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Are Electric Cars as Good as They Seem?

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Electric cars have definitely taken the spotlight as we approach a global transformation in transportation, grabbing the interest of drivers who care about the environment. However, before we fully embrace the electric future, let’s take a moment to reflect on why cars powered by gas have remained the dominant force on our roads for so long. 

There are many reasons why gasoline-powered cars continue to be popular and we will highlight the benefits they have over electric ones, including the freedom and performance that have kept us in love with gasoline-powered vehicles for more than a century. 

First, we’ll take a look at what the gas car has to offer. To start off, it’s easier to fill a gas tank and find a gas station than to charge an electric vehicle and find a charging point. These cars have a better driving range convenient for long-haul road trips. 

Also, gas vehicles are more established, making them easy to find with more options to choose from than electric cars. However, they can sometimes be more expensive to purchase. 

On the other hand, we have the new electric cars. They are environment friendly since they do not emit any pollutants. They have lower maintenance and you save a ton of money on gas. 

Although they seem like the best option, the materials for making the car need to be mined and the process of mining them creates a bunch of greenhouse gasses. According to “Young People’s Trust For the Environment,” the amount of CO2 released when making a petrol/diesel car is the same as an electric car which is 7-10 tons. 

Collecting some of the materials needed for these cars can be dangerous, for example, cobalt is used and it is highly toxic to humans and the miners that collect it. Not only are the materials used harmful to the environment but there is a question whether there will be enough to supply everyone. 

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Asmir Pajazetovic, reporter
Asmir Pajazetovic is senior at Mehlville. He loves reading and talking about sports, specifically soccer. He also has a passion for cars.

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