May 23, 2022

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How Are Electric Vehicles Better for the Environment?


In the recent years, electric vehicles have become a hot topic among environmentalists. Some people are even considering buying one to help the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. However, not everybody knows why these cars are better for the environment than gas-powered cars. In this article, we answer all your questions about electric vehicles and how they’re better for our planet. Electric cars are actually much better for the environment in comparison to gas-powered ones. However, that is an exception. Most electric vehicles that consumers have today are “normal” cars and trucks, but they have no exhaust pipes. So they don’t pollute the air like their gas-powered counterparts do. 

That does not mean that electric vehicles are better for the environment than any other cars or trucks, because they’re not. The production of batteries is one of the major environmental hazards. So, even if electric vehicles are better for air pollution, they still produce large amounts of waste when they’re manufactured. To understand this fact, it’s best to start with an introduction to how batteries work. Electric vehicles run on electricity and need batteries in order to exist on our roads today. Batteries contain lithium-ion, nickel-cadmium and lead-acid. These are exactly the same batteries you would find in your laptop computer. These batteries can store a very small amount of electricity and produce a small amount of current in order to make your lights, computer, and other devices work. In order to power an electric vehicle’s electric motor, more electricity than the original battery can hold is needed. This extra electricity comes from either a conventional power plant or a renewable energy source such as solar panels or wind turbines.

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What are EVs, and how do they work?

The electric vehicle or PHEV Cars is a vehicle that uses one or more electric motors for propulsion. EVs are also known as electric cars, plug-in cars and electric vehicles (EVs). Electric vehicles run on electricity that is stored in batteries and they can be charged from your home plug point or at public charging stations. They produce no exhaust pollution, like conventional vehicles do. Electric vehicles are usually cheaper to run than conventional fuel vehicles because they don’t use petrol (gasoline) or diesel. Running costs are much lower because EVs don’t need to be refuelled or serviced like conventional vehicles. Electric vehicles are also quieter than conventional vehicles and they don’t vibrate or emit fumes and they are cheaper to maintain. There are a number of options available for an electric vehicle, including full-electric, plug-in hybrid and range extending hybrid.

What are the different kinds of EVs?

Full-electric vehicle: These EVs have no internal combustion engine. Instead, they rely entirely on electricity produced by the vehicle itself or by energy supplied from nearby sources. They are consequently classified as zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).

Plug-in hybrid (PHEV): PHEVs have both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The electric motor only powers the car when it is needed, such as when accelerating away from a traffic light or passing another car. PHEVs can charge their batteries using energy generated from braking or by using the engine to recharge. This means that PHEVs can travel further than full-electric vehicles and don’t need to be plugged in to charge the battery.

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Range extending hybrid: Range extending hybrids are a form of PHEV and also have an internal combustion engine. The engine is used only for longer journeys or when maximum performance is required. Range extending hybrids use less fuel and emit fewer pollutants than conventional cars, whilst providing a similar level of performance. 

Environmental impact: EVs vs ICE vehicles:

When you drive an electric vehicle, there are several reasons that contribute to its low environmental impact. However, the main reason is that they don’t produce exhaust. Because they don’t emit pollutants in their exhaust, they need less fuel and therefore have a lower environmental impact than conventional vehicles. Electric cars also have far lower maintenance costs, so they use fewer toxic chemicals in their construction and they also produce less waste. Above all, the electricity required to charge them comes from renewable resources such as wind and solar power. Since this electricity isn’t produced using fossil fuels, there is no greenhouse gas (GHG) emission as a result of EV production.

The manufacture of electric cars can be more environmentally destructive than that of conventional vehicles, yet. It requires a lot of energy to make batteries, which is usually obtained from fossil fuels. Electric vehicles can use recycled or virgin materials to produce their batteries but the process itself is energy intensive and can produce toxic waste. Batteries also contain materials such as lead, which are highly toxic and require special handling.

Managing EVs in your fleet with telematics solutions:

EV’s are the future of the private automobile, so it only makes sense to get ahead of the game by adding a fleet of EVs to your current vehicle fleet. A Fleet Management System powered by telematics is a good way to manage a fleet of EVs. It gives you total control over your fleet and its performance can be monitored from anywhere in real-time. Fleet Management Systems can track and manage both paid and unpaid vehicles in the fleet based on exact location tracking, fuel consumption, maintenance and charging history. Fleet Management Systems also give you access to a wide range of other benefits including real-time tracking of service jobs, notifications for maintenance and repairs in progress, mileage reporting and reminders for different maintenance requirements.

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With the introduction of new technologies in the car industry, there is a rise in the demand of new and innovative products. The introduction of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is one such innovation that has gained popularity. This project is sponsored by HCL, a technology leading Company. HCL with its partners provides excellent mobility solutions to its clients. The Company’s aim is to enhance the lives of people by introducing quality products, services and solutions across geographies. The Company’s success is driven by its ability to innovate, transform and create value for people across the globe. The EV project has been successful and it has been executed successfully by HCL with the help of its Partners.