Electric Cars are amazing. So are so great, that most of us are familiar with a relatively large number of such models. You will certainly know the Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max, Toyota Prius, BMW i8, and of course, the Tesla Model S. In spite of the relatively recent surge in both popularity and sales of these vehicles. In spite of this, in the early years of the automobile, electricity was the most popular form of propulsion followed by steam and gasoline. Today, they are hailed as a new way of getting around while reducing the use of non-renewables such as petrol or gas. While this is true at the stage of refueling, or in this case, recharging your vehicle, this is not necessarily the full picture. While you will no longer be filling your car up with a fossil fuel at the pump, the electricity used may have been produced with fossil fuels. Local electricity production facilities could be coal power stations, gas power stations, and other sources of greenhouse gases.
Why Where You Are?
How does where you are matter, though? The way in this matters is that some countries and regions have differing ratios of renewable energy use. Today over 10% of the world’s electricity production is from renewable, and this is rising. The countries which have public electric vehicle charging stations leading the pack in terms of the share of renewable energy relative to total energy production are Norway, Austria, Canada, Switzerland, and Sweden. The US states which produce the most renewable energy proportionally are Idaho, Washington, Oregon, South Dakota, and Maine.
What to Do?
When purchasing an electric car, therefore, particularly with the intention of reducing your CO2 emissions, bear one thing in mind. In order to reduce your carbon footprint to the maximum, check the share of energy produced from renewables in your country or region. This way, you can ensure that greenhouse gas emissions resulting from your driving are minimized. If possible, do move. Otherwise, compare and contrast the relative CO2 production between your chosen electric car and a low emission or hybrid vehicle.