Electric Vehicle’s Impact-Environment





Electric Vehicle’s Impact on the Environment

James C. Goggans

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Professor Andrew Walsh

Biology 120

3 January 2021





The Potential Electric Vehicles to reduce environmental pollution


Over time, the use of electric vehicles has become increasingly significant, with more people opting to go for electric vehicles over standard vehicles. Researchers have rooted the use of electric vehicles as a potential solution to climate change. However, other researchers argue that these vehicles are not better than the standard ones. The point has hit debates for a long time, but there is no solid argument that the current vehicle grid produces an insignificant amount of carbon emissions. Proponents of the debate argue that combining electric vehicles with low carbon renewable energy will address environmental pollution and eventually address climate change.

An increase in the use of electric vehicles implies an increase in demand for electricity. The high demand can be assuaged by adopting renewable energy systems such as hydropower and wind power. The carbon emissions from renewable energy sources are less compared to the normal combustion of fossil fuels and other pollutants such as nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds (Guerra, 2019). While there is merit to the proposition that electric vehicles reduce pollution, society needs to accept that this relies on the grid the electric vehicles use. Therefore, the environmental protection potential of electric vehicles is directly connected to the source of energy.

Objectives of the Research

Demonstrate how using electric vehicles that source energy from renewable sources can reduce carbon emissions, preventing climate change.

Key Vocabulary

Electric vehicles-vehicles that operate on an electric motor. Renewable energy sources of energy that do not deplete when they are used.

Climate change-a change in climate patterns at regional and global levels.

Pollution-introduction of harmful substances to the environment.

Emissions-discharge of gas.

A local grid-a a power distribution system that has a limited range.

Subsidies-state/public grant offered to industry to keep the prices of goods low.

Tax credits-reduction of tax on goods/services.

Module connection

The project focuses on the advancement of technological (adoption of electric vehicles) and how they impact the environment. By working on the project, I will assess technological impacts and their potential impacts on the environment (positive and negative).

Real-world connection

The project connects to the real world by informing policies and personal decisions. At a personal level, the decision to purchase an electric vehicle or install a renewable energy source will be significantly informed by the understanding of the role of renewable energy and electric vehicles in addressing climate change. At the state and federal levels, understanding the connection between renewable energy use and the electric vehicle will inform policies that will enhance the interconnected use of the two to address climate change issues.

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