the time is now. take the electric car pledge.

Be part of the mass adoption of zero emission transportation.

2 Degrees Institute is asking people to take the Electric Car Pledge. Climate scientists are warning us that we need to drastically reduce our carbon footprint and quitting fossil fuels is a necessity for every one of us. Please do your part and take the pledge that your next vehicle will be electric.

Make the transition to zero-emission personal transportation.

Why switch to electric cars?

The world's climate scientists are telling us that the planet doesn't have the luxury to wait for governments to "maybe" or "someday" mandate the lifestyle changes scientists believe need to happen. Every one of us needs to take personal action now. We must wake up from our daily routines and make the necessary changes in our lifestyle and purchases that experts are saying must occur. A transition away from a fossil fuel driven economy is one of these steps and thankfully most of us in North America have a choice to drastically reduce our own carbon footprint through a single decision of making our next car an electric one.

A new generation of 300km+ (200 mile) range electric vehicles are finally here in a price range comparable to mass produced gas vehicles, it is now easier then ever for the average middle-class consumer to make the leap to the new paradigm of zero emission personal transportation. To help individuals take this step, 2 Degrees Institute is asking people to take the Electric Car Pledge: that when they are ready to shop for their next vehicle, that next vehicle they buy will be an electric one.

Why Take the Electric Car Pledge?

By physically taking the pledge, you are making it harder for your future self to give up on your goal. This is a physcological strategy proven by scientists to help people stick to their goals. Even if you have already decided to make your future car purchase electric, we encourage you to use the pledge as a tool to further cement your commitment in writing - to quit fossil fuels in transportation. We understand that there may not be an electric vehicle currently available that adequately fulfills your needs (ie: pickup truck). The Electric Pledge allows you to keep driving your existing vehicle until a suitable electric equivalent comes to market. If that means further delaying your next vehicle purchase and driving your current one for longer then you planned, please accept that reality. Every major car manufacturer is quickly ramping up their electric vehicle lineup so you may find your wait may be a lot shorter than you think and well worth it! See what's available today.

Quitting fossil fuels in transportation may be the biggest single cut in emissions that you can take, but it isn't the only action. Learn more about what makes up the average North American's carbon footprint and see how else you can reduce it.

If you believe in what we are trying to do, please help by volunteering or making a one-time donation here.

29.8

%

Percent of an average person's carbon footprint that comes from transportation (driving and flying). That's a big number that can be seriously reduced (depending on your electricity source), just by switching over to an electric car!

99.59

%

The percentage of vehicles in North America that are powered by fossil fuels. We need to replace these vehicles with electric and fast.

585,000

Estimated number of electric or plug-in electric cars in North America. We need to get this number up, big time. Pledge to make your next car electric.

Calculate your environmental impact on driving electric.

The Full Impact of Driving an Electric Car

How much of an impact will an electric car have at reducing my emissions?

The climate change benefits of replacing your car with an electric one depends on how green the source of the energy powering it is.

This map displays the combined city/highway fuel economy rating of a gasoline vehicle that would have global warming emissions that equal an EV. The full life cycle emissions - from raw material extraction, manufacturing, transmission line loss, type of fuel etc. - are all factored into these calculations. The fuel economy values are expressed in MPG (miles per gallon) or L/100km. You can also toggle the map to view what annual and lifetime reduction in emissions would be achieved by driving electric and how long it would take before you offset the extra emissions that go into manufacturing an electric vehicle.

If you live in an area where an electric car offers little improvement over a comparable gas powered vehicle, you can still make a big impact on reducing your carbon footprint. How? By powering your electric car with solar energy that you produce yourself with solar panels on your roof. If that’s not possible, you can often purchase green energy from a power company. Be sure to double your impact by putting enough solar on your roof to power both your car and your home and finally quit fossil fuels!

With the world now focused on lowering greenhouse gas emissions to stop climate change, electric power grids will continue to get greener and produce fewer emissions. This means that electric cars will too!



Source: Comparing Global Warming Emissions of Electric and Gas Powered Vehicles by Electricity Region
A powerful tool for reducing your contribution to global warming.

Electric Car Benefits

A major car website once asked if carbon [climate change] was the right reason to get car buyers to switch to electric cars. If they were to pose this question to the world's climate scientists, their response would be a resounding "absolutely!". Climate change is such an enormous threat to our planet and all life that depends on it (including ourselves) that all other benefits of owning an electric car are trivial in comparison. We are talking about a mass extinction event that will rival the one that killed off the dinosaurs, major coastal cities being abandoned due to rising sea levels, century long droughts, severe food and water shortages and climate refugees numbering in the hundreds of millions. All these problems contribute to increased political tensions and conflicts. A report by the US military says that climate change is a "threat multiplier that can exacerbate terrorism". Looking at it in this context, how much does it really matter that an electric car is more fun to drive and saves money on fuel and maintenace?

A renewable source of happiness
By far, the single largest benefit that you will get by driving an electric car is a reliable source of happiness each time you get in your vehicle - knowing that the electric vehicle you are driving is a key part of the solution for solving the problem of climate change and its effects. The world will thank you.

Air Quality

Despite continued improvement, too many people in North America live where the air is unhealthy for them to breathe. EVs have no tailpipe and therefore no emissions - imagine how clean the air could be around you with everyone driving an EV!

Convenience

EVs never require a trip to the gas station, tune-ups, transmission repairs, spark plugs or oil changes. Your hands will never smell like toxic petrochemicals. EVs have far fewer moving parts than gasoline cars. There's no engine, transmission, spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, tailpipe, distributor, starter, clutch, muffler, or catalytic converter. There are a lot fewer things to break down, so maintenance costs are much lower.

Quiet

Music sounds clearer. Hands free calls are quieter. Virtual assistants are better able to understand your commands. Without the engine noise and vibration of an internal combusion engine, a vehicle can be such a more peaceful and calming experience.

National Security

Our addiction to imported oil has huge national security implications. The U.S. for example, spends nearly a half billion dollars on foreign oil every day, mostly for transportation. Every time you fill up your car, you're sending a check to foreign countries to pay for their oil. Why not send your money to the local electric utility or neighborhood solar installer instead?

HOV Lane Access

In many big cities in North America, electric vehicles are allowed to use the HOV lanes, allowing drivers to spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends.

Affordability

On average, fueling a car with electricity is roughly the same as gas at $1/gallon of fueling with gasoline, thanks to EV's performance efficiency and the lower cost of electricity. Electricity prices are also far more stable than gasoline prices, allowing drivers to avoid the risk of future price spikes. Maintenance costs are also roughly 30% less.

Performance

Plug-in vehicles offer a quiet, smooth and powerful ride. An electric motor provides full torque from a standstill and completely changes the experience of getting onto a fast-moving highway.

Cooler Cities

Electric vehicles are cooler - giving off only about 20% of the heat a gas vehicle emits. What this means, is that the urban heat island effect can be reduced a great deal by the large-scale adoption of EVs (and phasing out of heat-spewing, gas-powered vehicles). "Heat waves kill, and in terms of climate change, even one degree can make a difference."

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Electric Cars

Are electric cars dependable? Are they expensive? Do I have to worry about the battery? See the answers to common questions people have about electric cars here.

"Climate change. It's not an "issue" for you to add to the list of things to worry about. It is a civilizational wake up call. A powerful message - spoken in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts - telling us that we need an entirely new economic model, one based on justice and sustainability." - Naomi Klein, Author
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