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  • Writer's pictureNeil Hwang

The Dark Side of EVS

Electric Cars are supposed to be eco friendly, however the production of the vehicles are more hazardous than they were supposed to be. The negative impact of EV’s range from greenhouse gas emissions to having shorter driving ranges compared to gasoline cars.

Electric vehicles travel less distances than gasoline cars. The average gasoline car can travel 30 miles on just one single gallon of gas. The electric car can travel at least 100 miles on just one charge, but the charging ports for the vehicles currently are small in number. So it is dangerous to travel long distances in electric vehicles for now. Also, the prices for the electric vehicles are too pricey compared to normal gasoline cars. The average cost of an electric car is $61,488 while the average cost of a gasoline car is $48,681. The cost to replace an EV battery ranges from $4,000 to $20,000. The lowest cost for a gasoline vehicle is $15,000 to $20,000. People can easily purchase a normal vehicle at the cost of replacing a battery for EVs.

Most of the charging ports for EVs come from power plants, which are basically fossil fuels, which defeats the whole purpose of these vehicles. Additionally, the batteries used for the cars are made using nickel, lithium, and cobalt, which all produce pollution in different ways. For example, lithium harms the soil, which eventually causes air contamination. The materials mined for the production of the cars produce as much greenhouse emissions. Many studies have shown that the production of EV batteries results in higher carbon pollution than gasoline cars.

As stated before, finding a charging port can be difficult, but charging the electric vehicle takes a mass amount of time. The time to charge a gas vehicle is 2-3 minutes, but the time to charge an EV can take hours. Although people are finding easier and faster charging technology, for now, owners are trying not to travel long distances. To add on with the environmental issues, the manufacture of the vehicles takes more gas pollution than a gas powered vehicle. However, there are positive factors in terms of EVs as well. Some of these are using less energy to travel.

Electric vehicles are one of the most controversial topics in the world, but there are some positive and negative aspects. If scientists are able to correct these negative mistakes in the future, then these would be our choice for efficient traveling in the future. They will be a great change to society, and open up more jobs as well.

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