Should More People Buy Electric Cars?


Ethan Y.

Tesla, a popular brand for electric cars can be proven to have both good and bad sides to it.

Electric cars are becoming more popular by the month and becoming more familiar on the road. But many people wonder if the switch to electric is really worth it and if electric cars are better for the environment. If e-cars can really help reduce climate change and make the air quality better, then maybe the switch is worth it.

Tesla is the most popular brand for electric cars and almost the most expensive. Government officials say that going electric is a great change for the climate. E-cars don’t emit unhealthy greenhouse gases along with harmful nitrogen oxide. These cars also take fossil fuels as energy and not gas which means owning an e-car is cheaper and saves more money.

Tesla prices range from $35,000 to an astonishing price of $124,000. The price is extremely high, and most people can’t afford these cars, but others argue that e-cars are more cost-effective and will save more money. The cars don’t need gas, so the money for gas is saved for other uses. Some places or stores have special charging stations next to parking spots so that cars can charge while the owner is in the place or store. Most stations cost $2-$4 to fully charge an electric car compared to a conventional car, which costs about $40-$50 to fill up.

The main fuel for e-cars is fossil fuels, which pose a problem for regions that rely on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels do show a problem when it comes to an overuse of them. Fossil fuels include coal, oil, and natural gases. Since many countries like Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudia Arabia rely on fossil fuels for their primary energy source, electric cars will just make the environment more polluted. The process of extracting and burning fossil fuels emits smoke into the air, which makes the air more polluted. The constant need for fossil fuels is still polluting the environment.

When the batteries of e-cars are disposed of, then that also creates pollution. If the batteries are disposed of frequently, then the environment will become more polluted. Most e-car batteries only last about eight years, with 100,000 miles to use. As a result, disposing of these batteries will be frequent.

The process of manufacturing these cars are a problem too. Manufacturers are overproducing these cars, and there are not enough people interested in buying them. “Manufacturing an electric vehicle today is more energy-intensive than manufacturing a conventionally fueled car,” Yoann Le Petit, an e-mobility expert, explained. 

Electric cars can benefit the environment in some cases, but they might ruin the environment in other words. These cars can make or break the environment.