Thinking of solving the problem of global warming with electric cars is really not very intelligent.
How do we produce the electricity needed to power the batteries? Not necessarily or exclusively with solar panels or wind energy, which are also polluting for their characteristics.
The power plants that also provide electricity to recharge the batteries of electric cars are still powered by coal, gas, hydrocarbons or nuclear energy.
How much do they pollute?
How much do they contribute to global warming?
How pollution is generated
How much pollution is generated by the production and disposal of batteries? The toxicity produced by this disposal kills much more than any other polluting factor.
About 40 years ago, hydrogen was thought of as an alternative solution to hydrocarbons, but the industrialization process was – who knows for what strange reason – abandoned.
Now Ford, Toyota, Fiat/Stellantis are trying to take action. But it takes 30 years to industrialize a production process and make it a commonly used good.
The only real alternative to hydrocarbons, for the moment, remains solely the production of BIO-fuels such as bio-methane and bio-diesel derived from organic waste and extraction from plants.
There are many other green solutions that the scientific world has offered and proposed to the energy industry but, unfortunately, even if incredibly effective and efficient, they have never been taken into consideration.
The entire fleet of cars in circulation is increasingly older since we prefer to invest in used and regenerated cars, rather than purchasing purely electric vehicles. Added to this is the scam of Hybrid cars, which have an internal combustion engine and use a small electric motor with relative battery pack for a very short driving range.
These solutions cause further weight of the vehicle and an increase in use and maintenance costs.
Around 80% of world population lives in big cities. This means that to significantly reduce pollution and the degree of warming, a lot should be invested in urban mobility: Efficient Under and Over ground public transport on rails, cycle paths, pedestrian lanes can certainly make the difference in cities poisoned by car traffic.
The car must and can remain an autonomous means of transport that must fill in where public transport cannot guarantee sufficiently short travel times. For the rest, urban mobility must be totally replaced by alternative, public and easy-to-use mobility. We cannot think of once again clogging up cities with electric vehicles instead of providing efficient public transport and tree-lined preferential traffic lanes that reduce pollution and environmental warming.
From dependence on oil (OPEC), we have moved on to dependence on microchips (China), but the problem has remained, and has actually gotten worse. The world will continue to be polluted and warmed up.
Do we really think we can save the world and global warming with electric cars?
Will the current governments be able to truly do something useful for humanity or will we continue to sail by sight without a concrete objective and a development strategy that brings tangible results for future generations?