In a world that is constantly striving to find more environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions, the prospect of electric vehicles has not only become an exciting goal, but a very attainable one too. The concept of electric vehicles is simple: It aims to use the energy stored in its rechargeable batteries, which are recharged by common electricity. Unlike a ‘traditional’ car—which is fuelled by petrol and uses a battery and motor to improve efficiency—an electric car is powered solely by electricity. Other than being a healthy alternative for cars, this presents a very healthy solution for the environment, as CO2 emissions are lowered substantially, hence reducing air pollution. The first electric car was designed in 1884, and present tremendously low maintenance and running costs. Electric cars are not only beneficial in reducing air pollution, but noise pollution too, as they are significantly more silent than traditional vehicles.
At Franklin Energy, we provide Electric Vehicle charging points in 11 cities in the United Kingdom. Through our charging points, we aim to lead an electric ‘revolution’. We realise, however, that the younger generation is fundamental to leading this revolution. Thus, we wanted to gauge younger people’s views on electric vehicles, and their thoughts on the solutions, or threats, that it might present in the future. In a survey conducted with a small number of students at Lancaster University, over 90% respondents viewed electric cars as a potential solution to reducing the threat of air pollution, and they also thought that it is a realistic goal.
In an aftermath to the short survey that was conducted, Yoshi, a second year student at Lancaster University, stated that he believes electric cars are more convenient compared to traditional cars. He suggested that the biggest advantage to transport powered by electricity is that it is very environmentally friendly – however, he voiced a concern about the potential high costs it would incur to younger generations. However, he expressed a silent optimism: even though the idea of electric transportation is still in its introductory stages, he hopes and believes that the use of electric cars will increase in the future, and he hopes to be able to afford a such vehicle if it becomes the norm, as he is a big fan of the idea.
Jason, who is also a student at Lancaster University, also expressed optimism. He views the prospect of electric vehicles as very realistic and positive – as long as it is implemented in countries with the adequate infrastructures to support electric cars (such as the United Kingdom). He believes that electric solutions provide environmentally-friendly opportunities, however he showed a concern regarding the potential of low battery life for cars, coupled with a limited number of charging stations available, and high costs. Regardless of these drawbacks, Jason states that the environmental benefits electric vehicles provide would suffice for him to purchase an electric car in the future. Both students, who are 21 and 18 years old respectively, view electric cars as a very positive solution, and they hope that the use of such vehicles will increase. The general concern amongst young people appear to be the higher costs that electric vehicles present when compared to traditional vehicles, which are fuelled by gasoline. Both Yoshi and Jason, however, believe that electric cars are the future – and that even service solutions such as Uber, which is based on peer to peer car sharing, could introduce electric cars. They both said that this would reduce the use of traditional cars even more, which would be even more beneficial.
The prospect of electric vehicles is very exciting for younger generations. As mentioned in this blog entry, there is an ongoing optimism about the positive effects these vehicles will have on the environment in the future. Electric vehicles certainly feed the need younger people feel to protect the planet. However, despite the positives that are presented by electric vehicles, there is a worry that high costs act as a barrier to be able to afford these electric cars. Despite this, however, there is immense excitement and optimism for the future, which will hopefully see a huge rise in the use of electric vehicles.