After all, isn’t the same fuel used to produce the electricity which runs your car?!
If you drive an electric car or not, a question that must have crossed your mind…
Since EVs (Electric Vehicles) first hit the road twenty years ago, they have been getting a ton of criticism and have been questioned by most… starting with manufacturing methods to battery power sources and everything else related.
Add to that all the amount of rumors and misinformation that make it that much more of a mystery… and we’re here to debunk them.
So, how “green” are these cars exactly? Let’s find out…
EVs Effects on Pollution
Air Pollution Impact
To make it simple and imaginable, replacing 5 internal combustion cars with electric ones can save up to 7.5 million grams of CO2 in the air on average, and that’s the same weight of a full-sized African elephant of air pollution!
It is also known that many governments around the world are trying to completely eliminate the use of internal combustion cars and rely completely on electric vehicles. The UK government, for instance, is working to ban all gas-powered cars on the streets by 2040.
So, if you’re living in the UK you should be thinking about selling your car and buying a new electric one before the value of your car takes a dive.
Did you know that a lot of new electric car owners have problems when starting up their cars because they have less to no sound?! A lot of drivers say that they try to start their electric cars because they are used to the sound of the engine, but when the sound is not there, they think the car didn’t even start.
This means that – as they are far quieter than gas-powered vehicles – electric cars lower noise pollution significantly, especially in highly condensed areas.
What About Electric Cars Production and Manufacturing?
The biggest question that arises here is “Does manufacturing an electric car cost more energy and produce more pollution than a regular car?”
And the short answer to this is: Yes, unfortunately, it does.
This is mainly due to the costs of manufacturing Lithium-Ion batteries, which obviously are an essential part of an electric car. To put it in broader terms, the amount of CO2 emissions that come from an electric car is in the manufacturing of its battery.
But this problem comes with a positive side… due to the increasing production in batteries required for electric cars, and electric cars being around for quite some time now, reusing and recycling batteries is increasing. For instance, used car batteries can be used again as power storage units in other industries, meaning the production of car batteries itself will cut-back on the production of batteries in other places. And by that decreasing CO2 emissions in its own way.
With all that taken into account, this means that even with their high CO2 emission rate during manufacturing, electric cars are still more eco-friendly.
What About the Electricity Required to Run an Electric Vehicle?
A smart question many people think they ask, but not as smart when you look it up.
Research has shown that, even with the need to generate electricity in manners that produce carbon emissions, electric cars produce 17% – 30% fewer carbon emissions than a regular diesel-powered car.
And still, the means to produce that energy are far more numerous than you might think… we have many environment-friendly ways to generate electricity now.
So, are Electric Cars Really a Greener Solution?
No, they are not zero-emission vehicles, plus making them and running them does cost earth carbon and heat emissions.
But in spite of this, they are far less destructive to the environment, especially when more eco-friendly ways are being developed as technology advances.
Should You Go Electric Now?
Back in 2010, EVs on the roads formed up only 1% of all the cars being used in the world… it might look like a small number, but not when you consider the number of cars and car drivers in the world and that their use has sky-rocketed to 5% only from 2018 to 2020!
And surely you have seen some ads from the biggest carmakers announcing they have gone electric. This means that we’re looking at a decade where electric cars are going to fill up the streets.
The final answer is YES electric cars are undoubtedly better for the environment. And now you know how to make a knowledgeable decision before you decide to sell your car hit the streets with your EV now…