Electric vehicles are gaining in popularity around the globe as a cleaner, more efficient solution to vehicle pollution. So, it brings us to the question; how are electric cars better for the environment? Tech and electric vehicle experts helped answer this;
Electric cars produce substantially zero running emissions. Without an exhaust pipe, electric vehicles can reduce air pollution to a great extent in towns and cities. Charging EV’s with renewable energy makes them more environmentally friendly and cost-effective. EV’s are cheaper to run compared to other vehicles and much cheaper if the charging stations or home chargers run on green energy.
However, electric vehicles use lithium-ion batteries to run on. The emissions produced in the manufacturing of these batteries for EV’s are much higher than the conventional vehicles, but it is still a greener option. As technology progresses, and it always will, organizations are working to mitigate these emissions.
Recycling batteries is the topic of discussion in many research departments, and there’s still room for improvement. With an increase in the production of green energy and ongoing technology breakthroughs in engineering, the manufacturing process will become more sustainable.
Harriet Chan, the Co-Founder and Marketing Director of CocoFinder
Reduced Reliance on Fossil Fuels
One of the biggest ways to help the environment is by reducing the amount of pollution created by automobiles. In order to solve this problem, automobile manufacturers have been working on creating automobiles that do not use fossil fuels as a source of power. One way they have done this is by creating electric cars.
Electric cars run on electric power obtained from sources such as batteries. The biggest advantage is that they have a significantly lower impact on air quality.
More importantly, electric cars will not cause any of the environmental problems that come from gas-powered engines, such as global warming and the destruction of natural habitats, their electricity comes from renewable sources, and their fuel efficiency means that you’re not using up the world’s resources as quickly.
Electric cars also have little to no impact on noise pollution. They tend to have quieter engines than traditional cars, so while your engine is on, you’ll only hear a slight hum.
Another big advantage of electric cars is that they can be powered from renewable sources such as solar and wind power. We often think of the world’s oil supply as unlimited, but it’s actually rapidly decreasing with each year. The oil supply is really the only thing keeping the gas prices where they are now, and if there were a way to create an electric car that provided all of its fuel from renewable sources, then that would stabilize the price at a much lower rate.
Drago Viteo, Automotive Engineer CarPhrases.com
Reduce Carbon Emission
Since electric cars run on electricity rather than petrol, they can help to significantly reduce the carbon emissions produced by cars. The European Energy Agency conducted research which found that the carbon emissions of an electric car are somewhere between 17 – 30% lower than those produced while driving a petrol or diesel car (even after taking electricity production into account!).
Even though the production of electric cars also produces a significant amount of carbon emissions, more so than even regular cars, the reduction in emissions from the use of fuel is still enough to cancel this out and make electric cars the greener option.
Marilyn Gaskell, the Founder of TruePeopleSearch
EVs Have Great Potential for Further Improvement
We need to embrace electric cars (EVs) in order to meet target greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals. President Biden recently set a target for the United States to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50-52 percent from 2005 levels in 2030. One of the top ways to reach this goal is increased EV adoption.
There are a few downsides to EVs, namely, the production of EV batteries and how they are charged. The process to produce an EV creates more emissions than it does to create a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. At the same time, EVs are powered by electricity from the grid, which is usually powered by fossil fuels.
Despite all this, electric vehicles are better for the environment. Over their lifetimes, EVs produce fewer carbon emissions than ICEs. Electric cars do not rely on fossil fuels to run like gas-powered or diesel-powered cars do. Once production is complete on an EV, it does not produce any carbon dioxide emissions outside of the charging station. On the other hand, traditional vehicles constantly push carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere every time they are driven.
More and more utilities are turning to renewable energy sources. As the grid begins to favor more renewable energy sources, EVs will become cleaner as well. Additionally, government-funded research is looking to find ways to recycle EV batteries in a sustainable manner, and EV manufacturers are starting to use renewable energy sources in EV production.
Vanessa Peng is the Marketing Coordinator at the U.S. Energy Recovery.
Reduce Air Pollution
Electric vehicles (EVs) reduce air pollution. In fact, the electric vehicle itself doesn’t produce any air pollution as it drives down the road. This fact is especially obvious in cities with a high volume of traffic. Smog isn’t healthy, and combustion engines are a significant contributor to smog. EVs, on the other hand, provide clean driving.
Charging Stations Can Be Powered With Clean Energy Sources
Even if an EV is powered by regular electricity, the total emissions are lower than what’s made by a comparable combustion engine vehicle. Even hybrid vehicles can reduce emissions by 35% compared to standard engines. EVs are even better for the environment when clean energy sources power them. Power plants aren’t the cleanest energy source, but they produce the most easily accessible energy.
Melanie Musson is an electric vehicle expert with AutoInsurance.org
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