Almost all vehicles on the road are powered by gasoline internal combustion engines and have been for years. Those types of vehicles are polluting the air and are filling roadways with noise. Gasoline powered cars have become very fuel efficient, but their fuel costs keep rising. An alternative to these machines is not science fiction. The technology already exists to rid ourselves of these smog-belching machines. There are small electric motors capable of powering family cars and large trucks efficiently. Electric cars may be the future, but they should also be the present.
EVs are Cleaner
Traditional internal combustion engines put out greenhouse gases as a byproduct. It is true that their emissions have been reduced over the years, but electric cars have zero mobile emissions. That means no smog on our roadways or the towns they connect. This is obviously one aspect that attracts environmentally conscious citizens. That is not to say that electric cars have no emissions. Their emissions are instead relocated to a power plant miles away. Those power producing plants would create fewer emissions for the cars they power than if the power were produced in the individual vehicles’ engines.
The Cost of Fuel
Motorists who own vehicles powered by gasoline engines may have noticed that fuel prices tend to rise. This is a fairly predictable outcome thanks to the finite nature of oil, which gasoline is refined from. As a non-renewable resource prices will continue to rise. Oil and gas are also costly and dangerous to ship in their volatile liquid state. Electricity, on the other hand, can be created, stored, and transported in a variety of ways. Electric can also be converted as the need arises. It is also significantly cheaper in most cases to power vehicles with electricity instead of gasoline.
The Hidden Cost of Maintenance
Electric cars are also simple to build than their gasoline counterparts. There is no need for a fuel tank and delivery system. There would be no muffler or even an exhaust system. The most complex components would be a simple electric motor, batteries, and a charge controller. Electric vehicles would be even easier to maintain. All of the messy components would be absent in an electric powered vehicle. There would be no oil changes necessary. Coolant would be a thing of the past. There would be a danger from the charging process, but it is insignificant compared to the volatility of gasoline.
Electric is Flexible
Switching to electric would make it easier, in the future, to nationally change power production for all of the vehicles. Instead of replacing the engines/motors of all the cars every time a better source of fuel is developed. The power plants that supply the charging electricity would simply change. It is true that much of America’s power comes from burning coal, but even these power plants are far more efficient than the car engines that they would be replacing. Power plants are also held to a higher standard of safety and tested regularly. There is already an effort to replace these inefficient power plants with cleaner alternatives. These cleaner power plants would make electric vehicles look even more attractive.
The people against converting to electric cars normally talk about how the infrastructure is not set up for them yet. Also, the components inside electric cars are currently more expensive to produce than their gasoline powered brethren. It seems to be unlikely that we will set up the infrastructure until we have the cars. The technology and demand exists as well as the need for efficient transportation. The only thing standing in the way is uncertainty. Some people speculate that it is the oil companies that are to blame. They do not have as much influence as the sum of the average Americans. New energy sources can only be developed and harnessed with our full support. So, yes, electric vehicles are certainly the future, but we could have all of their benefits here in the present.