Should you I getting an electric car too?
Global warming has been the talk of the town for a while now and I doubt that question is going away soon. Fortunately there are some of us who want to make a change. Carbon dioxide emissions are one of the largest contributing factors towards the climate change. The heat trapping qualities properties found in CO2 attribute to atmospherically changes such as the warming of global temperatures and oceans. On going temperature analysis from NASA’s Goddard institutes reports that: “the average global temperature on Earth has increased by about 0.8° Celsius (1.4° Fahrenheit) since 1880.” (earth observation) . What is even more alarming is two thirds of this rise in temperature has taken place since 1975, making it difficult to deny our responsibility in the matter.
A rise of 1 degree might not seem that significant however when putting thing in perspective we find that the last time the earth witnessed a rise of 1 degree 15,000 years ago in the agricultural American state of Nebraska essentially became a dust bowl. It doesn’t have to be spelt out, but the effect it will have on food supply would be catastrophic. A recent example of this would be the dust bowls that occurred during the great depression of the 1930’s. Extreme changes in climate are not only restricted to America. In the UK we will continue to increase a heavy down pour in rain meaning the extreme floods of 2007 might become a regular occurrence.
It goes without saying that something has to be done to lower the carbon emissions going into our atmosphere, I say we consider with the way we transport ourselves. Every little helps I suppose however there is so much that could be done to slow down the effect of global warming. Today I will only be addressing one of these miraculous solutions. According to green peace “Transport contributes approximately 13% of total global greenhouse gas emissions of which CO2 is the largest part. Two thirds of that comes from road transport”.
The question has probably crossed a lot of people’s minds, including my own. “Should I get an electric car?”. When it comes to alternative earth friendly transport It’s a no brainer I suppose considering the other options being walking, cycling or public transport. I don’t know about you but I would opt for the car. Currently in Europe carmakers are under pressure to reduce their carbon dioxide emission to 80g by 2020. The environmentalists at green peace say “Car makers can meet these targets through improved fuel efficiency and an alteration to their mix of models using only current technology”. This has resulted in a lot of car manufacturers adding hybrid and full electric models on their line-ups. Long gone are the days that require you to get a ghastly Prius or even worse a G-Wiz to save the planet. So if this was the reason stopping you from electric powered cars, that reason is no longer adequate.
The Benefits of Owning an electric car
Its only right that I further inform you on the benefits that comes with owning an electric or hybrid car. If you have a need for speed, some electric cars for example the Tesla model S has 0 to 60mph speed of 2.7 seconds. At a price of just under £70,000 you can have a car quicker than the £271,000 Lamborghini Aventador.
Not forgetting the fact that eclectic cars create instant torque, gone are the days where you have to reach 3000 to 5000 to have your head and back planted firmly against your seat with electric cars its like flipping a switch. If you aren’t sold on the quickness, you might be sold on the quietness, it’s not up for debate that electric cars are some of the quietest cars on the road right now. The boy racer’s ruckus caused by an exhaust is a remnant of a by gone era, the true mark of luxury these days is a cabin without any sound pollution.
When you buy an electric car you have instantly freed yourself from the hustle of ever visiting a gas station and leaving with the smell of fuel on your hands. You have just opened yourself to world of convenience; you can finish your day at work and simply plug in your car to an outlet in your home to refuel. No longer do you ever have to spend a penny on a drop of petrol. According to the guardian if you were to drive a conventional car for 12,000 miles within a year it will cost you £1,440. However if you were to do the same with a full electric car that can be charged at home or the charging ports around the UK, the annual cost would be only £240. I don’t know about you but I would say that’s a jaw dropping saving.
Lastly we will address the elephant in the room the real reason why you should get an electric car, no exhaust emissions. “Almost all (95%) of the world’s transportation energy comes from petroleum-based fuels, largely gasoline and diesel.” (United States Environmental Protection Agency). By purchasing electric and hybrid cars we can collectively cut down on the number of vehicles on our world that are reliant on fossil fuels, I shall leave you with that thought.
P.S. . . 95% (mind blown)