You’d be shocked to find that cars release approximately 333 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere annually (Environmental Defense Fund).
Sadly, this is the just a portion of the truth that many of us experience today.
Car “exhaust” alone is held accountable for 20 percent of carbon dioxide released on a global scale into the atmosphere according to the EDF. When identifying its result and effect on climate change, one may conclude that the only way to reduce this figure is to walk or ride your bicycle to and from your destination. There has always been belief by many that undiscovered modes of clean transportation exist. Looking at our history, mankind has in the past and continues to implement modes of transportation that release the lowest amount of emissions possible. Their efforts and success can be seen in the modern automotive industry today for instance. The generations of the Toyota Prius out on the road today that debuted in the year of 2000 for example, releases just over a thousand kilograms of CO2 less than [4 thousand kilograms of emissions each year per car] a regular gasoline vehicle.
By the introduction of cleaner emission emitting vehicle structures, the amount of carbon dioxide released today compared to the past has been declining gradually at a little step at a time.
“Going green” has always been the main slogan and concept for producers of hybrid vehicles. As a simple reminder, hybrids are vehicles that run on rechargeable batteries and a minor amount of gasoline. These vehicles produce much less emissions than regular gasoline powered vehicles. The automotive industry has always been preparing for climate change since the earlier periods.
In the early 1900s, the earlier hybrid vehicles such as the Porsche did not last due to its shortened battery life. The good news is that the batteries used in hybrids today lasts a greater amount of time and the new hybrid itself depreciates at a similar rate that regular gasoline cars do. Convincing consumers to choose hybrid technology over gasoline powered vehicles has always been a struggle, a struggle that had originated from the very beginning.
Hybrids can be a big breakthrough in the voyage to find clean and reliable automobiles. Automotive companies have already started a few years ago to market these special types of vehicles in an appealing manner to consumers.
CEO of Renault and Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, recognized the impact gasoline vehicles have on climate change and expressed his view on it publicly:
“We must have zero-emission vehicles. Nothing else will prevent the world from exploding”
Personally I believe that hybrid cars are one of the biggest steps or advancement we can take to guarantee an immaculate environment. Sadly this thought rarely exists in the minds of most manufacturers and consumers of environmentally friendly vehicles. However, the good news is that these thoughts can be viewed as temporary. Since the knowledge about climate change has been increasing over time, the demand for these types of vehicles has also been increasing which leads to more accessibility and production of these hybrid types. Pretty soon even performance intended automakers such as Subaru and Mitsubishi will join the market for hybrids and contribute to the cause.
An ‘electrifying rediscovery’
It is really amazing how just after a few years from Carlos Ghosn’s statement, Nissan presented an ultimate solution. The automaker introduced a 100 percent full electric vehicle in 2010, the Nissan Leaf, which appealed to everyone. As the name “Leaf” itself, it really is an environmentally friendly vehicle. It had been appealing enough to win the 2011 world car of the year award. Even though a full electric car had existed in the past, the car quickly died out because of its lack of performance and inability to satisfy consumer demands (distance allowed to travel).
The car has no exhaust/tailpipe and requires not a single bit of gas to operate which means zero emissions. One could say that the Leaf was the origin or starting point for all the full electric vehicles on the market today.
Nissan claims on its website that “it is the car of the future”. Deriving from this statement, there are electric cars are available from Honda, Infinity, Nissan, Toyota, Tesla Motors, Ford, and Chevrolet on the road today. According to Pike research, “More than 4.7 million charging stations are expected to be installed in North America by the time the number of electric cars on the roads exceeds the 3 million mark”. More detail of the technology and design of electric automobile charging stations can be found here. From commercial vehicles in Australia to public taxis in China, the world has been slowly increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road.
Thanks to Nissan for the jump start in the market for zero emission vehicles and for making it purely with the environment in mind. All consumers have to do are to consider hybrids as an alternative to gasoline powered vehicles.
Automotive industry and climate change
This is the future of the automotive industry. Originating from one regular gasoline vehicle that emits 5.1 thousand kilograms of CO2 per year, to a hybrid vehicle which emits 4.0 thousand kilograms of CO2 per year, and finally to the electric vehicle which produces zero emissions. The automotive industry has vastly improved to help fight climate change one step at a time. it is surprising to find that only 3 percent of all cars on the road are hybrid. The improvements will only advance from here. J.D. Power and Associates expects the amount of hybrid cars on the road to triple by year 2015. The industry has been also improving this figure by skillfully recognizing the importance of climate change and the effect it has on humans.
Automotive companies like Nissan have given us the opportunity to take part in the solution. Switching to hybrids and full electrics will significantly improve the world’s carbon emissions. It is up to us as consumers to support zero emission vehicles and to reduce the effect humans have on climate change.