Electric vehicles now include more than just cars! They also include buses, trucks of all sizes, and even big-rig tractor-trailers that are at least partially powered by electricity. Evs fall under three main categories: battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and fuel cell vehicles. There are many benefits of electric vehicles that now go beyond passenger cars.
Electric Vehicles are Saving the Climate and Lives
Transportation is the largest source of climate pollution in the United States. To solve the climate crisis, we need to make the vehicles on our roads as clean as possible. Emissions from cars and trucks are bad for the planet and our health. Air pollutants from gas and diesel cause asthma, bronchitis, cancer, and premature death. There are long-term health impacts of localized air pollution that last a lifetime, asthma attacks, lung damage, and heart conditions. One of the benefits of electric vehicles is the lack of emissions while driving due to them not being gasoline or diesel ran.
It’s not too late to make a difference! We have time to change the way we use energy and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. If more and more of us make changes to how we use the energy we will continue to move that timeline further and further.
Electric Vehicles Have a Smaller Carbon Footprint
The electricity that charges the vehicle’s battery comes from power grids that rely on a range of sources such as fossil fuels to clean renewable energy. In Charleston, we use nuclear power. The ultimate way to reduce your carbon footprint is to use a charging station charged by solar panels. The use of solar panels generates energy from the sun which is a renewable energy source that doesn’t generate any pollution.
Electric Vehicles Lifetime
The production of Electric Vehicles produces global warming emissions due to the vehicle’s large lithium-ion battery. They require a lot of materials and energy to build. However, once the vehicle gets on the road they are overall much better for the environment than gasoline or diesel vehicles. Evs make up for production emissions within 18 months of driving. They continue to be better for the environment the longer they drive and the more people who make the change to Evs.