“To permit irresponsible authority is to sell disaster”-Robert A. Heinlein
An EV is a shortened acronym for an electric vehicle. EVs are vehicles that are either partially or fully powered by electric power.
EVs first came into existence in the late 19th century, when electricity was among the preferred methods for motor vehicle propulsion, providing a level of comfort and ease of operation that could not be achieved by the petrol cars of the time.
You read that right, and I disagree that electric vehicles (EVs) are environmentally beneficial in today’s world, where they are lauded as environmentally friendly, and a solution to the global climate crisis raises some worries.
Firstly- The raw material
As Raw materials used in batteries are linked to serious environmental concerns. Metal extraction, for example, is known to cause grave air& water pollution.
Secondly-Charging power supply
The electricity used for charging EVs is still largely generated using fossil fuels. An MIT study found battery& fuel production for EVs generates higher emissions than making automobiles.
The number of li-ion batteries being recycled is very low. The recycling of such batteries can need lots of water and is also known to cause air pollution.
In the mining process, lithium leaves carbon footprints which is the initial step towards producing EVs, and after-use disposal is also a matter of concern. But EVs still prove to be greener than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.
However, there is still a long way to go for EVs as we also have certain alternatives coming up, like aluminum air batteries and green hydrogen. Where we have certain merits of the green hydrogen-like No other energy source is as limitless as Hydrogen Refuelling is quicker than charging an EV Renewable power and direct electrification can reduce emission from electricity production.
Ultimately, all the new technology takes time to evolve to its best with considering and creating general public perceptions currently lag behind the alternatives available.
By Parth Saraf