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Charging an Electric Vehicle with your own power!

Sustainable technology is on the rise! Many countries around the world have begun to encourage the adoption of technologies that improve the environment. One such technology development is the rolling out of electric cars, buses and other forms of transportation. Increasing the amount of sustainable transportation in the world is a great way to reduce emissions and the effect of transporting people and cargo around the globe on the environment as a whole. Many people have begun to follow this trend of electrified vehicle development by purchasing their very own electric car to fulfill their everyday transport needs, in place of polluting combustion engine cars. Of course this is a great way of reducing an individual’s impact on the environment, reducing the carbon emitted from the car itself. However, if the power used to charge the car is sourced from natural gas or coal power plants the emissions are just passed elsewhere, reducing the potential impact of electric vehicle technology.

The solution to this problem is to generate the electricity that is used to power the car without creating emissions. Renewable is a great way to achieve this, exploiting the natural, emission free power source that is the wind, sun and tides. This is great in concept but difficult in practice. The electrical energy most people have access to is sourced from a given country’s electrical grid. At present, a large proportion of the power generated for electrical energy grids is generated from non renewable sources such as natural gas and coal.

These energy sources emit pollution into the environment, particularly carbon dioxide and other warming agents, speeding up the process of global warming. Unfortunately, at the moment, the energy taken from most country’s grids and used in an electric vehicle cannot be considered to emit zero pollutants as pollutants are indirectly emitted to power the car. Energy companies and governments are looking to quickly decarbonise grids to reduce the proportion of electricity generated through polluting sources. This would involve reducing reliance on fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal and swapping them for renewable sources such as wind and solar.