Let’s take a ride in an electric car. These green cars are run by batteries that store energy for the car. They emit very little to no Carbon Dioxide while running. This means they can help to reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions, local air pollution, and America’s reliance on imported oil.
How are the cars charged? You simply plug them into a wall with a special cord that pulls the electricity through the wall into the car’s batteries. Now, this does mean they use electricity to run, and of course, the production of electricity makes Carbon Dioxide. But we can change this by converting to using wind, solar, and hydroelectric power.
The combination of using electric cars and alternative energy sources have the potential to reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions by a lot. The value of reducing emissions an electric car depends on how electricity is produced in the area. Places that use alternative energy to make electric have cars that work on cutting down emissions because they don’t emit anything at all and their power source doesn’t either. In places where electricity is produced by coal and oil burning, electric cars aren’t worth much more than a normal car, as their power source produces Carbon Dioxide anyways. An example of this is Paraguay, where all of their energy is produced by hydroelectric power. Electric cars there produce no emissions in driving or charging because of the power source.
Electric motors are a clean and safe alternative to the traditional combustion engine when used properly. Electric cars are also known for having a faster acceleration, but they can only run for a shorter distance range. They may take a long time to charge, but they don’t produce any exhaust, which means no Carbon Dioxide emissions.