As you read this, polar ice caps continue to melt, increasing the threat of rising sea levels. Every year, we continue to witness extreme events like cyclones, forest fires, and droughts, that are severely affecting our planet’s health. Not to mention, pollution levels are rising year-on-year, making something as primal as clean air to breathe, inaccessible. But things can certainly get better if we try. Acting responsibly towards the environment is the need of the hour and one of the most impactful solutions for a sustainable future is electric vehicles (EVs). Here are a few ways in which EVs can contribute to greater sustainability.
1. Zero emissions
Any vehicle needs energy to move forward. Internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles produce this energy by combusting petrol or diesel; however, this process leads to harmful carbon emissions. EVs, on the other hand, rely on batteries for their energy production. These batteries, which are mostly of the lithium-ion type, convert the chemically stored energy in them to release it electrochemically. This way, there are absolutely no emissions to deal with.
2. Clean manufacturing
Zero emissions on the road are one thing; but there are still environmental considerations to be made during the manufacturing process. In order to maintain the eco-friendly nature of EVs, it is necessary that they be manufactured using renewable energy. At Kabira Mobility, we understand this and have hence ensured that both our manufacturing plants in Goa and Dharwad run completely on solar energy.
3. Eco-friendly materials
The lighter the vehicle, the better the range (miles per charge) and lesser the carbon footprint. That is why EV manufacturers are constantly on the lookout for lightweight yet durable materials. This quest has led them to recycled materials that are used to create small components. The use of such materials instead of metals and plastics helps minimise environmental impact, both during and after the EV production process.
4. The charging conundrum One could argue that charging an EV at your home or at a charging station has an indirect impact on the environment since those outlets themselves could be powered by coal, oil, or natural gas. Efforts are being made worldwide to come up with charging stations powered entirely by renewable energy sources. Tesla has already said that all of its Superchargers will be powered by renewable energy by the end of this year. In India too, EV companies are working towards solving this problem. In fact, in March this year, developers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru collaborated with a UK-based renewable energy advisory firm and came up with a solar powered model for EV charging stations.
5. ICE comparison
Even if you consider that the manufacturing process and the charging system of an EV are powered by fossil fuels, they still have an edge over ICE vehicles which emit carbon dioxide and other harmful gases whenever their engines are on. On the other hand, an EV will maintain a neutral carbon footprint during its lifetime.
Ensuring our planet’s health should be our top priority. While the future might seem bleak, we can improve it considerably by minimizing our carbon footprint. And if you’re wondering where to start, taking the EV route can be a great choice.