A huge level of controversy has surrounded electric cars ever since the first model was released to the market. Are they really a cleaner, safer version of the internal combustion vehicles we are used to? Let´s take a look at what the experts say about the “electric car revolution”.
This is, perhaps, the most controversial of all topics regarding electric cars; are they a better choice for making this a cleaner world even using batteries? The emissions of these vehicles have to be measured at two distinct moments; let´s go through them
When being built
Emissions by plants building traditional or electric cars are very similar. In fact, a recent study over Chinese battery manufacturers shows that the process to produce them generates almost 60% more CO2 than the traditional engine manufacturing of combustion vehicles. Also, they involve some difficult-to-obtain materials that need pollutants to be extracted.
During their lifetime
Once the assembly and manufacture process is done, the emissions from electric cars are virtually none while combustion vehicles have a moderate to high amount throughout their lifetime.
Relying on fossil fuels to survive as a species is becoming increasingly expensive and difficult. Moreover, the amount of pollution that this generates in the world is one of the big issues to address if we want to have a better future. Electric cars are a good option only if the energy to fuel them comes from clean sources as well. Petroleum is a high pollutant for the world and also is one of the main fuel sources.
Electric cars have been in the market for a reduced amount of time compared to combustion ones and are still being perfected. Will they be the perfect replacement for combustion vehicles? That is yet to be seen; for now, they are the next best option.