The world is rapidly changing and what people thought was a fantasy in the future is becoming reality. People have been panicking and rushing to find an alternative to fossil fuels for many reasons. People did not think that there could be a more efficient or reliable resource other than gasoline or oil, but they have recently been proven wrong. Electricity has been proven to be the better option and more and more people have been making the switch from gasoline to electric cars, and for good reasons. One of the main reasons why people are switching from gasoline cars to electric cars is that electric cars convert energy more efficiently than gasoline. Fueleconomy.
com stated that “EVs (electric vehicles) convert about 59% to 62% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels while gasoline vehicles only convert about 17% to 21% of the energy stored in gas to power at the wheels.”(fuel economy) Since EVs are more energy efficient, it means that they can cost much less in terms of fueling and even just maintenance overall. This is due to the fact that electricity production costs less because it is produced by using renewable and abundant resources. They are also better for the environment because there are less non renewable resources being taken from the environment and being used to pollute it. Another major reason why people have been making the switch is that EVs are also more environmentally friendly. EVs do not emit as many pollutants as gasoline vehicles.
The production of electrical energy, however, may emit pollution into the air, but only those that run on fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Production by nuclear, hydro, solar, and wind powered plants cause no air pollution or any pollution whatsoever because the resources powering these plants are all renewable and safe for the environment. (EVgo) Lastly, safety is another key component to determine whether or not people decide to make the switch. When the Tesla Model S first came out, there was in fact an incident which resulted in a man being killed. The driver of the vehicle had turned on autopilot mode and out of his 41 minute drive, 37 of them were spent on autopilot which was not recommended. While using autopilot, the driver is still advised to keep their hands on the wheel and should be paying attention to their surroundings. The driver involved in this particular accident was given 7 warnings to put his hands on the wheel. He chose to ignore these warnings and continued the drive on autopilot.
A truck crossed the path of the Tesla driver which resulted in them colliding. This caused the battery inside the Tesla to catch fire. This is common when this type of battery has been damaged or overheated.
This factor makes people considering to purchase an EV to reconsider because of the dangers that can occur. However, studies show that gasoline vehicle fires occur in every 1,350 vehicles while an EV fire occurs every 6,333. (Tail Pipe) In conclusion, there have been many people considering to buy an EV.
The main reasons being that they are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. On the other hand, people struggle with deciding on if purchasing an electric vehicle is worth the risk of the battery catching fire, but this happening to a gasoline vehicle is just as likely if not more. In the long run, EVs should be more abundant upon drivers because they are better for the environment.
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