The environment has a substantial impact on our health and well-being, thus it is important to do our part to take care of it in order to maintain quality of life. A healthy ecosystem keeps our water clean, air pure, soil alive, climate regulated, nutrients recycled, and provides us with food.
Electric vehicles are a great way to go green, as well, considered to be one of the most sustainable forms of transportation today. Electric cars are much more efficient than gas-powered cars, can reduce your dependence on fossil fuels and require less maintenance than most cars. Three popular reasons why there has been an increase in the purchasing of electric vehicles over the last ten years.
There are many economical advantages to investing in an electric vehicle, most especially when coupled with solar power, but it’s important to power your clean auto with a clean power source. Powering an electric vehicle with electricity coming from a power plant that lets off emissions, may only be slightly “greener” than using gas. Depending on how electric power is produced, EVs have potential to be be run 100% on sustainable, renewable resources.
Infographic: EV drivers mostly chose to transition to electric vehicles in order to help protect the environment. Other top reasons were financial savings and a love for new technology. – Clean Technica
While many EV buyers transition to electric vehicles in order to help protect the environment, another popular reason is to save financially. It typically costs less to fuel your car with electricity than with gasoline. If you add solar power into the mix, you are looking at even more significant cost savings.
When powered by utility power (SDG&E), EV’s get somewhere around (comparable to) 30 miles/gallon, where electric vehicles powered by solar can get well over (comparable to) 100 miles/gallon. Financially, driving a gas powered vehicle is roughly twice the cost of driving an electric powered vehicle. Regular gasoline prices in California today is about $3.55 per gallon, while an electric eGallon cost is $1.72 on average.
On top of proven mileage benefits, electric vehicles offer a more cost effective option towards becoming energy independent. According to Energy.gov, plug-in electric vehicles can help the United States have a greater diversity of fuel choices available for transportation. As well, charging EVs on renewable energy, such as solar or wind, will improve public health and reduce ecological damage by minimizing vehicle emissions that contribute to climate change and smog.
The increased interest in energy independence and monetary savings has caused the demand for electric vehicles and charging stations to rise. This has caused automakers to work towards bettering the technology and batteries of these vehicles. It has also led to more cities adding electric vehicle charging stations to their public spaces. As well, prices of EVs are becoming more affordable as more types and models are made.
Research from Statista shows the U.S. had approximately 57,000 charging outlets and 20,000 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles in 2018. A considerable sum of these chargers are found in California, with some 4,800 stations and 18,200 power outlets.
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