How Greener Cars Can Help Us Build A Better Future

With over 1 billion cars on the world's roads, mostly running on fossil fuels, the climate is at risk

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At present, there are over 1 billion cars and counting on the road around the world. This makes motor vehicles the most common form of transport globally. While they serve an essential purpose by fulfilling our transportation needs, most cars still run on fossil fuels that are causing considerable damage to the climate and ecosystem. In order to take the risks posed by climate change seriously, it’s time that cars started to run on sustainable energy.

The Damage Caused By Fossil Fuel Cars

According to analytical research conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, a single car will produce up to 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per annum. This is bad for the environment as carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that traps excessive amounts of solar radiation from leaving the atmosphere. This causes global warming.

With so many people relying on cars for transport every single day, the amount of carbon dioxide that gets pumped into the atmosphere plays a major role in the degradation of the global climate. The most common fuels used by modern cars produce more dangerous chemicals than just carbon dioxide; they also emit carbon monoxide, benzene, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, and hydrocarbons.

Cars also produce matter that contaminates the air you breathe. Breathing in enough of this can lead to the development of respiratory issues. Worse yet, this matter can also infect your bloodstream. The nitrogen dioxide produced by burning fuel can cause respiratory issues. Carbon monoxide, also produced by burning fuel, can disrupt the regular behaviour of vital organs such as the brain and heart.

Fuel-powered cars are doing a lot of harm to both humans and the environment, which is something serious to consider when buying a motor vehicle. An electric car can mitigate this damage and if you’re in the market to buy, it should be a major consideration. Other considerations you’ll need to weigh up is whether there are EV charging stations on your routes, or if you’ll have to invest in a home charger.

 

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The Benefits Of Green Cars

With Tesla spearheading the future of sustainable automobile energy, most other manufacturers have been putting out fully electric car models to attend to the fast-growing consumer base in this market. Over 6.7 million units of electric vehicles were bought over the course of last year which is a 108% increase in sales from what was seen in 2020.

With predictions suggesting that there will be around 9.5 million electric vehicle sales this year, this trend toward electric vehicles does not seem to be slowing down. This is very much for the best for the environment and for slowing down the effects of climate change. Besides the fact that electric vehicles offer the solution to a very pertinent issue the human race is facing, they are also far more consumer-friendly than their fuel-guzzling counterparts.

Electric Cars Are The Way Forward

With oil prices skyrocketing at the moment, the claim that electric vehicles are more consumer-friendly only becomes more truthful with every passing day. Even if your concern for the environment is limited, electric cars are nevertheless the option that affords you the best benefits. At the end of the day, electric cars not only save the planet but your wallet too.

 

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