Transcript: Climate Watch Shorts: The driver's dilemma | Mar 30, 2017

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A black spinning globe appears next to the caption "TVO Climate Change Shorts."

A caption reads "Nam Kiwanuka. Climate Watch Shorts host."

Nam has curly brown hair and wears glasses and a gray parka.

She says WELCOME TO
CLIMATE
WATCH SHORTS
WHERE WE EXAMINE
THE LOCAL IMPACT
OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
ELECTRIC VEHICLES
ARE OUR PILLAR OF
ONTARIO'S CLIMATE
CHANGE PLAN.
BUT MAKING THE SWITCH
MEANS LEAVING BEHIND
THE RUMBLING SOUNDS
OF CAR ENGINES.
WE GO ON A RIDE WITH
AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALIST
MATT BUBBERS AS HE
EXPLORES THE FUTURE OF CARS
AND HOW THE
CULTURE IS CHANGING.

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A black slate appears with the caption "The driver’s dilemma. The inner conflict of going electric."

A caption reads "Matt Bubber. Car critic."

Matt is in his late thirties, with slightly long wavy blond hair and a beard. He wears black trousers and a black denim shirt.

He sits behind his desk at home.

He says CARS ARE AMONG
THE BIGGER CONTRIBUTORS
TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
SO, AS A CAR
CRITIC, IN SOME WAY
I'M DEFINITELY
PART OF THAT.
I GET TO FLY ALL
OVER THE WORLD TO DRIVE
A NEW LAMBORGHINI ON A
RACETRACK IN SPAIN.
IT'S A DREAM
JOB FOR A KID
WHO GREW UP READING
CAR MAGAZINES,
JUST ENGROSSED IN
THOSE STORIES.
I WAS AT ONE OF
THOSE BIG AUTO SHOWS
A FEW YEARS AGO
IN FRANKFURT.
AND THIS CEO, HE GOT
UP THERE AND HE SAID,
WE JUST SOLD HOWEVER
MANY MILLION CARS
IT WAS THAT YEAR.
AND I WAS THINKING, ALL
THESE PEOPLE ARE APPLAUDING.
BUT WHAT HE SAID, THAT
IS BAD FOR THE PLANET.
WHEN I BRING HOME A
SUPERCAR FOR THE WEEK,
I'M EXCITED ABOUT
THE HORSEPOWER
AND HOW MANY
CYLINDERS IT HAS.
BUT IN THE BACK OF MY
MIND TOO IT'S LIKE,
IT'S A GUILTY
PLEASURE.
IT'S A REALLY
GUILTY PLEASURE.

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The caption changes to "Ron Groves. Manager of education and outreach, Plug’n Drive."

Ron sits in a car. He’s in his fifties, with short white hair and a trimmed beard. He wears glasses, gray trousers and a blue jacket.

He says MY EARLIEST
MEMORIES ARE WITH MY FATHER
OUT IN THE DRIVEWAY IN
THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY
PULLING TRANSMISSIONS
OUT OF CARS
WITH THE WRENCHES
STICKING TO YOUR FINGERS
BECAUSE IT'S SO COLD.
AND FUNNY ENOUGH ENDED
UP IN CAR RENTALS.
AND OF COURSE, I GOT TO
DRIVE ANYTHING I WANTED.
I HAD THE BEST
GARAGE IN THE WORLD.

Clips show images of Ron in his work place.

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Ron says YOU QUICKLY REALIZE
THAT'S NOT THE FUTURE.
AND I THINK IT'S
REALLY IMPORTANT
AT SOME POINT IN YOUR
LIFE, YOU DO SOMETHING
THAT BETTERS
THE PLANET.
YOU LEAVE IT IN A BETTER PLACE
THAN THE WAY YOU FOUND IT.
PLUG'N DRIVE'S ROLE
HERE IN ONTARIO IS TO HELP
THE PUBLIC UNDERSTAND
ABOUT ELECTRIC VEHICLES.
AND THE BEST
WAY TO DO THAT
IS TO BRING THE
VEHICLES TO THE PUBLIC.

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Now Ron sits on the passenger’s seat of a car. A man in his forties sits behind the wheel.

Ron says SO YOU ALWAYS HAVE A
REALLY GOOD INDICATION -
JUST LIKE IN ANY
OLD GAS CAR -
OF HOW FAR
YOU CAN GO.
AND IT WOULD HAVE THE
RANGE ALWAYS INDICATED.
WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT
GASOLINE POWERED CARS
HAVE BEEN AROUND
FOR OVER 150 YEARS.
ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN
THE MODERN FORM
THAT THEY TAKE TODAY HAVE
ONLY BEEN AROUND FOR
FIVE AND A BIT YEARS.
AND SO, CHANGE IS ALWAYS
SCARY FOR PEOPLE.
THE WHOLE POINT OF
OUR ORGANIZATION
IS TO INTRODUCE IT IN A
VERY AGNOSTIC MANNER.
IN THAT, I'M NOT THERE
TO SELL YOU THE CAR.
I'M THERE TO PROVIDE
INFORMATION TO YOU
SO THAT YOU CAN
UNDERSTAND IT AND SEE HOW
IT WOULD FIT IN TO
YOUR FAMILY'S LIFE.
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Ron meets with Matt at a parking lot.

Ron says HI, HOW ARE YOU?

Matt says GOOD THANKS.
HOW ARE YOU?

Ron says MY NAME'S RON.
I ALMOST FEEL LIKE
MATT.
WE'VE MET BEFORE.
I DON'T
KNOW WHY.

Matt says PROBABLY AT SOME
CAR THING, RIGHT?

Ron says YES, IT MIGHT
VERY WELL BE.
I LIKE YOUR RIDE.

Matt says YEAH, TWIN TURBO, V8
WITH 600 HORSEPOWER
DOESN'T QUALIFY FOR
GREEN, GREEN ANYTHING.
IT'S HARD TO
THINK ABOUT.
IT'S LIKE HOW DO I
KEEP GOING TO DRIVE
ALL THESE SUPERCARS
AND SPORTS CARS?
I LIKE THEM.
I LOVE THEM!
BUT THIS IS TERRIBLE
FOR THE PLANET.

Ron says IT'S NOT
THE FUTURE.

Matt says NO, IT'S NOT
THE FUTURE
AND I'M
CONFLICTED.

Ron says I HOPE THAT MAYBE
DOWN THE ROAD
YOU'LL FIND THAT AS
WE MOVE INTO EV'S
YOU'LL PREFER
DRIVING THE EV'S
VERSUS SOME OF
THE OLD GAS ONES.

Matt says BUT THEN YOU START
LOOKING AT ALL THESE
PRACTICAL PROBLEMS
THAT WE STILL FACE,
LIKE RANGE,
LIKE COST,
LIKE CHARGING
INFRASTRUCTURE.

Ron says GREAT THINGS THAT ARE ABOUT
TO HAPPEN IN THE EV SPACE
IS THE LARGER
BATTERIES, MORE RANGE,
AND THE DC QUICK-CHARGING
INFRASTRUCTURE.
QUITE HONESTLY, I FIND
THE TECHNOLOGY IN EV
TO BE MUCH MORE
FASCINATING
THAN WHAT THE OLD
GAS CARS CAN DO.

Matt says YEAH.

Ron says THERE'S ONLY ONE THING
I'M GONNA MISS.

Matt says WHAT'S THAT?

Ron says THE SOUNDS.

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Matt says I THINK EVERYBODY
SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT
CLIMATE CHANGE
ALL THE TIME.
I THINK IT'S THE
BIGGEST SINGLE PROBLEM
FACING HUMANITY.
THE CAR INDUSTRY IN
THE NEXT TEN YEARS
IS GONNA CHANGE
MORE THAN IT HAS
THAN IN THE LAST 100.
SO IT'S THE BEGINNING
OF A HUGE REVOLUTION
IN THE WAY WE
MOVE AROUND.

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Matt gets in his car and drives away.

A caption reads "Music by Stefan Banjevic."

The caption changes to "tvo.org/climatewatch."

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