Environment & Electric mobility: the perfect match
If we have to remind people every day, today, one day before the celebration of #WorldEnvironmentDay, it’s essential: one of the most solid commitments to reduce CO2 emissions and, consequently, to combat climate change, is substituting combustion vehicles with electric vehicles.
I’m not discovering anything new when I say that transportation, as a whole, is one of the most polluting sectors: it accounts for more than a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions according to a study by the European Environment Agency (EEA). That’s why electric mobility and a sustainable mobility model are essential to reduce these emissions.
Continuing research and technological improvement in green energy to definitively banish combustion is the way forward. Manufacturing companies like ours (with the necessary involvement of institutions and organizations) play a crucial role in this mission. Because any innovation we can contribute in battery efficiency and range, in improving design, recharging systems, braking systems, wind resistance… is one more grain of sand to contribute to the achievement of the 0 emissions target.
The Transport & Environment NGO recently published a new study showing that it takes fewer raw materials to manufacture an electric vehicle and during its useful life than an equivalent combustion engine vehicle and that the carbon footprint of electric vehicles is smaller, taking into account the entire life cycle of both technologies, from obtaining the fuel to the final recycling after its useful life.
In addition, European legislation is increasingly mandating an increase in the percentage of electricity production from renewable sources, and improvements in battery recycling, for example, are reducing the need for new raw materials. It’s estimated that by 2035, in Europe, more than one-fifth of the lithium and nickel, and 65% of the cobalt, the metals needed to make a new battery, could come from recycling.
The impact of electric vehicle manufacturing on the environment will therefore be steadily decreasing. Much progress has been made in recent years and there’s no going back. The idea of the need for a paradigm shift in sustainable mobility finally seems to have taken hold. The present and the future of the motor industry is certainly electric and this transition will be quick, before the decade is up, and we’ll keep working and researching to continue making the dream of those of us who believe in it come true. Good news for the planet.
Sergio Martínez Campos
CEO, Hispano Suiza