How Green are Electric Vehicles?

The most important power since the Industrial Revolution, which created modern life, has been the use of fossil fuels both in power generation centers and in motor vehicles. While fossil fuels play such a vital and vital role, they also bring about environmental disasters that will end our world. The fact that the natural balance is deteriorated due to the use of fossil fuels every day, and the fact that countless harvests such as cancer, asthma, diabetes, etc. are seen above the normal acceptable rates, emerges as the most complicated problems that humanity is trying to cope with today. Other alternative sources and systems developed in place of fossil fuels (wind, wave, solar energy) are unfortunately unable to meet the needs of the rapidly growing human population. However, the most popular and promising electric energy vehicles in recent years are the main agenda of this article.

Electric automobiles and other vehicles issued by many automotive companies are introduced in various ways in the news and have been used in daily life. The first reaction of those who see these vehicles is, of course, how quiet they are and that they are quite environmentally friendly as they do not emit smoke in any way. However, recent research into electric vehicles claims that these technologies are not as green as they seem. The most thorough and comprehensive research on this subject is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, known for its pioneering work in important scientific studies. In the research conducted by MIT, Tesla Model SP100D and Mitsubishi Mirage Model cars, which are known for their leadership in the sector and for their ambitious environmental image, have undergone a detailed examination in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the air. They found that Tesla emitted 226g of carbon dioxide per kilometer, while Mitsubishi emitted 192g of carbon dioxide. At this point, many readers will wonder how electric vehicles cause carbon dioxide emissions. The answer to the question is exactly: Yes, there is no exhaust pipe because there is no direct carbon dioxide emission in electric vehicles, but because electricity is produced by fossil fuels, electricity is consumed by fossil fuels and electricity is consumed indirectly. is released into the air for carbon dioxide. In summary, electric vehicles emit more carbon dioxide than we anticipate in the air at the power plants for the engines they run on the roads. Here, it is worth mentioning one point that is particularly emphasized in the MIT research. The Tesla Model SP100D, which is at the center of the research, is a high-performance vehicle due to its sporting feature in electric vehicles, thus causing indirect carbon dioxide emissions to be higher than its counterparts. Compared to other fossil fuel-based vehicles, electric vehicles are generally more environmentally friendly in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. The point examined in the research is the fact that electric vehicles are not completely environmentalist and that they are presented with an exaggerated claim in terms of these aspects. In fact, one of the highlights of the MIT research is that electric vehicles are not environmentalists; The reason is that electricity generation and storage systems are not environmentally friendly due to current technology.

Another non-environmental aspects of electric vehicles are substances used in energy storage systems. All electric vehicles have batteries of very large size to provide sufficient energy to the vehicle. These batteries actively radiate radiation as long as people are present in the vehicle, inviting the most merciless diseases of our time. Substances such as cobalt, lithium and nickel in the components of the batteries cause serious environmental pollution both in active use and when they are to be recycled. Recent research has shown that nickel ranks eighth among substances that create environmental risks. As a matter of fact, the researches conducted in the settlements around the nickel mines revealed that people have a very intensive lung cancer and various birth diseases. Similarly, it is a matter of common agreement that there are intense environmental risks among other materials used in battery production. Despite numerous investigations in energy storage systems, a satisfactory distance has not yet been achieved. Currently, only 5% of the batteries can be recycled.

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