How Beneficial Are Eco Friendly Cars To The Environment?
It is no secret that eco-friendly cars are marketed to the environmentally-conscious market. They are thought to be the answer to the imminent global warming plaguing the world. Eco-friendly cars will take the load off vehicles running in petroleum, which are thought to worsen global warming. However, here are the specifics on how eco-friendly cars really benefit the environment:
By switching to eco-friendly cars, the number of cars contributing to CO2 emissions will be diminished. As a new driver you will benefit from investing in an eco friendly car, as it reduces the cost of car ownership and long term maintenance.
Less Carbon emissions
Carbon emissions or CO2 emissions come from regular vehicles running on petroleum fuels. By switching to eco-friendly cars, the number of cars contributing to CO2 emissions will be diminished. This has been the thrust why eco warriors are pushing for increased reliance to public transportation and less on private transport. Public transport, particularly trains emit less CO2, and they transport more people per trip. As another example, buses running in petroleum may also emit CO2 but they transport more people per trip compared to each passenger driving their own car.
Eco-friendly cars emit less pollution, if at all. Environmentally friendly cars such as electric cars do not contribute to the air pollution in most major cities. Thus, they are viewed in a better light than regular vehicles. However, electric cars are still more expensive than regular cars. Also, they may run using electricity but the fuel needed to generate electricity still runs on petroleum fuel. However, there are recent advances in technology reducing the reliance to petroleum fuels in generating electricity.
Hybrid cars enable drivers to save on gas consumption. Hybrid cars are cars that run on both gas and electricity, hence the name. Since they run on a secondary type of energy, they consume less gas fuel for the same number of miles. Studies suggest that hybrid cars get five more miles per gallon than regular cars. By saving on gas, they consume less gasoline, they emit less CO2, and they contribute less to the pollution.
Tesla, the automotive company producing luxury electric cars such as the Tesla S, has stated that they will be installing Supercharger stations all around North America to answer the need for Tesla S cars. These stations will be run by solar energy, another plus for the fight against fossil fuels. Tesla Superchargers are offering Tesla S drivers free recharge for their cars, forever. Since these chargers will be powered by solar energy, this setup is very environmentally-friendly and energy efficient. The initial investment on the Tesla S, which is still considered in the luxury price range, is countered by the savings from fuel that would have otherwise cost the owner some expenses after the purchase. All the more, Tesla announced in 2014 that they will be releasing cost-effective versions of the Tesla S, the Tesla III. These will be sold to the mass market at a more affordable price. Of course, these cars will also be electric-powered and charging will still be free on Supercharger stations. A 30-minute charge will last almost 200 miles. The Tesla S battery range is pegged at 265 miles.