Are Electric Vehicles Really efficient and helping our environment?
Engineers have been breaking their heads over ways to reduce our carbon footprints, as it seems we love wasting fossil fuels to power our large suv. Did you know Humvees get less than 9 miles per gallon? And yet there are people who drive huge lifted trucks that seem so unethical to drive due to horrible gas mileage.
It seems they found the perfect solution: electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles that use less gasoline or none at all. Going green is the new trend in many places of the world the smaller car you have and the better gas mileage the source of transportation consumes; the better one feels about driving around in their “sustainable car/ or truck”. But did car makers really find the answer? NO! they did not it seems they didn’t thoroughly think about their master plan and what the long term effects of them would be. Well these cars might not use up any gasoline which is good but do we know how these batteries were made? The chemicals and the process in which these next level car batteries are made of are horrible for our environment and are causing a bigger problem than the one that we are resolving!! What will we do to these batteries once their life runs out and they will no longer be useful? All of these questions that should have been asked before releasing these cars out for public consumption. Tesla is the car company that seems to be a “Hollywood star” as of right now because they created a battery that can go up to 528 miles on one charge (100 D) using Zero emissions depending on speed and weather conditions.
Tesla went above and beyond by creating a battery to power a manufacturing plant for sierra nevada! while all of the other car competitors made zero emission vehicles that could at most only drive up to 80 miles on a single charge for example the Nissan Leaf. This was an amazing release into the car world, no one thought they could make a car that gets so many miles to a single charge and that can charge us so fast in as little as 15 minutes for a complete charge while competitors took at least 5–8 hours for that full charge.
these are just the short term effects of zero emission vehicles. Hybrid and zero emission batteries are actually horrible for the environment due to the fact that they are made up of mostly lithium. The chemical is extracted from other countries that have less environmental regulations such as Bolivia, argentina, and Chile. It seems these carmakers turn the other way when they know exactly what they are supplying to the consumers. nickel, cobalt, iron and other metals are used in order to make these batteries for the electric vehicle batteries.
if you ask me this seems like it is a lot of hard work in order to gather these minerals for the use of our “renewable resource vehicles”. The fact of the matter is that these resources that are gathered for the batteries are also not an unlimited resource, it is a resource that will come to an end one day just like petroleum. Now that we know where these “amazing batteries” come from it’s time to elaborate on the lifetime of these batteries it is not forever that they will last they will also have an expiration date. when? we do not know because they have not around long enough to accurately answer the question. What will we do to them when they are no longer strong enough to power our cars??? Well we are not sure yet there not a specific plan that we have made for us to recycle these “extraordinary batteries”. there has been rumors that these companies plan to create centers for recycling car batteries. In reality do you think that these car makers are really going to go through with doing the right thing and be ethical when it comes down to going through with the proper treatment of recycling? To me it seems like they will not because within the last year there has been huge lawsuits for carmakers due to altered or fraudulent data on emission, which in reality wasn’t that big of a deal and even if they did the right thing it wouldn’t of been a lot of money that they would of lost, now if we’re talking about millions of batteries and the proper treatment for them that’s going to take a ton of money. Look at the petroleum companies and how they “recycle waste” by throwing it into the ocean and having accidental spills. This is because it is cheaper for them to get a multimillion dollar fine rather than doing the right thing and spending more money but in return saving our planet.