by admin
January 31, 2018
Car care

How Hybrid and Electric Cars Reduce Harmful Emissions

Did you know that relatively clean electric, hybrid, and hydrogen-fueled cars already existed before gasoline-powered vehicles started ruling the roost? The first hydrogen-and-oxygen-powered car dates back to 1807, but proper work didn’t begin until 1970, with the passing of the Clean Air Act, which led to the gradual elimination of leaded gas, catalytic conversion technology, fuel injection, better fuel economy, and cleaner diesel.

Hybrid and electric cars are desperately needed!

The problem with gasoline-powered cars is they emit hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen, sulfur, and other contaminants which pollute the air we breathe in and lead to a host of health issues. That is why vehicle manufacturers are focusing more on creating cleaner vehicles in the form of electric and hybrid cars. There are talks of ultimately eliminating gasoline-powered vehicles in a few decades.

How can using these cars help?

Hybrid and electric vehicles typically generate lower tailpipe emissions than conventional vehicles do. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), driving a car is the single most polluting thing that most of us do. Therefore, reducing vehicle emissions should be near the top of the green agenda. These contaminants are not only polluting the air and causing health problems but are affecting significant climate change as well. The more we can do to reduce the amount of emissions, the more we can reduce drastic climate changes, pollution, etc. One of the main ways of reducing carbon dioxide is for every individual to look at their own carbon footprint and identify ways of reducing this. The lowering of car emissions, for most people, is a way that a noticeable reduction in their own carbon footprint can be made.

Reduced emissions for a healthier environment

 The reason hybrid cars emit less contaminants is because of their improved fuel economy and the electric-only mode. Other emissions are also reduced as the engine loading is better managed than is the case in conventional petrol and diesel cars. When it comes to electric vehicles that operate solely on electricity, there are zero tailpipe emissions, but they might be produced by the source of electrical power like a power plant. In geographic areas that use relatively low-polluting energy sources for electricity generation, these vehicles have well-to-wheel emissions advantage over similar conventional vehicles running on gasoline or diesel.

Using electric and hybrid vehicles not only mean a reduction in emissions, but it also ensures your car is incorporated with the latest technology and safety devices.