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The Future of Cleaner Air, Less Noise, and Electric Cars


lectric cars are IT! They are the latest, cutting-edge, politically- and environmentally-correct invention to appear on the scene. Advertising agencies market them as wholesome, healthy, and pollution free. 

One of the most important reasons for the marketing of electric cars is that they are a lot more beneficial to the environment because they have zero tailpipe emissions. Not only that, but electric cars are significantly quieter. However, they tend to be expensive, but the cost of converting an old car into an electric car would run around $14,000, significantly less than a new gasoline car.

There has been a great push toward electric cars in California, which now has a law that auto manufacturers must produce between 4,450 and 15,450 electric cars starting in the year 2003. Three other states have recently adopted California’s clean air laws. Have you ever wondered why?

AIR POLLUTION. Gasoline vehicles currently create almost one half of the total atmospheric pollution of three major air toxins: carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons. These are not only extremely dangerous, but they cause damage to the global atmosphere. This is the most powerful reason for the development of electric cars — they produce no direct emissions since they don’t burn fuel.

With electric cars, hydrocarbons, which create ground-level ozone resulting in cardiac and respiratory disease, and carbon monoxide emissions, which are poisonous, are reduced by 98 percent. The cars also reduce emissions of nitrous oxides, a major component in acid rain. The cars may possibly reduce the output of carbon dioxide that causes what is popularly known as “greenhouse gas,” the main cause of global warming. These are facts that the consumer should sit up and take notice of — if not applaud.

Electric cars have been possible for a long time, but not practical. Recently, battery technology such as Nickel-Hydride and lithium based batteries have increased the power each cell emits, but they remain expensive when compared to standard batteries. Another negative factor is that electric cars have a limited range of approximately 120-256 miles before they need to be recharged. 

The redeeming fact is that these cars are marketed for city use, so long range ability is not an issue. The problems of charging and performance can be solved by home charging capabilities.

There is a concern that electric cars are actually passing the pollution along to another source — burning coal in the case of California energy. Coal produces sulfur and other air particulates. Particulates are ultra-fine soot particles suspected of causing asthma. Additionally, lead batteries are harmful for the environment when they are disposed of, but proper recycling can solve this problem. The cars also increase emissions of sulfur oxide, which is a key component of acid rain. However, most electric generators are away from urban areas, so there is less population exposure. So, compared to gasoline powered cars, electric cars produce significantly fewer pollutants. 

So. electric cars benefit the environment by reducing toxic emissions, but would be more effective if they used what is known as “green energy” from solar energy, natural gas, wind, and geothermal sources. In the meantime, cleaner power stations have cut pollution by as much as thirty percent, and all the lead from the car batteries is now recycled.

Let’s review:

·        Electric cars are good for the environment because they emit no toxic fumes or emissions like gasoline cars do. This can help lower pollution in large cities where electric cars will most often be used.

·        Electric cars are completely silent because there is no internal combustion engine. So, they also reduce NOISE POLLUTION.

·        Electric cars use no gasoline. Beside the environmental benefits, consider ever-rising cost of gas. Not only will your air be clearer, but your wallet may feel fuller too.


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