4 Reasons why electric cars are better for the environment
Electric cars are at the forefront of discussions relating to sustainability and eco-consciousness. Why are electric cars better for the environment? Do you really save money with EV? are some of the common questions raised on EV adoption. Governments and manufacturers are playing their part by introducing incentives and releasing better models in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. In this article, our main focus is to provide you with 4 reasons why opting for an EV is good for the environment.
EV Adoption: Insight into the Irish buyers:
In Ireland, private vehicles are most likely to remain the preferred mode of transport due to factors such as:
- Low-density settlement patterns.
- Lack of public transport options.
- Development of motorway networks.
According to SEAI, a total of 1 million EV's will be introduced onto the roads by 2030. Moreover, if we look at the current scenario with regards to EV adoption, 40% of consumers are attracted to the option of purchasing an electric vehicle. In addition, 80% of EV owners will prefer their next car purchase to be an EV. The numbers mentioned above provide us with a sense of optimism. However, the lack of charging infrastructure still proves to be a major stumbling block.
Are electric cars better for the environment?
Zero tailpipe emission:
When compared to traditional vehicles, EV's don't require a tailpipe because they do not produce exhaust. As a result, EV's release no harmful pollutants thus improving air quality in cities. Additionally, the CO2 emissions from EV's (60gm/km) are far less to that of a Petrol car (130gm/km). Finally, the lithium-ion batteries used in EV's are non-hazardous, safe and long-lasting and can be charged repeatedly.
Zero noise pollution:
Electric vehicles are eerily quiet which adds to the advantage of curbing noise pollution levels. Moreover, getting rid of engine noise can significantly improve the environment.
Fewer greenhouse emissions when compared to traditional vehicles:
A sizable portion of charging stations now run on renewable energy such as solar and wind. However, there still exist charging stations that make use of fossil fuels, thus, adding to carbon emissions. Furthermore, EV's that charge in oil-powered stations make use of two-thirds of energy when compared to conventional vehicles, hence, generating lower greenhouse emissions.
Decrease in dependence on fossil fuels:
Reducing the use of fossil fuels can have a positive impact on the environment. Further, electric vehicles serve as a pathway to a better and sustainable environment. How? EV’s make use of electric power which is sourced from batteries. Moreover, electric vehicles do not cause any harm to the environment that arises out of fossil-fuel-powered engines such as global warming.