4 Ways Electric Transportation is Helping the Environment

Green vehicles are taking the consumer markets by storm. Estimates that electrics would rule the roads by 2040 once seemed very aggressive but now seem quite likely and perhaps even a tad conservative. Not to underplay the significance of the electric passenger car purchased by the average consumer—because it is a very big deal—but electric transportation has been in use and evolving substantially over the last two decades. In fact, it is already helping the environment in four important ways due to that progress.

1. Transportation Is the Leading Source of Greenhouse Admissions. 

The U.S. Energy Information Agency revealed in 2012 that transportation had become the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions. These gases are what cause the greenhouse effect. This is the process by which radiation heats the Earth’s atmosphere. The greenhouse effect is both natural and necessary in and of itself, but what is unnatural and unnecessary is that societies are causing the atmosphere to heat up faster and to a higher degree than it would otherwise be. Nothing about that is good for life on our planet, and so every vehicle that we manufacturer and use that employs electric rather than fuel-based energy is a significant step in the right direction for our planet and for us. 

2. Campuses Across the U.S. Are Embracing Electric Transportation. 

University and college campuses across the U.S. are embracing electric transportation and clean, renewable in general. Some of this is prompted by government and private grants and the like, but much of it is motivated by the fact that colleges mold our future generations. The number of schools involved in this manner has rose sharply in the last 20 years, and the industry has contributed these organizations as a major reason why batteries have fallen in price by about 80 percent in the last decade. So, you may wonder what this has to do with the environment directly. Well, large campuses are essentially small cities. They are, in fact, proofs of concept for cities, and their successes and even their failures have helped make transportation decisions in cities like New York and Los Angeles. 

3. Transportation is a Leading Cause of Residential Air Pollution. 

It’s common knowledge that the air pollution created on our highways is significantly affecting our environment and causing cancer, lung diseases and so on and so forth. Such pollution got so bad in Los Angeles that it forced California to enact some of the strictest environmental-facing regulations that the U.S. has ever seen. What gets much less attention, however, is how much gas-powered transportation hurts suburbia. There are plenty enough cars, buses and commercial transportation in these areas to negatively affect the air in people’s homes, and there’s real evidence that there is a link between this pollution and rates of mortality, cancer, lung disease and so forth. Areas where just the city and school buses have been switched to electric have shown dramatic improvements in a very short order. 

4. A Trend Toward Environmentally Friendly Materials 

Greater demand for electric transportation has also led to usage of materials and production processes that are more eco-friendly. This may be viewed as a byproduct, but it is important nonetheless. Just consider that a manufacturer that lands a city contract for electric buses not only has to adhere to the law and the contract but has to deal with social responsibility and public perception. In addition, there have been green breakthroughs made as a byproduct. Some of the advancements made in battery design for city buses, for instance, have actually made their way into many different industries. 

The times they are changing and perhaps faster than most of us ever imagined. Most of us alive now will probably not live to see the day when the last mass-produced car rolls off the production line, but that time is not that long away in the grand scheme of things. Some assert that gas-powered transportation will never go away—not entirely—and that is probably true. But they’ll go away enough to significantly reduce pollution, preserve our exhaustible resources and improve our manufacturing processes. Those of us who participate will also enjoy cheaper operational and maintenance costs.

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