On the 9th September 2020, it is the inaugural World EV Day where we come together to celebrate all forms of electric transport. From buses to cars. On this day we can all further consider the opportunity to commit to cleaner air and a more sustainable future. You can head over to the official website to find out more, or you can join the conversation on social with #WorldEVDay
We’ve decided to look at how Electric Vehicles are changing the world now, and the impact they are going to have in the future.
Electric Vehicle Worldwide Sales
It used to be rare to know someone who had an EV, with only 17,000 Electric vehicles on the world’s road in 2010. Our daily journey’s see an increased capacity of Tesla, Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe sharing our roads. In 2019, the number of EV’s had risen to a staggering 7.2 million vehicles around the world.
This astronomical rise has occurred because of several factors, including infrastructure, benefits, cost, and a global push to decrease pollution and greenhouse gases.
Looking at the trend, we expect the sale of EV to continue to rise over the years, especially with the increased introduction of Zero Emissions Zones (ZEZ) and other benefits which are making EV’s a more financially viable option.
Environmental Benefits of Electric Vehicles
The major benefits of EV’s are their impact on the environment compared to regular ICE vehicles. With no tailpipe, they have no carbon dioxide emissions when driving. This means they create greener and safer cities for people to live in.
It has been reported by EDF Energy that a single Electric Vehicle can save on average 1.5 million grams of CO2 a year compared to a regular fuel car. That is equivalent to four return flights from London to Barcelona.
Electric vehicles can also reduce noise pollutions in cities as they are considerably quieter than vehicles with internal combustion engines.
There are still improvements which need to be made when it comes to how much pollution is created through Electric Vehicles. This is because a lot of energy is required when assembling these vehicles, more than a regular vehicle.
Also, in a lot of cases, the electricity needed to charge an EV comes from traditional methods, such as by burning fossil fuels. As renewable energy becomes more common in the UK, EV CO2 emissions will decline.
Health Benefits of Electric Vehicles
World EV Day is about discussing how converting to electric is going to benefit our lives. The health implications of EV’s are potentially the biggest reason to support the cause.
A study in Canada found severally health issues which are brought about by the exposure of fine particle pollution found in vehicle tailpipe emissions.
- Causes early death (both short-term and long-term exposure)
- Causes cardiovascular harm (e.g. heart attacks, strokes, heart disease, congestive heart failure)
- Is likely to cause respiratory harm (e.g. worsened asthma, worsened Chronic Obstructive
- Pulmonary Disease (COPD), inflammation)
- May cause cancer
- May cause reproductive and developmental harm
Converting to EV’s could help all of these. The following paragraph is taken from the study and shows how children and young people will benefit from a greener future.
“In addition, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and low birth weight of infants have been linked with fossil fuel emissions. Those most susceptible to health risks from fine particle pollution include infants, children, and teens. Children are more vulnerable to health impacts from emissions because of their physiology because they are growing, and because they have higher breathing rates.”
Saving money with Electric Vehicles
For individuals and businesses, there are plenty of financial benefits to moving over to electric vehicles.
A study by Elmtronics in 2019 found it costs approximately £340 to run a Nissan Leaf for 10,000 miles. On the other hand, a Nissan Micra would cost £1,281.50 over the same distance. This means there is potential to save over £900 a year switching to electric.
If you’re a Tesla owner, you could be in line for free supercharger miles, either through a reference code or with the Model S and X.
Furthermore, there are thousands of free EV chargers across the country, meaning you could get a full charge without having to pay a penny.
There are other financial benefits for moving over to an EV. One of these includes a 0% BIK tax for electric company cars. Find out more about the benefits of owning an EV here.
Over the next few years, Electric Vehicles will become even more financially viable as battery technology advances and becomes cheaper. Also, more people move over to electric, there will be a higher demand which will in turn decrease the cost of production. with cheaper batteries and a larger customer pool, creating higher demand, making production costs lower.
We are excited to be celebrating World EV Day and firmly believe the future is electric. If you’d like to have a chat with one of our team about how you can make the transition, get in touch with us through our website.