How Do EVs Contribute to a Greener Environment?

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Sustainable living and making eco-friendly choices are more than just passing fads. The reality is that consumers today are increasingly prioritising green lifestyles and switching rapidly to products that are better for the environment.

At the forefront of this green revolution are Electric Vehicles (EVs). Once regarded as a curiosity, EVs today have progressed leaps and bounds and are at the cutting edge of sustainable engineering.

But do their environmental credits stack up? Are they really better than traditional petrol cars in combating climate change? And what does the future hold for them?
All these questions and more are answered below as we take an in-depth look at how EVs contribute to a greener environment.

Car Emitting Fumes

1) EVs produce zero direct emissions

Compared to petrol cars and hybrids which depend on burning gasoline for fuel, EVs are battery-powered. This means that EVs do not release any greenhouse gases during their lifetime. In fact, EVs don’t even have an exhaust pipe.

Already this is a significant boost for their reputation as an essential part of an eco-friendly lifestyle. On the other hand, the typical road car will release about 4 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. EVs also do not release other pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, which reduce air quality in cities and built-up areas.

2) EVs are better for the environment overall

While EVs produce no direct emissions, critics might point out the fact that they still depend on electricity to power their motors. This means that if your country’s electricity grid depends on fossil fuels, then EVs can be considered to be releasing greenhouse gasses indirectly. They still do have an impact on the environment.

However, power plant energy generation is far more efficient than any single petrol car. It’s also easier to scrub pollutants from power plants and reduce their environmental impact. 

So, even when taking into account the power drawn from the electricity grid, numerous studies have shown that EVs come out on top when it comes to being environmentally friendly. All things considered, EVs are better for the environment with every kilometre driven.

Solar and Wind Farm

3) EVs receive a boost from the decarbonisation of the power grid

With global warming and the climate crisis becoming more pressing, governments around the world are pushing to decarbonise their electricity grids by drawing energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric.

This is a huge boon for EV owners and the industry as a whole. As power grids rely more and more on renewable energy, the carbon footprint of owning and driving an EV decreases, boosting the argument for an EV-led future for our roads. In the next few decades, driving an EV solely powered by renewable energy sources could become a reality.

While EVs have been around since the early 2000s, it’s only in the past few years that they have made giant strides into the mainstream vehicle market. An industry still in its infancy, the technology behind EVs is still being improved every day as companies such as Tesla improve battery density, durability, and manufacturing processes.

World leaders have also been quick to see the advantages of EVs over petrol cars and many countries, including Singapore, are in the midst of building EV-friendly infrastructure in anticipation of EVs revolutionising and taking over the auto-industry over the next few decades. 

As championing environmental causes and living sustainably becomes ever more popular, it is clear that EVs are going to lead the way for a greener future for our roads.

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