The Evolution of the EV
The motorized vehicle is one of the most innovative and world-changing inventions of the modern era. Can you imagine life without a car amongst all the hustle and bustle of today’s demanding world? This extraordinary invention improved man’s mobility as well as lessened the restraints of time in relation to where people could travel for leisure or conduct business. We associate the famous 1908 image of the making of the first “people’s car” produced by Ford’s assembly line of mass production as the start of the great mobile movement. However, there is more to this automotive evolution story including the effects of this great invention on our environment and what we can do to combat those effects.
The creation of the vehicle was impressive in its own right to the world at that time; especially since it took only 3 hours to go a distance of 7 miles in the first patented car model in 1789. This first automobile was powered by a steam engine, giving birth to a modality of using natural renewable resources within a vehicle for personal use. When inventors were jumping at the opportunity to be a part of the new automotive movement, they were also using renewable resources by utilizing steam and electric engines in their patented vehicles. It wasn’t until 1908 when Ford created the Model T car using a cheaper resource of gasoline to power the internal combustion engine (ICE) which led to the demise of the electric motor. We continued to grow in this industry with new car model after new model claiming to go farther and faster all using the gas powered engine. As the vehicle per capita grew from 0.11 vehicle to every 1,000 people at the turn of the century to the astounding increase in the amount of 545.35 vehicles to 1,000 people in 1970, the subdued topic of air pollution became a global concern. Beginning in the late 1960’s Congress began passing bills to research the development of improved technologies using hybrid and electric motors. Its been a steady increase in the research, development, and manifestation of utilizing again the renewable resource idea behind the first engines created for a motorized vehicle. In 2009 the vehicle per capita reached 828 cars to every 1,000 people leading to almost 5,000 tons on carbon dioxide emitted into the air every year within the same per capita. With almost 2 billion cars in the world emitting toxic emissions into our air, we are forced to think of traveling in a new and sustainable way.
Emission Free Vehicles (EFV) are changing the automotive game by increasing the availability and affordability to fit needs of anyone looking to change to a 100% green vehicle. The population as a whole is understanding the responsibility we need to take to reverse the damage we have done by driving gasoline powered cars for the last 100 years by participating in the valuable EFV movement. We can turnabout the effects of the air pollution by purchasing and using a EFV in place of a single ICE vehicle which emits 6 tons of carbon dioxide in the air per year. Companies have been born around the idea of decreasing the effects of the cars we drive today.
Corporations who are built on the share-ride models are making an impact on the amount of toxic emissions pumped daily into our air, but it is still not enough to counteract the damage. Companies, such as eCarra, who have made strides in the EFV movement have partnered with electric car dealerships to provide a comfortable emission free ride experience to the customers within the share-ride model. This is just an example of how we can effect change if we are willing to rethink how we get from point A to point B. We have the ability to correct the effects that air pollution has had on our environment by making the small switch to car brands that carry EFVs and support furthering efforts of discovering new ways to live in a green lifestyle.
Written by Bekah Keanne