Are Electric Vehicles (EVS) The Real Solution To Environmental Conservation?
EVs are the future when it comes to a sustainable mobility solution. The current mobility model is one that has a drastic impact on the environment, and it is only logical to adopt innovations that not only take care of mobility requirements but also environmental concerns. Over the years, humanity's approaches to mobility have resulted in unwanted consequences that will take hundreds of years to be reversed.
As such, there has been a race for environment-friendly mobility solutions and EV model appears to be the ideal initiative in that direction. That said, India is also doing its bid to achieve the same and it has an action plan to go 30 percent electric by 2030. And if that EV 2030 goal is achieved, India's electric vehicle market would be worth $206 billion by the same year.
Clean Energy To Reverse Drastic Climate Change
EV adoption comes with a host of benefits, and one of such is the capability to reverse drastic climate changes felt across the globe. This is to say that besides being a convenient choice of mobility, EV usage is as much about environmental conservation and reversing climate change. On any given day, 30 percent of climate-affecting emission comes from transportation. This means that eliminating the use of carbon-emitting vehicles will go a long way in put-ting a check on unwanted climate change.
To that end, it will help bolster your confidence in the revolutionary advantage of electric vehicles if you note that the same notion is popular with worldwide experts, be it natural scientists and even economists. They also assert that, as of now, the answer to reducing carbon emissions and mitigating drastic climate lies in the widespread adoption of all-electric vehicles powered by sunlight, wind, or water. It is partly for this reason that the adoption of electric vehicles across continents hits a new high every year.
Promoting Public Health At Large
What goes around comes around, and this is especially true of traditional mobility modes and their heavy carbon emissions. For starters, electric cars are a departure from vehicles that spew tailpipe pollution linked to health issues such as asthma, heart at-tacks, and premature death. In effect, EV is about improving air quality in urban spaces and taking public health several notches higher.
According to a 2017 study by the European environmental non-profit Health and Environment Alliance, India spent $16.9 billion solely on gas, oil and coal subsidies in 2013 and 2014 alone, and what is alarming is that the health cost to treat the diseases linked to the air pollution emanating from consumption of the said fuels was eight times the cost of the fuel prices spent, standing at a whopping $140.7 billion. This makes clean energy adoption a necessity, no longer an option.
Traditional combustion engine vehicles are a pain on the financial front. A considerable amount of money goes into fuel and heavy, routine maintenance costs
Taking Care Of The Affordability Issue
Traditional combustion engine vehicles are a pain on the financial front. A considerable amount of money goes into fuel and heavy, routine maintenance costs. Unlike conventional vehicles, electric vehicles do not require oil changes and miscellaneous maintenance tasks which are typical of traditional vehicles. Electric vehicles require significantly fewer maintenance tasks as compared to those running on conventional fuels. This is quite the case since electronic systems have the attribute of being more durable and break down much less often than conventional vehicles' mechanical systems. Also, new EV models entering the market are becoming more and more reliable and flexible. There is greater flexibility in terms of style and car size.
Speaking about affordability, there is good news for consumers contemplating the adoption of EVs. You see, electric cars are largely evaluated based on battery cost. And as things stand, there has been a steady acceleration in terms of technological progress and production of EVs, leading to a substantial decrease in EV battery costs. Noting this dynamic, experts can predict that the gradual drop in battery costs will further boost the purchase of EVs and by the year 2025, the purchase of EV vehicles will be comparable to the purchase rate of gas cars.
Taking The Issue Of Efficiency Into Consideration
As things stand, contrasting conventional vehicles with their electric counterparts make for an interesting case. When it comes to converting on-board fuel energy to propulsion, internal combustion engines are relatively inefficient as most of the energy is wasted in the form of heat. However, this is not the case with electric motors as they are more efficient at converting stored energy into vehicle propulsion. EVs do not consume stored energy while at rest or coasting. Also, when on-board capacity is compared, diesel engines can facilitate onboard efficiency of 20 percent, whereas it is 80 percent for electric cars.
In a nutshell, gas-and diesel-powered vehicles do not come close to the efficiency of electric vehicles because they run on internal combustion engines, a process that generates a lot of waste heat. Also, there are many components in thermal engines, such as fuel pumps, that consume gasoline's energy but do not contribute to the car's propulsion.
At the end of the day, if we take the angle of environmental health, it is the aspect of clean energy that prevails over other dimensions. And if the question is with regards to whether or not electric vehicles are the real solution to environmental conservation, I wouldn't say they are the perfect solution but if we look at the options humanity has on the plate right now, EVs gain the upper hand, pushing all other alternatives to the backseat. And humanity must do well to make the most of clean energy-based mobility options in the form of EVs as that is the most sustainable variant we presently have in our hands.