How environmentally friendly are electric cars?
- wtincLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
I love that idea that electric cars are the answer, you first take a vehicle that can not go more than 50 miles without a charge then add in batteries that are considered so hazards that they can not be made in the US, add in the cost no one can afford and a government taxes pay for half the cost. I see no real future in electric cars.
- TracyLv 76 years ago
Man has come up with precious little that is actually friendly to the environment. This includes electric cars. The process of manufacturing these cars is the same as the process for gas-powered cars, so no benefit there. The electric batteries are hazardous as hell to the environment and the likelihood that these batteries will end up being improperly disposed of is high, especially in our disposable-mentality world. Then there is the process of producing electricity, which includes burning coal. Definitely not environmentally friendly. Man is doomed. I think we already know it, which is why we keep ignoring the signs and accelerating our downward spiral toward extinction. Good riddance to us.
- Richard EnglandLv 66 years ago
Very much so.
There's also other technologies such as the Gasifier that have not been developed because they are the answer to our oil problem which big oil keeps in check through propaganda. If the E-car had as much support as the gasoline engine it would be far superior and in widespread use.
@Ragnar, it's more efficient even if you recharge with "fossil" fuel and your home can have solar panels. The big energy ring doesn't want you to have hybrid homes - that's why there's over a 1 yr wait to even qualify and they make it very tough.. all you can do is go off-grid.
@George, as stated if the E-car had the support of internal combustion engines all those problems would be solved. Tesla created free energy tower but the US military tore it down. It was called the Tesla Tower. Look it up if you dare.
- K8Lv 76 years ago
They aren't very environmentally friendly at all actually. I find it to be humorous how people think they are saving money and the earth when they are doing neither.
Something else will eventually come along, but electric cars are not the answer.
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- 6 years ago
There are two separate issues regarding energy, and people can't seem to understand they are separate issues. Issue #1 is global warming and environmental impact. Issue #2 is the depletion of an irreplaceable resource - petroleum. Hybrids and electric cars are much more efficient users of petroleum than strictly internal combustion engines and therefore serve their purpose.
- 6 years ago
If the electricity used to recharge the car were the product of moonbeams and unicorn farts, they would be * very * friendly. Unfortunately, this isn't the case.
There are quite a number of normal internal-combustion cars out there with exceptional MPG figures.
It would be tough to argue that the an EV was superior to those in regards to overall environmental costs.
- MandalorianLv 76 years ago
Probably no more or no less than gasoline or diesel cars.
The electricity for them comes from coal plants and the materials of the battery are mined in China, which has NO environment laws.
- 6 years ago
Well that depends on the materials the car was build from...you see the batteries contain lithium and lead...these are highly toxic and virtually unrecycleble. Not to mention the chassis paint, it also made from toxic materials. The only pollute less in their way of operating on the roads.
- ShaneLv 76 years ago
It depends on the power source of the electricity that the cars run on. IF the electricity is from wind, solar, or nuclear, then they are very environmentally friendly. If the source of the electricity is coal, then they are no better than gasoline powered cars.
- Texas MikeLv 76 years ago
To a certain extent they are. But one problem is never discussed. I am aware of it because I used to visit city engineering on a routine basis. The problem is electric fields from cars and metal pipe in the ground. It can accelerate corrosion dramatically. Like where electric trains stop in stations, metal piping and any other metal tubes [that corrode] are already being replaced today.