Is electric conversion sustainable?
Electric vehicles (EV) are considered to be better than Internal combustion engine (ICE) in that they have several advantages, such as:
- Zero emissions: EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions, while ICEs produce harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year (source: epa.gov)
- Renewable energy: As the grid shifts towards renewable energy, EVs can run on clean energy, reducing their environmental impact even further.
- Better fuel efficiency: EVs convert about 60-80% of the electrical energy from the grid to power the vehicle, while ICEs only convert about 15-30% of the energy stored in gasoline to power the wheels.
- Lower operating costs: EVs typically require less maintenance than ICEs and have lower energy costs.
- Quieter: EVs make little noise when in operation, which makes them more pleasant to drive and less disruptive to the environment.
- Better acceleration: Electric motors produce maximum torque from zero RPM, giving EVs instant acceleration and better performance.
Now, let’s be real; emissions are created during both the production of EVs and the distribution of the electricity used to fuel the vehicle. And while batteries play an important role in decarbonization, ignoring their environmental costs will only aggravate them.
As a matter of fact, EV conversion mostly uses used batteries (see batteries section) and has become a virtuous link in the chain of the reuse process until the recycling capacity has grown enough to recycle the installed capacity.
By using used batteries, EV conversions
- Extend their use instead of destroying, storing, or recycling them
- Reduce the environmental and social cost of building new ones
- Support the circular and damaged car economy
Somehow, electric conversion became one, if not the greatest, way to reuse and recycle batteries from salvaged EVs, giving them more time to balance their initial environmental impact.
Fuel2electric encourages any project owner who will consider using used EV components instead of brand new ones and is proud to participate in the modernization of old cars by lowering the environmental impacts of the global battery industry.
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