First things first, are electric vehicles eco-friendly? It’s been an ongoing debate since they were first produced. Here’s why electric cars and scooters are important.
Electric Vehicles Have Minimal Tailpipe Emission
Contrary to popular belief, electric cars have fewer emissions. According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, electric vehicles contribute to less smog and climate change. The lack of a fuel line, tank, and tailpipe makes electric cars emit no carbon dioxide emissions. The European Energy Agency found that emissions are around 17%-30% less than diesel or petrol cars.
Pollutants from traditional vehicles, directly and indirectly, harm health. Whereas electric cars can move around without contaminating the air and putting the elderly and children at risk. Also, electric cars greatly contribute to improving air quality in cities and towns.
Electric Vehicles Contribute Fewer Emissions in General
Population reliance on petroleum leads to vulnerability to supply disruption and price spikes. Despite this, U.S. electricity is produced from nuclear, coal, natural gas, wind, and other renewable sources. Calculating life cycle emissions have factors like fuels, vehicle production, distribution, recycling, and disposal. This makes it a little complicated to calculate. Nevertheless, electric vehicles already produce fewer life cycle emissions than traditional vehicles because they don’t rely on gas alone.
One electric car can save an average of 1.5 million grams of C02 a year. These vehicles are far quieter than traditional vehicles. This reduces noise pollution and creates peaceful environments within communities.
Manufacturing Can Be Eco-Friendly
Aside from improving public health, electric vehicles also reduce ecological damage. The source of electricity was a major concern even before Tesla made a name for itself. Undoubtedly, these concerns will be a thing of the past as generations shift towards sources with little to no emission. With the advancement of technology, manufacturing techniques will be more cost-efficient and effective. The number of emissions created during the production of lithium-ion batteries is minimal. Also, the reusing or recycling of these batteries is an emerging market. The use of second-hand batteries as electricity storage is being researched further. As this factor still has a long way to go, charging stations also help with environmental impact.
Another way manufacturers are eco-friendly is the materials they use. Recycled or organic materials can actually be used for small components. These all-natural or recycled materials are strong, eco-friendly, durable, and lightweight. Overall, electric cars have been designed to be lighter than traditional ones. The weight reduction is significantly better for the environment. This is because the production of new materials like plastic and metal is unsustainable.
Despite having different types of electric vehicles, they have one thing in common: an environmental impact. Some are completely electric while others are partly, but they are all part of a bigger picture. The need for more sustainable means of transportation has risen and will continue to gain traction. If you have already invested in an eclectic vehicle, make sure to protect your car as you protect the environment.