Are Electric Cars the Future?

Are Electric Cars the Future?

John Montana, Writer

Electric cars are slowly taking over the world, Tesla was first founded by Elon Musk in 2003. The car started to be made in 2008 but it wasn’t until 2013 when their company blew up in Tesla sales. The New York Times states “Automakers are now shifting to electric vehicles, which could make up one-quarter of new sales by 2035, analysts project” With this being said the shift to fully electric is approaching and Discovery Magazine state that “General Motors plans to spend $35 billion by 2025 on 30 new electric models and says it will stop selling combustion-engine vehicles by 2035” 

Now most people think that electric cars are better for the environment but that isn’t true according to US News “Electric vehicles become even less environmentally friendly when factoring in the harmful effects of mining for the rare metals, like the lithium necessary for the vehicles’ batteries, and of disposing or recycling (which still creates emissions) those batteries at the end of their lives” And other big companies like New York Times state that “The lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones and other gadgets can be an environmental and safety hazard. (Fires at recycling centers are a problem.) Electric cars have really big lithium-ion batteries”  So are they really safer for the environment after all is the big question. 

Kia put out saying “Compared to conventional gasoline vehicles, electric cars are better in light of energy efficiency, performance, convenience, maintenance, and tax credits. They are also greener with much lower emissions.” But CNBC argues that “Producing electric vehicles leads to significantly more emissions than producing petrol cars … which is mostly from the battery production”.

With all being said there is still a huge shift in wanting to go from gas to electric by 2035 but more research needs to be done to make it a reality in a few years to come.