So gas-powered vehicles are still bad for the environment, and electric cars depend on equally dirty energy sources… so what’s an eco-minded commuter to do?
If you’ve been dreaming of an electric car, here are some reasons why they’re still better for the environment that conventional vehicles:
- Electric vehicles have no tailpipe, which means they produce less methane, nitrous oxide, and assorted other greenhouse gases than their gas-powered counterparts. The one exception: sulfur dioxide, which is produced by coal combustion and can lead to acid rain.
- In cities, exhaust from millions of combustion engines combine to produce local adverse effects on the health of car users and all innocent bystanders. Driving an electric car or even a plug-in hybrid can reduce this drastically.
- Buying an electric vehicle sends an important, monetary message to car manufacturers: we don’t want Hummers or SUVs, we want efficient cars that tread lightly on the planet.
If you want to take your activism a step further, use this nifty ZIP-code tool to determine how much of your electricity is coal or nuclear-generated. If you don’t like what you find out, take action to demand that your utility increase its use of renewable energy.
This is the second in a weekly series of Care2 posts about alternative fuels and vehicles in honor of Earth Day! Stay tuned for the next installment.
Image Credit: Flickr – Simone Ramella