Environmental Feasibility of Automotive Green Engineering

in Project HOPE2 months ago

Greetings dear readers, on this occasion I will socialize some points of view related to the environmental functionality of electric vehicles, basically the thematic approaches to be developed arose from the following concerns; Why has automotive ecological engineering not been successful, if the development of electric vehicles is based on environmental strategies, why have they not been so receptive?.

Historically, the automotive sector has been classified as one of the most polluting sectors of the environment worldwide. This is due to the fact that vehicles represent a major source of air pollution, essentially because they emit high levels of toxic gas discharges into the urban ecosystems of the world's major cities. For this reason, the automotive industry has developed ecological alternatives over the last two decades, with the firm purpose of confronting this environmental problem.

Fig. 2 The avenues of the world's main metropolises represent the spaces with the greatest amount of toxic gases emitted by conventional vehicles. Image of public domain, Author: Free-P, 2014

However, it is important to note that among the ecological alternatives presented so far, the most relevant are the electric vehicles, whose models according to the manufacturers have been designed under environmentalist principles, this because, do not use fuel burning as an energy resource, and on the contrary work by using electrical sources.

Fig. 3 Electric vehicles do not emit polluting gases into the environment. Image of public domain, Author: Mmurphy, 2015

However, even though the incorporation of electric vehicles is seen as an acceptable alternative, which seeks to counteract the emission of greenhouse gases, to date there is much uncertainty about whether this type of ecological automotive engineering is really the best environmental option, because, according to the arguments of experts in ecological matters, in order to mass produce electric vehicles, a lot of energy is required for their manufacturing processes, and in addition their batteries are recharged with electricity that has been partially generated from fossil fuels.

In this sense, the two unfavorable elements described in the previous paragraph, put in doubt the ecological functionality of these automotive devices, however, the expert Anders Nordelöf, researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, considers that "it is time to stop discussing whether electric vehicles, are good or bad", because according to his point of view, both the industry, authorities, politicians and environmental experts, should start working together to make these vehicles as ecological as possible.

Fig. 4 One of the problems facing ecological automotive engineering is battery charging using conventional electrical sources. Image of public domain, Author: Rostichep, 2015

To conclude, faced with this somewhat dissonant situation, which has prevented the success of ecological automotive engineering, and understanding that electric vehicles have great potential for environmental protection, it is necessary to rethink new methods of reliable mass production, in addition to creating strategies for recharging batteries from clean sources such as solar or wind, this in the quest to generate the lowest possible emissions of carbon dioxide during manufacture, and also in its subsequent use as alternative vehicles.


[1] Nordelöf A., Messagie M., Tillman A., Söderman M., and Van J. Environmental impacts of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles—what can we learn from life cycle assessment?. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 2014; 19: 1866–1890. Article: Online access

[2] Held M., and Baumann M. Assessment of the Environmental Impacts of Electric Vehicle Concepts. 2011. Article: Online access

[3] Buekers J., Holderbeke M., Bierkens J., and Panis L. Health and environmental benefits related to electric vehicle introduction in EU countries. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 2014: 33: 26-38. Article: Online access


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Hello @lupafilotaxia 😊

It was really great learning about the feasibility of environmental feasibility of automotive Green Engineering and I must say you actually nailed this content!

However, it is important to note that among the ecological alternatives presented so far, the most relevant are the electric vehicles, whose models according to the manufacturers have been designed under environmentalist principles, this because, do not use fuel burning as an energy resource, and on the contrary work by using electrical sources.

It's also great to note that most developing countries are now delving into electric cars and they are doing away with the use of fuel powered engine cars which releases more pollution to the environment.

My country also launched their first electric car production recently and it's really great this seems to be the new trend when it comes to automobile transportation.

Thanks for sharing this great post with love from @hardaeborla and I hope you have a great day ahead 💕❤️💓

Hi @hardaeborla

First of all, thank you for your good wishes, in fact it will be great to see that this new trend of vehicles is realized in time, we hope that the design details are solved, so that this type of technology causes the least impact on the environment. Blessings for you and yours.

Thanks for the lovely reply 💓❤️❤️

Hello @lupafilotaxia, interesting topic, very contextualised.
There is another great detail in these cars, is its high cost compared to those that use fossil fuel.
Of course, surely if you reach a large mass production, the costs should decrease, but if I see it as a good option for reducing greenhouse gases.

Greetings friend @josevas217.

One of the main problems with this type of electric vehicle is precisely related to the issue of mass production, since it is estimated that it generates enormous amounts of materials that are equally or more polluting than those used in conventional vehicles.

Hello. Just as @josevas217 and @gbenga said I think that the main problem with this not being a popular option is because the prizes are unbelievably high. Also, this type of technology is not widely spread in the world, specially on underdeveloped countries. I really hope they find a way to make these cars in the most ecological way and of course more accesible.

Hi @clacrax.

At the moment, it is not an economic option for the popular sectors, and its environmental viability still does not generate confidence. Thank you for leaving your comment.

Greetings friend @lupafilotaxia.
Actually an interesting and important topic that you share with us in this opportunity, in spite of the high costs of this type of vehicles I know that in a very short term they should be the solution to the greenhouse effect and in this way become an essential alternative in favor of our precious environment.
Thank you for sharing such excellent content with all of us. Success and blessings to you and your family.

Greetings friend @rbalzan79

That's right, this type of green technologies are a viable solution to the greenhouse effect. Thanks to you for leaving your positive appreciation, warm greetings, we continue reading.

I like the fact that this particular innovation is to solve a major problem bothering the human ecosystem. In Africa, scinece has discovered that the excessive heat is as a result of the intense depliting of the zone layer which in some ways has reple effect on the human health.

Though this is an awesome innovation, am still not convinced with the durability of the battery.

But if the idea of charging the device with solar or wind is for real then it an awesome innovation to be celebrated.

Thanks for sharing this knowledge

Hi @eldecor

Precisely its environmental viability, is very doubtful due to the type of consumption that is generated to charge the batteries that until now have been designed for the current versions of these electric vehicles, without a doubt, this is a key point that must be improved.

Innovations and inventions get ruined when usability, sustainability and dependency is not guaranteed.

I trust that as adequate consideration will be given to that part of this device.

Thanks for replying my comment.

Indeed a nice article buddy, the availability of electrical vehicles will do a lot of good to the environment but the high cost price remains a great issue as a lot of people are currently unable to afford it, with time however, it is hoped that there will be a better saturation and a reduced price which will in turn serve a great benefit to the environment.

Right @gbenga, the price has also been a determining factor that has prevented a greater acceptance of this type of ecological technologies, thanks for your kind visit.

Greetings friend @lupafilotaxia. It is really important that the electric vehicles are incorporated in mass, there is no doubt that they are more ecological. I would add to the list of things to solve the speed of charging the battery, for all of us it is easy to stop for 5 minutes at a service station, fill up with gas and follow the trip, with an electric car you have to stop for several hours, that can be a limitation for many.

Greetings dear friend @emiliomoron.

Certainly, for electric vehicles to have acceptability in the current context, some things need to be improved, among these the charging time is one of them. Thanks for visiting.

You're right this is the kind of technology we need in the world right now.

That's right, the world is crying out to us for the implementation of environmentally friendly technologies, unfortunately we are going a bit slow, however, to have such vehicles at this point is already a good start.

Electric car is much better than the petrol or diesel based car. its environmental friendly. it's not a emitting gases like those. The problem you have just specified that it need to be charged from the conventional electrics sources. We can solve this problem by using solar energy in electric car then I think it would be very nice

That's right, ways to recharge batteries without so much dependence on conventional sources must be rethought. Greetings @engrsayful thank you for leaving your appreciation and positive feedback.

very interesting greetings this content, dinde nis shows the importance of pollution-free technology and the essence of automotive engineering to achieve success with the environmental, free from the consumption of polluting fossil fuels.

Greetings friend @newton666, correct the idea is to add concerns in the search, to generate new methods for the development of electric vehicles, tending to displace the use of polluting sources

In the case of electric vehicles, we must think about the following:

It may be that electric vehicles are not pollutants, however, as they need electric energy we should ask ourselves: What percentage of the energy derived from fossil fuels has a degree of contribution to electricity generation worldwide?

The question is necessary because if the electric vehicle does not pollute, thermoelectric power will end up doing so, which I still believe represents a high percentage in the generation of global electricity.

Thank you my dear professor @lupafilotaxia for sharing this kind of content that leaves many points for discussion.

Right, precisely that analysis you make, are some of the reasons why, electric vehicles have not been so successful in their mass adoption, it is expected the development of new strategies to reduce the use of conventional energy. Greetings dear friend @carlos84.