Electric Vehicles As Tools Against Climate Change

Climate change is real and it has caused considerable damage to man and the environment, and will continue to do so in the future if no substantive steps are made.

Climate change’s true terror in the Philippines

According to the Global Climate Risk Index in 2015, the Philippines is the number one most affected country by climate change. While development efforts and geography are also factors that contribute to its high ranking, it’s hard to deny the degree of influence climate change plays here. The Philippines is situated in the western part of the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by naturally warm waters. As our planet continues to heat up, average sea-surface temperatures continue to rise, and the hotter the ocean and air gets, the more frequent and violent the typhoons are. This is exactly what we’ve seen in the Philippines over the last decade, as five of the ten deadliest typhoons made landfall here.

Individual efforts against climate change

While there’s a lot of movements going on globally to fight climate change, it’s always a great thing to make our individual contribution in saving our planet, and one of them is by owning an electric vehicle.

Why electric vehicles matter

Carbon emissions and pollution are an ever-growing threat to nature and society, and electric vehicles minimize those because of its distinct traits versus a conventional car or vehicle.

Electric vehicles have no tailpipe, hence produce zero carbon dioxide emissions, which results in reduced air pollution in the long run. They’re also generally quieter too, which helps reduce noise pollution. Another thing is that it you only need to recharge its batteries at a certain period instead of refueling at a gas station, which saves you cash in the long run.

Only drawback of electric vehicles vs conventional cars in terms of emissions is that constructing the former utilizes more energy than the latter, although it’s worth noting that with the fast advancements of our technology today, manufacturers are bound to find a solution for this.

Electric vehicles are the future

Manufacturers like Tesla popularized the innovation, and more and more mainstream manufacturers that have strong presence in the Philippines are adopting this technology. To date, use of electric vehicles aren’t that popular yet locally because of lack of public charging points and these products aren’t marketed in general, but the likes of Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai already have some electric vehicles in our shores. With the strong value electric vehicles provide, it’s not hard to imagine a future where they electric vehicles populate Philippine roads.