There are those that swear by the electric car, that view us antiquated petrolheads as barbaric puppy-killing, baby-choking monsters and, we might agree with them, to a certain point. The list of issues surrounding this debate is greater than Elon’s number of followers on Twitter.
Depending on what side of the fence you’re on, some concentrate on the emissions emitted from the usage of automobiles while others consider production impacts. When all of this is combined, more questions typically arise than answers.
The problem with the issues is that, hinging on the source of the information, facts vary enormously – sounds familiar don’t it?
Certain influencing facts are undeniable. How is the used electricity produced? With coal? Hydro dams? Mining Lithium is not environmentally friendly. Nor is drilling for oil. And it gets infinitely more complicated here on in.
While the debate will rage on for years to come, the majority of car manufacturers are fully dedicated to developing and producing more electric cars. Many territories, such as California and Québec, have set goals on EV sales for the near future but one of the principal bugs with all of this is human consumption – this is a subject for a whole other dialogue.
The one element that seems to be the easiest to understand, and digest, is the size of the battery. Much like the size of an internal combustion engine, the larger the battery, the larger the negative impact on the environment.
In other words, think about a Tesla Model P100D. Its enormous battery is more or less equivalent to the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s supercharged V8. The Nissan LEAF’s 40 kWh battery sides with the Hyundai Elantra’s normally-aspirated 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine.
To help you out, here’s a video from Engineering Explained on the debate. It’s long but well worth your time.