!

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EV batteries don’t last.

First, a quick primer on how EV batteries work. Surprise! They are much like any other battery: you have a battery with a charge, you use it, the charge level drops, and then you recharge it. Over time, with the repetition of this cycle, batteries gradually lose their capacity. The RATE that EV battery capacity goes down is already known from EVs that have been on the road for years, or that have been used a lot in a short period of time (i.e. taxis). On average, studies show that EV batteries can be expected to comfortably maintain 80% or more of their capacity after 250,000 Kms of driving.

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EV batteries are expensive to replace.

Whoever says this must have a time machine that lets them travel into the future. Why? Because things are changing so rapidly that is impossible to know what the future cost of a battery will be. But one thing is for sure: because of declining materials costs and increasing production efficiencies, the cost will undoubtedly be lower than what it is today.

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EVs don’t have the range that I need.

EV manufacturers are coming out with products that have all sorts of ranges, normally 250 and 400 kms. Considering that the average driver travels about 30-40 kms per day, EVs will easily provide most people for days of driving on a single charge. Range is no obstacle to having an EV, especially if you live on a small island!

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Charging is too slow.

Snap question: how long does it take to charge an EV? Answer: eight seconds. Why? Because that's how long it takes to plug it in! Owning an EV means a new way of 'fueling' your vehicle that, in total, will mean you spending far less time charging than you have been spending while waiting at the gas pump. All you do is plug it in when you get home, unplug it the next morning and ... Boom! ... you're good to drive for days. 'Fast charging' is simply not something that most people ever need to think about. Just charge at home, and $AVE baby $AVE! Come talk to us and we'll explain how it all works. It's easy!

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Electric Vehicles are bad for the environment.

Wrong. Just wrong. To start, Electric Vehicles produce no emissions, while a combustion vehicle spews out C02, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, benzene, and formaldehyde. How nice. EV naysayers will then argue that when you take into account an EV’s production, including mining the materials for the battery, their advantage is negated. This is also just flat out WRONG. Remember that there are a lot more similarities than differences between a combustion and an Electric Vehicle, the battery being the main difference, and battery minerals, especially lithium, are abundant in nature. It is true that you need to consider the source of electricity that charges an EV. But it is more efficient to create energy from one central source (i.e. a generating station) than from multiple sources. If that make that source of energy a renewable one (solar or wind energy), then you are truly minimizing your climate impact. Overall, when it comes to the climate, EVs top gas-powered vehicles, and it isn’t even close.

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