Are EVs Reducing the Carbon Footprint on Earth?
No exhaust pipes, no gas-guzzling, and a clean environment.
EVs or Electric Vehicles seem like a brilliant idea for a clean and green future, but do EVs reduce the carbon footprint on Earth? Or are they just another example of an environmentally friendly fad?
In this article, let's look at how EVs stack up against their fossil fuel counterparts and see if they are really efficient in reducing the carbon footprint on our Earth.
How much electricity does an electric vehicle use?
The EVs present in the Indian market takes approximately 10 hours to charge, with around 30-35 units consumed in this charging cycle. Depending on which city you are in, the rate per unit differs. If you consider Rs. 8 per unit (in a city like Mumbai), you can expect a 100% charged EV in just Rs 240 coupled with a driving range of 230 kms (including air-con, traffic and other factors). Considering the rise in fuel costs, the same can't be said with regard to gasoline-powered vehicles.
How do EVs compare to fossil fuels in terms of greenhouse gas emissions?
In the life cycle of an EV, the greenhouse gas emissions are substantially lower than those of a gasoline-powered vehicle. We cannot knock off the fact by saying EVs are totally green because the element of manufacturing should also be considered. Regardless, EVs result in fewer emissions than fossil fuel powered vehicles.
What are some of the pros and cons of EVs?
There is nothing like "One shoe fits all". Every automobile comes with its set of pros and cons. But to highlight in brief, the pros are that EVs are greener and cheaper to run than gasoline-powered vehicles. Cons are that EVs have a shorter range than gasoline cars, and this can be an inconvenience if you are thinking about long-distance journeys.
EVs can indeed help reduce some of the environmental impact caused by traditional vehicles, but still, we have a very long way to go before they are widely adopted.
The global transition to electric vehicles is inevitable, but it's essential that we choose the right ones in an environmentally friendly way.
Electric vehicles are cleaner than their gas-powered counterparts. They can help reduce our carbon footprint —but only if we charge them in the right way by using green energy generated by clean grid power systems like solar and hydro energy.