The 2017 Earth Car Conference is all about sustainability and initiatives to address climate change. An essential highlight of the event is the showcasing of electric cars and other clean vehicles in celebration of Earth Day. Climate change impacts have become more evident across regions. As a contribution to the mitigation of carbon emissions, the transportation sector has come up with innovative transportation solutions. Environmentalists and businesses are working together to build a cleaner transportation future.
Many countries are already integrating electric vehicles into their transportation system. Some of them are even providing incentives to buyers of electric cars. Do electric vehicles help tackle climate change?
Here are some ways on how electric vehicles help address climate change:
1. Electric Cars Emit Less Carbon Than Fuel-Type Vehicles. At present, the excessive use of fuel cars contributes large amounts to carbon emissions. Decarbonization requires the transportation sector to undertake efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Encouraging people to shift to electric vehicles can help lessen the carbon emissions of the transportation sector.
2. Using Electric Vehicles Help Reduce Harmful Pollutants From Conventional Cars. Fuel cars are known emitters of harmful tailpipe pollutants such as lead, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen. These pollutants do not only contribute to global warming but are also harmful to human health. Electric vehicles, on the other hand, produce less direct emissions.
3. Solar-Powered Vehicles Are Already In The Market. A clean energy source for charging these vehicles is already available and accessible.
Electric vehicles also have the following disadvantages:
1. The Charging Of Electric Cars Remains A Challenge. Many countries today heavily depend on fossil fuels for their primary energy source. Because of this, the charging of electric vehicles may still contribute to carbon emissions. However, more and more countries are already shifting to renewable energy sources. Charging options for electric cars are to improve in the future.
2. Electric Cars Use Batteries Made From Materials Harmful To The Environment. At present, many electric vehicles rely on lithium-ion batteries. If these batteries are not properly recycled, it may result in toxic waste.
Climate change impacts will worsen if countries fail to decarbonize. Thankfully, the transportation sector has become more innovative in doing its part in helping solve the climate crisis. Notwithstanding some disadvantages, the emergence of electric vehicles has made the future of our climate more promising.
Thinking of getting a car for a senior citizen in your family is such a sweet gesture. Their current auto may already be a couple of decades old, and it is not safe to drive anymore. If the step is high, they may no longer be able to climb up.
If you haven’t decided on what model to buy yet, you should consider getting an electric car. Here’s why.
The Car Does Not Need To Warm Up
The primary reason is that senior citizens don’t need to wait for the fuel to combust before rolling out of their garage. You can think of an electric car as a battery-operated vehicle in this sense. As soon as you power it up, it will function steadily. The elders can even speed up once they enter the freeway if they want.
It Is More Low Maintenance Than Regular Vehicles
Conventional autos require servicing several times a year. The oil needs changing regularly, the engine parts require monitoring, and the wheels sometimes have to be vulcanized.
Although those things are necessary, seniors honestly don’t always have time or strength to get such services. For that reason alone, they are better off with an electric car. Its engine does not have a lot of parts; there’s no oil or gunk to filter out because it uses electrical energy. Thus, it does not need servicing as much as conventional vehicles.
The Small-Sized EVs Are Perfect For Short Trips Around Town
You will find electric cars that seem to fit a couple of individuals. They are perfect for one or two senior citizens who want to go somewhere in town without walking or taking a cab. They may be able to move past the traffic or worry about parking because of the size. The level of comfort does not suffer despite that because the auto still has an air-conditioning unit and cushioned seats. The only difference is that the casing is more compact than others.
Some Cars Can Drive On Their Own
Have you watched videos of YouTube personalities eating or doing their makeup in a car without their hands on the steering wheel? They are not suicidal – they are merely riding in an electric vehicle that you can switch to self-driving mode anytime.
The benefit of obtaining a similar auto for the elders is that their arms won’t get tired, and they can relax even when they are in the driver’s seat. It still matters to watch the road like a hawk and be ready to steer the wheel anytime, but it may not be essential if the path is straight and there are not a lot of cars.
I know that electric cars are a little more expensive than regular vehicles of the same size. They may not be your first choice, especially if you are on a budget. However, think about the advantages of gifting one to your elderly parent or grandparent.
An electric vehicle requires low maintenance. A senior citizen does not need to step on the pedals hard to rev up the engine ever. The car does not take up much space. Best of all, it can function without the elder’s hands on the steering wheel the entire time.
Aren’t these facts enough reason to buy an electric vehicle for senior citizens?
I have always found electric cars so appealing. I grew up with appliances all over the house, big or small. I am used to seeing electricity work as I watch TV, reheat some food in the microwave, or turn on the air conditioning unit. However, I never knew that electrical energy could power up a real car until I saw my neighbor rolling out of his driveway in one.
Now, it has never been in my nature to knock on a neighbor’s door to ask for anything. I find it annoying when it happens to me, and I am sure that they feel the same. But when I saw the electric vehicle, all my principles went out of the window. I walked up to my neighbor as he’s backing out of his garage, exchanged pleasantries, and told him how much I admired cars like his.
What I did not expect, though, were my neighbor’s next words. He said, “If you are thinking of buying one, think again.” Of course, I had to prod for answers to my why’s, and so he told me the downsides of owning an electric car.
You Can’t Help But Procrastinate Sometimes
Charging an electric vehicle can take up to 12 hours, depending on the model. In case you plug it in at 7 PM, you can easily use it again by 7 AM. If you charge the car sooner than that, your ride will be ready before you even wake up.
The thing is, you can’t always guarantee your early return to the house. Sometimes, you may need to attend a company event or a family gathering that can last until midnight. If your call time in the morning is supposed to be at 8 AM, you may have to adjust that because your car will only be fully charged a few hours after that.
It Is Difficult To Find A Charging Station Everywhere
Another challenge of being an electric car owner is finding a charging station away from home. The reason is that not every city or town has one, regardless if more electric vehicles are seen on the road. And in case you have luck in finding one, the queue may already be too long.
According to my neighbor, there was a time when he had to call a tow truck because his car stopped in the middle of the desert. There was no charging station in sight. Even if there’s one, he would have to spend an entire day there. So, he never got to his destination and went back home instead.
The Car May Not Be 100% Eco-Friendly
Electric cars run after plugging it into a socket. People say that it is eco-friendly, but many electrical corporations use non-renewable sources of energy. Therefore, such vehicles are indirectly burning fossil fuels.
Admittedly, my love for electric cars has slightly dwindled after hearing about such facts that no manufacturer will ever talk about. Despite that, I believe that having one is still better than getting a conventional vehicle because it has more advantages than disadvantages.
Driving is among the many things I love. My dad taught me how to do it even before I turned 16. We would go around the town together with me in the driver’s seat while he would sit at the passenger’s side, pointing out what I should sometimes do. Thus, when it was time for me to apply for a license, I aced the written and practical exams with flying colors.
Fast forward to 2019, I am almost 25 years old now, and I still love driving. I have bought my first auto recently, too–an electric car.
Yes, it has taken me almost a decade before getting a vehicle despite my passion for driving. I used not to get bothered by the fact that I was driving my dad’s old car. I’d much rather do that than pay for something that I knew I didn’t want deep down in my heart. But when I saw an electric vehicle, it was love at first ride.
Now, rechargeable cars are not for everyone. It will only be perfect for you if:
You Are Into Eco-Friendly Stuff
In case you have not seen one in person, you should know that electric vehicles only run on electrical energy. It does not burn through diesel, gasoline, and other oils. So, you can say that you are doing something great for the environment by getting one.
You Are Single Or Has A Small Family
Their sizes usually tend to be on the small side, although manufacturers are starting to make electric vans. Building a large auto, after all, will mean needing more electricity and raising its market value. Because of that, it is the right car for single people or individuals with a small family.
You Don’t Do Road Trips
Road trips are exciting, especially during summertime. You can go to the next state with your windows down or travel a thousand miles to see a beautiful beach.
However, long travels may not be suitable for an electric car. You see, while their popularity has risen over the years, there are still some areas that don’t have charging ports available. If you find any, it may already be too crowded then due to the other tourists. Not to mention, an electric vehicle is not like a conventional one that will run again as soon as you fill it up with gas.
So, an electric car is only perfect for you if you like traveling long distances by air.
You Don’t Mind Waiting For Your Car To Recharge
The last indication that an electric vehicle will suit your taste is that you have lengthy patience. After all, it should stay plugged in for up to 12 hours, depending on its model. Getting impatient will not speed up the charging time, so you should buy an electric car if you don’t mind waiting.
Despite the benefits that come with having an electric vehicle, there’s no doubt that one size doesn’t fit all. It may be for me, but it may not be for you, and that’s okay. Nevertheless, if you are considering to get an electric car, you should identify the signs above.
I have been in love with electric cars for as long as I can remember. My fascination with it started during a history class in which the teacher said that the first electric vehicle was built in the 1800s. I used to believe that Tesla created and invented the EVs, but it became apparent that people had been making versions of it a couple of centuries ago. I do not have any idea how such inventors have managed to do that, but they have achieved amazing results and paved the way for modern-day wonders like Elon Musk.
Because electric cars have a soft spot in my heart, I tend to recommend buying one to friends, colleagues, and family members who need a new auto. Not only are they perfect for the environment, but they also work almost the same as conventional vehicles. Still, there are three kinds of individuals whom I push towards the latter more than the former.
Avid Car Travelers
Avid travelers are the people who love going on long drives or road trips. They enjoy the thrill of crossing a few thousand miles to be able to try a new activity or see a cool attraction. Of course, they do not find it fun to get on a plane to reach their destination, as doing so will not give them the full experience.
If you love covering long distances on land, you should not buy an electric car. It may last for approximately 12 hours, which sounds enough to go to another state or two. However, there is no guarantee that you will be able to stay at a hotel that lets you charge a vehicle. The worst-case scenario is that your EV runs out of juice, you cannot find a charging port anywhere, and you have no choice but to tow it all the way back to your hometown.
Riding an automatic vehicle is ideal for people who cannot stand waiting for the engine to warm up. As soon as they start the car, they can roll out of the driveway and go anywhere they want. Driving it is even easier because there is no need to learn how the stick shift works.
The thing is, it may be a challenge to experience the same level of convenience in an electric car. It functions as an automatic vehicle – that is true. You will not find a stick shift – that is another fact. Despite that, if you forget to charge it at night, you will see yourself waiting in the driveway anywhere from six to 12 hours. In case you have too many important meetings to go to, you may need to book an Uber ride or ask a friend to let you carpool with them. Either idea sounds like a hassle if you ask me.
Family Men (Or Women)
A man or woman who always has kids and other relatives in tow wherever they go cannot drive a five-seater car. It may not even be advisable to buy an SUV because it only has room for up to seven or eight individuals. Their only option is to get a van so that no one will have to use the public mode of transportation.
While there are electric vans on the market now, they may not be the best choice for family men or women. The reason is that they tend to be pricier than regular vans. The faster the charging time is, the costlier the car can be. During an emergency, it will be useless if you have not charged it. It will still be more practical to stick with regular auto.
Considering you know that you are one of those people mentioned above, but you still want to get an electric car, you should proceed with caution. It may not fit your lifestyle or budget; there may be days when you will blame yourself for getting that vehicle. Still, the choice is yours.
Once upon a time, I had an opportunity to follow a psychologist around for a month while doing my undergrad thesis. Sometimes, I could sit in her office and observe as she does a consultation with a client. Other times, the family of a patient would request for no one else to be there but the mental health expert, which we respect.
What I have realized through that experience is that more people are willing to go to a psychologist’s clinic than you think. Different kinds of individuals set an appointment with them, and the problems they hear about can be so unique that they are practically off the charts. I have spoken to a man, for instance, who has not slept for two weeks in fear of getting nightmares. There’s also this other person whose brother is afraid of taking a shower. I mean no disrespect towards the people who have to live with such conditions, but they are admittedly more complicated than depression or social anxiety.
Nevertheless, one case that may forever be etched in my mind is that of a woman who’s so stressed about everything — from her exhausting job down to her pickup truck. She would say, “I can’t handle my work; I have too many projects at once. My car consumes too much gasoline, too. I hate going behind the wheels and seeing I have to gas up again.”
Hmm. The work-related stress, I get it. It is advisable to see a psychologist when dealing with such a problem so that you can reinstate balance between your life and work. However, getting stressed over a vehicle is not something that a mental health professional can help you fix. No, I think what may have helped the woman more is exchanging her pickup truck with an electric car. “As important as it is to figure out what factors are affecting you and causing your symptoms of stress, it is extremely important to understand yourself and what you need to help you based on your individuality,” explains Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D., who is a neuropsychologist, board-certified health psychologist, and a board-certified sports psychologist. “Each person is unique, yet the majority of all methods and approaches to treatment are generalized and rarely take into account a variety of factors, such as gender, weight, and how your body responds.”
Benefits Of Buying An Electric Car
It Is Energy Efficient
The first thing that makes electric vehicles better than conventional ones is that a good portion (59% to 62%) of the energy goes into running the car. There’s no need to rev it up or heat the engine because it will accelerate even if you don’t do that. Thus, the lesser amount of energy the auto consumes, the more money you will manage to save.
It Requires Low Maintenance
One reason why an electric car is low maintenance is that you can treat it like an iPhone or laptop. It will function for most of the day, take you anywhere you want in your town or city. When you come home, you need to plug it in so that the vehicle will function the next morning again. Easy-peasy.
Furthermore, electric cars don’t have as many parts as regular autos. You don’t have to do an oil change after running for thousands of miles because it does not use fuel. There are no gaskets and other parts to replace routinely as well. Hence, you don’t have to worry about it underperforming as long as you make sure that its battery is charged.
It Is Better For The Environment Than Any Other Vehicle
An electric vehicle is also better for the environment, in the sense that it does not add to the pollution that we are all suffering from. As mentioned above, the car does not run on fuel, so it won’t give off smoke while it’s running. It may indirectly consume fossil fuel if you use the electricity at home to charge the car, but you won’t be burning through gallons after gallons of it a few times a day. Moreover, “Emotions, relationships, and our personal and social identities are all affected by natural environments,” says Susan Clayton, Ph.D. “People are a part of the environment, and sustainability requires us to think about people, nature and the ways in which they’re connected.”
To Sum Things Up
Isn’t it fascinating how making a single change in your life can have an impact on so many things? “Remaining cognitively flexible and adaptable to the flow of life makes you resilient to life’s changes and disappointments,” wrote Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D.⁷ And so she says, “If the cost is too high or the goal out of reach, the healthy thing to do is to let go and change your way of looking at the situation.” When you trade your auto that runs on gasoline or diesel and gets an electric car instead, saving your money is not all you can do. There are not a lot of vehicular parts to worry about, so your trips to repair centers may lessen. It has a battery-powered engine, not a combustion one; hence, the car will not produce gases that are harmful to all living things. Not to mention, the energy does not have to travel through various areas; that’s why it is quick to accelerate from one point to another.
Of course, if you want a vehicle that runs at top speed, an electric car is not what you should be looking for. However, in case you merely want to get around the city without a hassle, this is for you.
There are a lot of benefits of electric vehicles (EV). EV’s do not produce the tailpipe emissions that come directly burning fossil fuels. These emissions contribute to climate change by providing harmful air pollution. EV’s are relatively quieter than regular cars because they do not have combustion engines and exhaust systems like a regular vehicle. Driving a loud car seems to boost self-esteem to other people, but it can be very irritating to some. Therapists will agree to that.
With all the stress and anxiety of having a car, the electric vehicle gets recently advised for a lot for people. There’s so many grants and assistance to buy one. People don’t have an issue in servicing cost because it is way more affordable compared to the usual vehicles. There’s no oil filter in it, and the breaks don’t wear off quickly as well. There are a lot of compensations like driving in bus lanes and specific areas where people can get away from the congestion zones. With that so many advantages, why is everyone not buying one? There’s got to be a reason behind it. Let’s look into each of these particular reasons in turn and see what we can come up with it.
Know Nothing About Electric Vehicles
Yes, there are tons of information people can look up to, but that’s not enough for them. There are some who don’t seem to understand the advantage of having an EV. That instead of looking at its significant contribution to every individual’s life and the environment, others are trying to look for complications in it. There’s this mentality that electric vehicles will not be the appropriate car for specific occasions.
Sellers Focus On The Hybrids
When people visit a car store, no seller will immediately introduce them to an EV. Often, they will ramp up hybrid vehicles because they assume that it is more of what the customers need. That explains why some sellers don’t entertain or try to sell one EV even to those interested ones. Therefore, it makes people avoid buying it because most dealers don’t often spend time explaining electric vehicles’ benefits.
People Stick To The Usual
The problem with people is the mindset of using a vehicle. Several people want to have a car for convenience. They want it to become part of their everyday life and help them get through whatever errands they may need daily. However, there are the ones who use these vehicles only to show off. It is not that others should have to care about why people buy cars, but it’s another contributing factor why EVs are getting little less attention up to this present day.
Instead of looking at EVs most significant contribution to the environment, most people imagine the range of anxiety and hassle of electric vehicles’ charging networks as well as handling one. As much as possible, people want to have a car that supports the range of things they do daily. They want things to become more manageable. So for them, taking care of an EV will only cost them additional time, energy, and effort. In worse cases, they assume that its cost can become more than the usual hybrid cars.
It Won’t Support Long Journey
One misconception of EVs is its underrated capability. People don’t buy them because they believe that electric vehicles are not capable of taking a long journey. They are so much concern that the car might get stuck on the road due to the battery, charging and mechanical issues. They often ignore the fact that the case is also similar to those ordinary cars whenever it emptied its gas or about to lose its breaks. Therefore, the argument there is not entirely convincing. Still, people use the same excuse over and over again only to avoid buying an electric car.
Again, everything people do always depend on their mindset. So for them, to use an electric car, they should first recognize its purpose. However, some people know and understand the value of getting an EV. But they feel no obligation in doing so because others are still not doing it. There’s this buildup standard in society that locks people into believing that hybrid cars are the best when it comes to services. Perhaps it could be true. But electric vehicles are way more environmental and human-friendly vehicles that people often ignore.
Not everybody is just going to buy electric vehicles just because it’s efficient, user and environmentally friendly. People need more than that. The fact that they can look for reasons not to buy is enough to know they merely don’t care about the environment. It’s hard, but they should find a way to change that type of mindset before it’s too late.
Buying a new car is not something that you can decide spontaneously. There is a necessity on your part of making an effort think of it properly. Take note that you have to be careful in choosing an automotive. Do not waste your money into something that does not offer you any significant benefits. Allow me to share some of the smart tips I learned from the different collectors who attended the successful 2015 Detroit auto show.
For sure, you will learn a lot from these individuals. Below are some of the things to keep in mind:
As much as possible, acquire more knowledge about the different car manufacturers in your area. Learn about the latest models of each brand so that you can widen your selection. At the same time, read more about what makes each model unique from one another.
Connect With A Car Enthusiast
If you have no idea how to decide about your car purchase, one of the things that you can do is to connect with someone who is into collecting cars. Learn from this car enthusiast so that you will not make an error in buying the vehicle.
Check Your Budget
Do not forget the significance of knowing your budget when it comes to searching for a car to buy. Keep in mind that it is an essential consideration because it will limit your choices. If you only have a limited budget, then you have to choose the low-end models as the high-end ones can be expensive.
The best thing that you can do at this moment is to check the reviews of each model that you like. Take into consideration several factors to ensure that you can make a smart decision. You can get your dream car if you make an effort to do it.