Electric Cars vs. Gas Cars

Electric Cars vs. Gas Cars

Jeffrey Grant, Author

As of 2023, many people say that electric vehicles are better for the environment because they don’t use oils or fossil fuels, but is what they claim true?

Gas cars are vehicles that run on gasoline that usually have combustion engines, and an electric car is run off of only electricity with no combustion engine, it usually has a large battery instead. Gas-powered vehicles seem to be the worst vehicles in the world because of the tailpipe emissions and because they use fossil fuels. Gas-powered vehicles also contribute to the toxic waste issue by the leftover oil, fluids, and other toxic waste, which are non-biodegradable.

But, the question is, are electric cars that much better for the environment? Well, some resources say that some of the emissions that come from electric vehicles are made at the very beginning of the building process and the charging process. Also, most of the charging stations around the world rely on whatever your power grid runs on, which mostly uses fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas depending on where you live. Also, according to other sites, the magnets used in the motors of these electric vehicles to make them faster, use rare earth materials. The battery after use are all 100% recycled and none of them go into the landfills.

So, while gas vehicles seem to be the worst for the environment, are gas cars worse, there is one driving factor for me, and that is what the batteries are made of. The batteries in electric cars are made of mostly lithium, manganese, cobalt, graphite, steel, and nickel which aren’t renewable materials. So, are electric cars better than gas cars, the answer is yes, but not by too much.