April 22, 2023
Happy Earth Day! Today we’re talking about the impact you can make by converting to an EV.
It’s no secret that electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to significantly reduce emissions from the transportation sector, which is why they are rapidly increasing in popularity. In 2022, sales of EVs increased 65% and that trend continues as new manufacturers enter the market and the range in price points becomes more accessible. While traditional vehicles powered by gasoline or diesel produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants that contribute to climate change and air pollution, electric vehicles produce no tailpipe emissions.
While the production of electric vehicles and their batteries also generate emissions, studies have shown that they are offset by the emissions saved during their use, particularly if the EVs are powered by renewable energy sources. That’s one of the many reasons Koulomb made the decision to offset its fast chargers by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), to allow for a circular green economy.
Overall, the impact of electric vehicles on emissions is largely dependent on the source of the electricity used to power them. As renewable energy sources such as solar farms become more prevalent, the potential emissions savings from EVs will only increase.
Putting this into context for gas-powered vehicles, an average car that fills up the gas tank twice a month will produce 3.2 metric tons of CO2 annually.
Cleaning the air and the atmosphere of harmful emissions can’t come soon enough, and each EV purchased is a step in the right direction.