We don’t just need electric cars, we need fewer cars. With the cost of electric vehicles set to plummet over the next decade, many car firms now admit that the future is an electric one. But will this be enough? Shouldn’t we also be asking ourselves if we need so many cars in the first place? If we could flick a switch and turn every fossil fuelled car into an electric one, lungs across the planet would breathe a sigh of relief as toxic emissions dropped (as long as the electricity used was from clean energy sources). But this wouldn’t address the problem of just how wasteful a car dominated transport system is. In 2016, more than 72 million new cars hit the road. Manufacturing such a giant quantity of vehicles year on year uses vast quantities of steel, aluminium, copper, glass, rubber, and other raw materials. It’s a great environmental cost, considering the majority of these vehicles sit idle 95% of the time.
Greenpeace 25th Jan 2018 read more »