How Electric Car Companies Are Improving Battery Life


| 4/13/2019 9:00:00 AM


In this new-age yearning for sustainable living, we are finding that many of the conveniences we have taken for granted are causing harm to the world we live in. For example, transportation has certainly taken one of the worst tolls on Earth’s environment. For this reason, scientists and researchers are doing their best to find ways to keep transportation fast and efficient, but with a lower cost to the earth.

As far as automobiles go, electric cars are being manufactured and popularized as an alternative to gasoline-run vehicles. This hasn’t been without trial, with the White House recently eliminating its subsidies for electric vehicles and leaving automotive companies to juggle electric- and gasoline-powered vehicles rather than focusing on the switch to the former. But there has still been a significant amount of headway in the sustainable vehicle movement.

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Despite these signs of progress, electric cars still have one big hurdle they need to overcome if they plan on overcoming gas-powered vehicles, and that is their battery lifespan. Currently, warranties on such vehicles run for about 8 years or 100K miles, which for electric cars means that’s as far as automobile companies are willing to trust them. If their battery life could long outlast the traditional automobiles, they may have a better shot at popularity.

Luckily, we know new technology in the automobile industry — especially that which is based around sustainability — generally has to go through some time lapses and mechanical trials before it catches on. We know that because, believe it or not, sustainability has been a part of the automobile industry for a few decades now.



Sustainability and the Auto Industry

Rethinking Prosperity believes that sustainability as a movement started all the way back in 1969, when the U.S. government initiated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in response to the Santa Barbara oil spill of the same year. This brought industrial pollution to the eyes of the public on a widespread level. Soon after, the health dangers of pollution were made well known, drawing attention to cars.

Gildedclaw
11/14/2019 8:59:20 AM

"the pollution created through the extraction process and production of batteries remains on par or slightly higher than the manufacturing process of petrol or diesel-based engines". "The total impact of electric vehicles is more pronounced when looking at their complete lifetime, where combustion engine vehicles are unable to compete. EVs are responsible for considerably lower emissions over their lifetime than vehicles running on fossil fuels, regardless of the source that generates the electricity ." Source Forbes magazine 5/20/2019 / /https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2019/05/20/are-electric-vehicles-really-better-for-the-environ//ment/#7ea49c1076d2


Txsrick
11/14/2019 7:29:34 AM

I do not drive an electric car for a couple reasons. One is they should be self supporting cost wise. If the public wants them, they'll buy them if the car companies make whatever improvements that need to make them cost competitive. The government needs to be out of auto subsidies of any type. Secondly the environmental impact to manufacture the batteries is worse than whatever impact fossil fuel cars deliver.




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