Missouri S&T’s Peer to Peer


Ashley Schmid


Electric cars have the reputation as a possible solution to many modern environmental and economic issues. Electric motors have been an interest of many inventors since the 1830s, but fully electric vehicles were not prevalent until 2008 when Tesla Motors released the Roadster. The looming energy crisis is one of the main motivations for the advancement in renewable and alternative fuel technologies, but since the early 60s, it has been the environmental lobby that has been pushing for this change. The environment suffers from industrialized nations as the amount of greenhouse gas emissions reach new heights every year. Filtration systems and other air detoxifying routes are being explored, but a major reduction in greenhouse gas production will make the most significant climate difference. Fully electric vehicles claim to have zero tailpipe emissions, but that doesn’t account for the emissions produced from the energy production used to charge those vehicles. This study evaluates the environmental impact of electric vehicles and the economic policy that is encouraging greater use of this technology.