There is a lot of misinformation out there that has many people asking themselves:
- Are electric cars better for the environment?
- Do we have enough information to measure an electric car’s environmental impact?
- What really are an electric car’s environmental benefits?
An electric vehicle can help you reduce your carbon footprint in a variety of ways. They don’t cause air pollution, have fewer maintenance costs, and electric motors have been proven to be more efficient than the internal combustion variety. If you want to do all you can do to reduce your impact on the Earth, we have compiled a list of the five best electric cars for the environment.
This BMW hatchback lets you do your part to save the world and can get you up to an EPA-estimated 200 miles of electric range. It’s also quick-charging, able to get an 80% charge in 40 minutes at a public charger. In addition to having zero emissions, this vehicle is designed with eco-friendly materials such as renewable wood, recycled plastics and sustainable fibers such as Kenaf, a type of hemp. It also features a lightweight, aerodynamic design that reduces energy used.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has earned a spot on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) list of Greenest Vehicles of 2020. In addition to using recycled or ecologically-sensitive materials such as bio metallic paint and bio fabric on the interior and exterior, it also has zero emissions. Plus, the energy stored up when you brake is used to provide some power for the car, meaning less energy usage.
MINI Cooper SE Electric
MINI ensured that test drives for the 2020 media introduction to the MINI Cooper SE Electric were 100% green and the entire event was CO2 neutral. Additionally, this electric MINI car has a smaller battery and uses less energy by powering its heating system with heat stored from the battery, brakes, and wheels. Also, like the quick-charging BMW i3, the MINI Cooper SE can reach 80% of total charge within 35 minutes.
Nissan is working toward its “dream of building a truly sustainable and mobile society” through the Nissan Green Program. The Nissan LEAF is a zero-emissions vehicle burning no gas which means no tailpipe emissions. Plus, the bumpers in the Nissan LEAF use recycled resins, and, according to Fleet Carma, “almost 25 percent of the Nissan Leaf is manufactured from recycled materials.”
Hyundai Kona Electric
This electric Hyundai SUV is another great car for the environment because it produces zero tailpipe emissions. It also has two eco-friendly drive modes to make it even more energy-efficient while driving. Like other electric cars on this list, the Kona EV can achieve 80% full charge in under an hour at DC fast charging stations, meaning less time spent drawing on electricity that may not come from fully renewable energy sources in your area.