One of the main causes of global warming is the emission of gasses such as CO2. The problem with carbon dioxide is that it fuels the greenhouse effect; a phenomenon that causes heat to remain on the earth’s surface, thus raising its temperature levels. Our vehicles are one of the major contributors to the emission of gasses. The Department of Energy estimated that vehicles generated nearly 30% of all emissions in the United States. Most vehicles are contributors, in fact over 99% of all vehicles sold rely on a combustion engine. So, what is the solution to lower the emission of these gasses produced by cars? The answer is electricity. By replacing the number of cars that rely on fuel by electric cars, we can considerably lower the emission of gasses, thus helping the Earth in the long run.
An electric car is a conventional car that replaces the traditional combustion engine with a battery. Electric cars have many advantages over those that run on fuel and most of them make electric cars eco-friendlier. If powered with renewable energy, the greatest advantage of an electric cars is air quality, as they don’t emit dangerous gasses because they don’t have an exhaust pipe. This improves the quality of air in populated areas. It also helps to reduce the greenhouse effect. Another advantage is their efficiency. Gasoline based vehicles convert around 19% of the energy into power for the car, whereas electric vehicles convert around 60% of the electricity into energy to keep the car moving. But a massive transition by consumers to electric cars is not as easy as it should be. Some electric vehicles are more expensive than conventional ones. In some areas it’s nearly impossible to recharge the batteries, and many folks don’t see a benefit in owning a car. Moreover, companies are not encouraged to produce more electric cars and invest in Research and Development to improve their development. A change would occur if governments incentivized car manufacturers to focus on electric vehicles and encouraged the citizens to research the possibility of owning an electric car.