First and foremost, electric cars are better for the environment than gas-powered cars. Vehicles are one of the most common polluters and the greatest sources of greenhouse gases. Switching over to electric vehicles, or plug-in cars will certainly benefit the planet in the long run.
That said, it’s important to understand that this is not a perfect technology. There are still some serious problems that mean that electric cars can contribute to pollution. If you’re considering offering company cars to your employees, for instance, you need to know what type of impact this may have.
The trouble is with the electric grid
There are a few different things to consider here, but the major issue is simply with the electric grid. These cars still have to be plugged in to charge, and that means that the electric grid has to produce more power. To do this, different types of fossil fuels may be used. These still create pollution. So, while you may not be burning gasoline in your car itself, is that electric car making it so that the power plants are creating extra pollution?
The sheds light on why things like solar power and wind power are so important. Electric cars could have a significant positive impact on the environment, but they will only maximize that impact if the electric grid on which they depend also becomes greener.
It’s important for companies and individuals to think about these sorts of environmental issues and to know what steps they can take to reduce their impact. This is true both when businesses are first getting off the ground or when owners want to help those businesses grow.