"Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution," True or false?

by Jonma on September 7, 2017 - 1:23pm

I like the idea of electric cars, being a fan of technology myself, it is not hard to image how happy I would be to try a tesla or simply ride a nissan leaf. In the recent years, the Government of both Canada and USA have made many improvements to the highways isntalling many electric vehicule charging stations allong resting areas to help people travel long distance. I believe electric cars are the future and will cause less pollution. 

" Electric vehicles could prevent more than 493,000 metric tons of climate-changing carbon pollution annually in New Jersey by 2025. That's the equivalent of saving more than 55 million gallons of gasoline per year, or eliminating tailpipe pollution from more than 104,000 of today's cars and trucks. " 

The quote shows a study from the state of New Jersey, it demonstrates how many liters of gasoline we could avoid per year. Eliminating a lot of emitted gas from trasnportation is a problem we need to deal with sooner or later. I feel like there's a lot of pollution that comes from everything car related, highway maintenance, car maintenance, etc.. Not just the carbon that comes out of the engine. I believe that EVs, Electric Vehicule, even though they are hybrid the gas engine pollutes less, because of how efficient the electric engine is.

One thing I dislike is how hard to acquire the cars are and how expensive the process of switching to 100% renewable energy is. 
 

" "I've been driving electric cars for the past five years and powering them from the solar array on the roof of my home in Chester, New Jersey. I've driven over 140,000 zero-emission miles and have enjoyed every one of them. Electric cars provide not only a cleaner driving experience, but a better one. They are quieter, can accelerate faster, and offer a more relaxing driving experience. Driving on sunshine is indeed the future, and you can experience it today," said Tom Moloughney, the state director for Plug In America and owner of Nauna's Bella Casa restaurant in Montclair, which includes its own charging station. "

The exerp here from the same article points towards a subtle detail, which is how much you need to invest to be able to use 100% renewable energy. I said before I like technology and I like Tesla's a lot, when they made the announcement of the powerwall and the solar rooftop, I was very excited until I realized how expensive and ahrd to get they would be. I am grateful that some people put body and mind into creating solutions to our polluting habits but I also hope that in a near future we will be able to run on those renewable energy without being rich. I feel like it is very expensive and people need to get out of their way to use the renewable energy and this is why the rythm of adoption is not as fast as the medias hype it to be. \\

 

Work cited:

New Report Recognizes Environmental Benefits of Electric Cars, Targeted News Service; Washington, D.C.

https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/docview/1542292589/citation/D91E45...

Comments

First of all, I would like to convey my appreciation for your zealous approach to saving the world.

I completely agree with everything that you stated in this summary, electric cars are definitely something that, although will not completely stop pollution, will help in lessening the pollution emitted by cars not only through the pipe line, but also the maintenance involved in keeping these cars working. Also, i think that it is true that the adaption of electric cars are slow due to its price range, but according to the article "A vision of our transport future", by Lawrence D Burns, the price is not the only thing holding people back from converting to EV users.
"their popularity is still limited by range, recharging time and cost. Further battery breakthroughs and reductions in vehicle weight will be required if plug-in cars are to have as wide appeal as conventional-sized cars."

The quote above shows that not only are EVs expensive, they are also quite limiting (travel range, and recharging time wise). It also states that current EVs will be in need of upgrades in the weight department, which will definitely cost companies more resources in order to accomplish, in order to make it more popular.
This course of action on the other hand will force the companies to sell the cars at an even higher price, which is a paradox.

To conclude, in the end its still up to the people if they want to go out of their way to save the world or stay on their current course for convenience's sake.

Work cited:
http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=1&sid=13a18d09-...

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