Au Québec, désinvestissons des énergies fossiles

Land to supply Canadian vehicles by solar energy

References:

Elon Musk:

Numbers of kilometers traveled by cars, light trucks, and heavy trucks each year in Canada:

  • Transport Canada: “In 2009 the light vehicle fleet generated an estimated total of 303 billion kilometers, 3.2% more than in 2008, while the heavy truck fleet was responsible for an estimated 30 billion kilometers (5% less than in 2008 due to the recession)”. We chose to add near 20 billion kilometers because we can’t find more recent numbers.

Tesla Model X EPA numbers:

  • www.tesla.com :
    • EPA estimates that the 70D version can do 354 km with a 70 KWh battery. 354 km / 70 KWh = 5.05 km/KWh.
    • EPA estimates that the P90D version can do 405 km with a 90 KWh battery. 405 km / 90 KWh = 4.5 km/KWh.

Natural Resources Canada:

Tar sand lease:

Lazard:

 

Do the math:

How much electricity to supply all traffic in Canada?

It’s a rule of three:

  X Wh = 350 x 10⁹ km

1 × 103 Wh = 4 km

So

X Wh = 350 x 10⁹ km × 1 X 103 Wh / 4 km

X Wh = 350 x 10⁹ km × 1 X 103 Wh / 4 km

X Wh = 87.5 x 1012 Wh or 87.5 TWh

 

How much land is needed?

87.5 x 1012 Wh ÷ 276 kWh/m² = 317,000,000 m² or 317 km²

 

How much would it cost?

8.6 ¢ / kWh (US) × 1.32 (USD to Can at the time we did) = 11.4 ¢ / KWh

11.4¢ / KWh = 0.000114 $ / Wh

87.5 x 1012 Wh × 0.000114 $ / Wh =  $9,975,000, let say $10 billions