Most countries support the use of electric cars and have plans of banning petrol and diesel fueled cars to help eliminate the adverse effects of climate change.
Today, we are currently experiencing one of the devastating effects of climate change that scientists had foreseen more than a decade ago. Climate researchers had warned that as global warming heightens and continues to melt glaciers, ice shelves and permafrosts, fossils that have long been buried underneath will be unearthed; whilst releasing a host of disease-causing microorganisms.
Those microorganisms will then travel through the atmosphere, eventually find a new host and subsequently emerge as a new type of disease-causing virus like SARS, Ebola and H1N1. The COVID-19 is cited as the most recent example.
Now more than ever, the need to reduce the major drivers of global warming has become more pressing. All the more reason for global leaders to pursue plans of broad and global use of electric cars. Adopting it as a mandatory measure can greatly reduce the greenhouse gasses that have been warming and polluting the Earth’s atmosphere, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2).
Electric Car Characteristics that Can Help Reduce CO2 Emissions
Although electric cars are still capable of emitting greenhouse gases, the amount released is minimal when compared to the CO2 emissions produced by petrol and diesel fueled vehicles. Studies have shown that a single electric car on roads can reduce an average of 1.50 million grams of carbon dioxide during a year. The amount of reduction is said to be equivalent to four (4) return flights between London (UK) and Barcelona (Spain).
That is mainly because electric cars are powered by electric motors as opposed to gasoline-fueled cars that are outfitted with an internal combustion engine. Also called plug-in electric vehicles or EVs, electric cars use a large battery pack that stores electricity obtained from charging the battery pack in a charging station or any 110-volt electrical outlet.
Since electric cars do not run on liquid fuel, EVs do not require tail pipes. They are not like gasoline-fueled cars that need a tail pipe through which the CO2 emissions produced by fuel combustion pass, on its way out of the vehicle.
Moreover, if an electric car runs out of electrical power and gets stalled before reaching a charging station, the EV driver can simply request the closest towing service provider to send a truck that can charge the vehicle’s battery pack.