Electrified Transportation

Alora Foote, Contributor

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With society and technology advancing quickly, computers and machines are advancing at an exponential rate. Every day, discoveries are being made on how to make life easier, faster, and/or more efficient. One such industry that is rapidly growing is the manufacturing of electric cars. Many gas stations, hotels, and casinos are investing in car charge ports; dedicating a part of their parking lot to the electric substitutes. The purpose of these vehicles is pretty self-evident: to help save the planet by preserving fuel and air pollution. However, there are other benefits to this alternate mode of transportation such as increase of power and decrease in cost.

The first modern electric car is commonly believed to be the 1997 Toyota Prius, “five-year effort by Toyota Motor Corporation to develop and bring to market a practical, low-emission family vehicle”(Toyota). Their efforts to make an eco-friendly car sparked many other companies to make contributions to the effort. Electric cars reduce fuel costs, air pollution, reduces fuel use, and can end up being cheaper than a fuel-necessary vehicle. They are also known for having a good amount of power and, depending on the model, has more power than their gas counterparts. Electric cars are less expensive to maintain and bypass the fuel cost that fluctuates so often. While gas is only really contrived from one source, electricity can come from multiple. “Electricity can come from many sources, including from the burning of coal or gas, or from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower” (Energysage). They require less maintenance regarding the engine. Though these advancements are newer technology, a study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute in 2018 proved that electric cars, on average, cost almost half or what gas-powered cars. With all these benefits stacked against traditional gas-powered cars, what do they have that stakes a claim over electric cars?

The main benefit of gas-powered cars is that they can travel further before needing to be refueled. Although the electric cars do have plenty of power, they are still restricted due to the need to achieve fuel efficiency. Gas vehicles have a greater raw power compared to the hybrids. While hybrids were still being developed, they were costing a lot more than the gas-powered cars because researchers and scientists working on advancing the technology needed to make some profit in order to pay for their work. While electric hybrids were being further developed, gas cars were the cheaper option. However, that pro gas cars has is being less and less effective in the debates due to the hybrids’ drop in price.

The debate about which power supply is the better option will continue into the foreseeable future. As of now, given the pros and cons of each type, electric hybrids do seem to be the better choice. Being able to preserve the environment is a wonderful thing, though it does sacrifice a little bit of power. For many families in America, and across the globe, a cheaper option is always welcome and is offered in electric cars.




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