When it comes to the discussion of mobility in general, the principle that we should take to heart is that burning fossil fuel is disastrous, and the effects are immediate and long-term. Every time fuel is burned to produce energy, there will always be damaging side effects, and the more fossil fuel we consume, the more destructive the effects become.
The painful reality that we face today is that every gasoline or diesel-fed vehicle that goes out of the manufacturing plant speaks for our extended obligation to using fossil fuels. As long as we use cars that run on gasoline, we are forced to patronize oil-based fuel. Every gas-fed car sold will add to the aggravation of the undesirable side-effects. Before our environmental issues reach an irreversible stage, we have to find a new way to move around without harming nature, and electric cars are clearly a positive step forward.
EVs or electric cars are vehicles run by electric motors that use rechargeable batteries. They are very effective alternatives to gas-fed vehicles. And aside from efficiently transporting people from one place to another, using EVs can greatly help lessen pollution, thanks to its zero tail pipe emission. And, depending on how the electricity is produced, electric cars can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Because of its amazing environmental protection capabilities, the increasing clamour on our total oil dependence, rising fuel prices and the scary effects of global warming, several companies have invested billions of dollars into the development of electric cars.
The truth is, this wonderful invention is not a new concept at all. Electrically-run vehicles were very popular during the late 19th century and early 20th century. However, the First World War brought to the riding public mass-produced petroleum-run cars which were cheaper, and this lead to electric cars becoming obsolete.
Interest in the reproduction of EVs has been rekindled lately because of the increasing concern for the environment and the damage brought by the incessant burning of gasoline and diesel. However, electric car engines are more expensive to produce and operate in when compared to internal combustion engines, and a lot of customers are not yet ready to spend a considerable amount of money for a car with the mere intention of reducing their carbon footprints.
Nevertheless, the high price tag of an electric vehicle is evened out by the reduced cost of running and maintaining it. An electric car engine has fewer moving parts compared to an internal combustion engine which means, it is easier to maintain and does not need to be checked and repaired frequently. And because it has lesser parts, the likelihood of engine breakdown is reduced as well.
Some companies have implemented battery-switching technologies in their newer car models, allowing the driver to switch to a new battery at a roadside battery switch station. In the US, the government is offering incentives to people who use EVs.