Are electric cars really zero emission? What you need to know

October 15, 2018 Simon Hopes | Comments Off

Slowly, the non-renewable resources available are getting scarce. People are now becoming more aware of the effects of global warming and climate change. They now understand that their consumptions are linked to all of these issues. This is why many are trying to be proactive about it all.

This is affecting our decisions when we buy cars today. It is one of the reasons electric cars are now emerging. In 2017 alone, over 1.9 million electric vehicles were in use. Those who use it do so because they think they are being environmentally responsible by doing so.

But the question is, are electric car environmentally friendly? Is it true that they have zero emission? Here is what you need to know about electric vehicles.

Electric cars are and aren’t zero emission

You read it right. You might think we are contradicting ourselves by saying that electric is and aren’t zero emission at the same time. However, this is the correct answer.

Why, yes?

Why are we saying that electric cars are zero emission? Well, the vehicle itself doesn’t have a tailpipe and does not emit any pollutant to the air as conventional cars do. So, when you are driving it, you won’t be adding on to global warming.

Why, no?

Even though no pollutants are being released to the environment, electric cars are still nottruly zero emission. Why? Because the electricity that is used to operate such cars come from battery packs. These battery packs usually generate the required energy via burning coal.

So, unless the electric car you are using has a battery that is powered by wind or solar energy, the car is not really zero-emission after all! But even if this is the case, it is not that simple. Think about why you want to invest in a car that is zero emission. You want to do so because it is environmentally friendly, right?

However, even extracting renewable energy like solar and wind energy does cause air pollution in one way or another. These renewable energy sources require raw material to function. You need to build an infrastructure to extract them. This building of these elements might release pollutants!

Are electric cars as bad as traditional cars?

We aren’t saying that electric cars are bad. We are saying you are asking the wrong questions. Rather than worrying whether the electric vehicle is 100% environmentally friendly, your line of reasoning for using it should be if it is better than traditional cars. After all, you take one step at a time, right?

And the good news is that electric cars are better than traditional cars in avoiding pollution. Cars that operate on fossil fuel emit much more air pollutants than electric vehicles do. So, it is the better choice.


If you are getting an electric car to curtail your role in increasing air pollution altogether, you will be disappointed. However, this doesn’t mean that opting for an electric vehicle isn’t a step in the right direction because it is.

Until we figure out how to make vehicles truly zero emission, electric cars of today are our best bets.

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