Electric cars run on an engine that is powered by rechargeable batteries instead of petrol or diesel. The good part about it not running on the latter is that because it runs on batteries, electric cars are environment friendly vehicles. The technology, though has a lot of advantages, is fairly uncommon but is also gaining momentum, slowly.
Cost of Electric Cars
Electric cars are fairly costly today, simply because the technology that goes into it requires further innovation to bring down the costs, which in turn makes buying an expensive affair. That being a fact, Tesla that produces expensive electric cars, sells maximum of these.
People are using electric vehicles, especially for intercity commutes. It saves a lot of their money and there is always a ‘good’ feeling when you are driving your vehicle and are aware that it’s not harming your environment.
Oil Mafia – A Hurdle?
When looked carefully, one would realise that electric cars are a threat for oil companies. In the coming decades, the market share of electric cars are going to increase significantly, so it makes sense for oil companies to reduce the pace of this transformation as much as possible. Oil companies have always lobbied with all major governments, and thus reducing the pace of initiating robust infrastructure to develop electric vehicles.
A bit of history of Electric Vehicles
According to the book ‘Looking back to electric cars’ Thomas Parker built the first electric car in 1884 in London. In 1888, German inventor Andreas Flocken designed Flocken Elektrowagen
According to a ‘Forbes’ report, global leaders have aimed to bring about 20 million electric vehicles in the market by 2020. Let’s take a look at the share of electric cars against overall sale of cars worldwide in 2017.
Who is Causing Pollution?
Logically, the biggest polluting countries of the world should be spending most of their time and money into inventing ways to ‘not be’ the biggest polluters. As far as electric cars are concerned, let’s find out and compare if the polluters are taking enough actions.
According to a Reuters report, the following are the countries that are most responsible for polluting the environment.
- China CO2 emission – 10,357 million metric tons / Y
- United States of America CO2 emission – 5,414 million metric tons/ Y
- India CO2 emission – 2,274 million metric tons/ Y
- Russia CO2 emission – 1, 617 million metric tons/ Y
- Japan CO2 emission – 1,237 million metric tons/ Y
- Germany CO2 emission – 798 million metric tons/ Y
- Iran CO2 emission – 648 million metric tons/ Y
- Saudi Arabia CO2 emission – 601 million metric tons/ Y
- South Korea CO2 emission – 592 million metric tons/ Y
- Canada CO2 emission – 557 million metric tons/ Y
Are they doing enough for Electric Cars?
The below graph created by Quartz looks at “e-range” of electric vehicles sold. Now, e-range is the total electric battery range of the hybrid and electric vehicles sold in the respective countries. E-range is important because electric cars should make a dent in their performance and keeping that in mind, AlixPartners recorded the below data.
According to the above data, it’s clear that major polluting countries are not doing much, as you can see countries like India, Saudi Arabia and Iran totally absent from the picture. That said, the efforts being taken by other countries such as US, Japan, Germany and especially China is commendable. The fact remains, that this is just the start for electric cars and a lot needs to be covered eventually if you and I are serious about saving the planet and saving our natural resources.