The country probably hit top sales of gas-burning cars in 2017. For the next two years, car sales fell and then plummeted after Covid. Except electric cars. They are the only growth market in the world of car sales. Lots of reports suggest that electric cars will overtake the sales of gasoline cars completely by the 2030s, and that by the 2040s, the vast majority of cars on the road will be electric cars.
And for us avid outdoor enthusiasts, electric cars have come into the picture as viable alternatives to adventure vehicles with the release of the Rivians, the new Ford Lightning F-150, the new VW ID.Buzz, the Hummer and more. But electric cars are unbelievably heavy vehicles and cause them to consume more energy than a gas-burning truck does.
The folks at The Drive put together a pretty well-researched article that looked at how EV trucks match their gas-burning truck cousins. How long should you e.g. run in a Rivian compared to a Ram 1500 before the zero-emission Rivian overtakes the Ram in terms of total carbon production?
Now, lots of CO2 emission data will largely depend on where you live and the energy matrix that makes up your grid. For example, California’s energy network is far cleaner than, say, a state that burns lots of fossil fuels for electricity. Another thing that is crucial to point out here is that this is not a comparison between super efficient electric cars and gas cars, but electric cars. trucks and gas cars.
The lesson you are left with after reading the piece is that if you want to run out of buying a Rivian to save some carbon emissions today, you might as well find a gas-burning Toyota Corolla or something, and make it your adventure rich – for now. Technology will of course make the batteries more efficient, the scale will mean that it will be easier and more efficient to make electric cars, and we are in the phase where we see the future, we just have to remove the cracks to get there. Zero-emission cars are clearly the future, and had they also been a thing of the past, we would all be in a much better position.
Read it all, right here.