The car industry does not operate in isolation; after all, it’s tied directly into other powerful industries, like oil and gas. One without the other can do enormous damage. But there’s also an issue of implementation and accessibility.
This is due to electric or greener cars being more expensive and seemingly being reserved only for those with higher incomes. As TorqueNews notes:
“Some consumers who are still cautious after the global recession may avoid buying electric cars if they can power their vehicles for less money using gasoline. For all of their environmental benefits, electric cars still commonly have expensive batteries and a lack of power. Despite being marketed by companies like Tesla as more cost efficient and the wide variety of information allowing prospective buyers to compare offers, electric cars remain more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts.”
There’s also an issue of infrastructure: in order for many of these vehicles, especially pure electric cars, to work, you need a society that is designed to cater to such vehicles. Right now, only the most expensive of societies can afford to manage them.
Of course, there are alternatives to being smart and efficient when it comes to cars: for example, implementing driving methods that reduce your pollution impact, buying good pre owned cars, or using public transport.
However, all of this doesn’t negate the importance of greener cars. Many who are in favour of greener alternatives have argued we are looking at energy incorrectly. MotherEarth News argues:
“Transportation efficiency is usually measured without regard for how fuel ends up in the tank, we just assume it will be there. It’s time to develop a better method, one that considers the finite nature of fossil fuels and how their use affects the planet’s ability to support life. Ultimately, almost all energy on Earth comes from the sun, so fuel efficiencies should be measured from sun to wheel.”
Using this method of measurement transforms how we consider energy. According to Mother Earth news, doing the calculations results in concluding that “solar-electric vehicles [have] an advantage 50 to 3,000 times greater than burning biofuels.” This is a remarkable statistic. After all, what we consider efficient is comprised of what we mean by that concept and what factors we’re using. By changing what precisely we’re talking about, we can properly figure out the true usage and energy factor.
Thus, it’s not just better but it’s more efficient when considered as such.