Recently, we’ve been hearing a lot of debate about electric cars and their place in our society. That leaves many of us wondering, are gas and diesel cars going to be around in the future? A big problem right now is Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) vehicles and C02 emissions.
In the US, internal combustion engines make up 30%-40% of all C02 emissions. Worldwide, they make up 20%-25% of C02 emissions. So, what does this mean? It means that we should do something to slow down pollution made by vehicles.
An option that we have is electric cars. Predictions made by J.P. Morgan show that about 30% of all vehicle sales will be electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) by 2025. The reason that people think that they are more environmentally friendly in that they produce less or no tailpipe emissions when compared to your standard vehicle. When you look at the statistics for manufacturing these cars start to look not so good.
The batteries that these cars run on are composed of lithium, cobalt, nickel, and other materials. The mining of these materials is incredibly harmful to our environment and the ecosystems around where they were mined. The emissions while manufacturing internal combustions engines produce about 10.5 tons of C02, while electric cars produce 13 tons. It also depends on where you live.
To recharge your car, you need to use electricity. In Pennsylvania, 4% of the energy that we use is renewable. Compared to New Zealand, which uses 40% renewable energy. Electric cars are better suited for places like New Zealand and not the United States.
Here is what we are looking at, electric cars are not as environmentally friendly as we thought and in ten years they will make up about 60% of our cars. Electric cars will be popular, but internal combustion vehicles are going to be around for a good while longer.