Global warming has being a hot topic in the world for quite some time now. Opinions are divided between several camps. There are the naysayers who don’t believe the rising global temperature is a threat to humanity. While others are simply divided on how to tackle it.
Cars and other automobiles are a major cause of global warming. In the US alone, automobiles account for almost 20% of all greenhouse gases which cause global warming, emitting about 9 kilograms/gallon of fuel into the atmosphere.
It is because of the huge amount of greenhouse gases emitted by cars, that the discussion about car engines in shifting decisively in favor of electric cars as an alternative to fuel cars. As a matter of fact, fuel-based cars are getting a serious beating in environmental studies and discuss worldwide. But even so, there is no sign the world would ditch these cars soon.
So why, in spite of the clear danger to the environment posed by gasoline cars, are car manufactures still making them in droves? And why are people still buying them like they have a latent death wish?
One of the major reason is down to technology. Looking at it purely based on logic, technology (or the lack of it) is the only reason electric cars are not at the top of people’s wish list in the decision to buy a car. Even though fuel-based cars are taking a beating, the fact still remains they can travel much further than electric cars. Most electric cars in the market today can travel a maximum of at best, about 160 kilometers at full charge. Then you must have to charge your battery again to continue on your way. The problem here is, right now, charging stations are just few even in cities actively encouraging the adoption of electric cars. And the technology for a quick charge has not yet caught up to an ideal situation. To fill up an average sedan with fuel takes just a few minutes. But to fully charge an average electric car takes at least 4 hours, with quick charging when it is available taking about 30 minutes
Electric cars are priced significantly higher than your average car. The disparity is so much that owning a complete electric car is almost akin to buying a needless luxury item, when you can just purchase a functional alternative at a third of the price. This high price is also coupled to the fact that the technology of making cheaper efficient batteries or energy source for the car is decades away from making them cheaper. Or financially, a better substitute for traditional cars.
The most noticeable advantage of the electric car is that the owner saves money in the long run. In the first place, a good battery would last over 160 000 kilometers before it’s needs replacement. And being electric, the cost of maintenance of engine is much much lower.
The compromise for now are hybrid cars. Production of such cars are on the increase with major manufacturers making hybrids an optional model for their customers. Though there is an extra cost to hybrids, it is a good thing as it gives the world and technology time to catch up fully with the idea of a world sans gasoline cars.
But for now, gasoline cars still rule the roost. In the not too distant future, when perhaps electric cars are a bit cheaper, gasoline cars would be used for only long distance traveling while commuting around the city would be electric. However, the real future belongs to cars running on some form of energy that is not harmful to the environment..