In 2008, WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) published Plugged-in: The end of the oil age making the case for electric vehicles.
This book aims to demonstrate how automotive electrification can ease the necessary transition towards a transport paradigm which is both highly efficient and compatible with a sustainable renewable energy future.
Vehicles which are capable of receiving electricity from the grid will directly benefit from future emissions reductions and diversification of primary energy sources in the power sector. Thus, over time, grid-connected solutions such as battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles supplemented by sustainable biofuels for longer journeys will grow successively cleaner while the energy system as a whole becomes more secure.
Moreover, the electric powertrain is inherently energy efficient, up to four times more efficient than its mechanical counterpart, and, surprising as it may sound, we need not await the coming renewable energy revolution before expediting electric vehicles. Even based on today's relatively carbon-intensive energy mix, the electrification of automotive transport can deliver an immediate reduction of greenhouse gases, an improvement in urban air quality and noise levels, and significantly lower operating costs.
Some still say EVs are too early, but we have all it takes to make the transition, and we probably need it!Log in to post comments