The increased climate change has affected everyone on the planet directly or indirectly in one or the other way. The harsh truth about the change in environment is, whether or not we are causing harm to it or not we can always be at the receiving end of the consequences caused by it. Therefore it becomes important for everyone to make conscious changes in the way we deal with the environment in our everyday life. One of the major shifts that the world is witnessing these days is the change in the automobile industry with the introduction of electric vehicles.
When it comes to investing in something that is about to bring in a lifestyle change, it’s often a tough choice to make. We have heard a lot about how electric cars are good for environmental health. However, let’s understand what exactly changes in the environment with the use of an electric vehicle.
To understand the difference between ICE vehicles and Electric vehicles, we need to learn about how these two vehicles function.
An ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle typically are the vehicles which burn the fuel in order to run the vehicle. The tailpipe in the vehicles act as coolant for the heat and friction generated by the burning of the fuel, and hence release the gasoline waste such as carbon-dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. As we know, these gases are harmful for the environment.
An Electric vehicle on the other hand, has no tailpipe. This means the vehicle does not emit any harmful gases in the environment. As a result of this, electric vehicles reduce the air pollution to a great extent. Research says, just one electric run over a year can save upto 1.5 million grams of CO2. This is equivalent to four return flights from London to Barcelona.
We can see the impact that one electric vehicle has on the environment. When collective decisions and efforts are made, electric vehicles can significantly reduce the air pollution and help in building cleaner cities. Good air quality doesn’t only impact the environment but also supports mankind in various ways with most important being health benefits due to good air.
Many argue the way electric cars are built and the process involved to make electric batteries. However, research states that the making of an electric car doesn’t use as much energy as compared to an ICE vehicle.
Taking into account the manufacturing process of an electric battery for the vehicle, electric cars are still the greener option because of the reduction in emissions created over a cars lifetime.
Another aspect of electric batteries is the reuse and recycling of the batteries. With the advancement in technology, efforts are being made to reuse and recycle the batteries. Technology such as electric storage is being worked upon to see the usage of second hand batteries.
Research by the European Energy Agency states that, “Even with electricity generation, the carbon emissions of an electric car are 17-30% lower than driving a petrol or a diesel car.”
Thus, the impact that an electric car has on the environment is much more than what we can foresee at the time of purchase. In the long run and increased usage by the community, a significant change in the environment can be brought about. The more we all talk, understand and use electric vehicles, we will be able to help ourselves, the community and the human race at large with our smart and sustainable purchases.