Getting from point A to point B is something we do all the time. Traveling from our home to the grocery store, our place of work to lunch, our country to another, or any other commute or trip. Each vehicle we use to get there has a different impact on the planet.
Currently, producing any type of vehicle generates emissions in the factory. Yet once that vehicle is on the road, some create a lot more additional emissions than others. The method of transportation you choose has a real impact on this place we call home. Here are 5 of the best low or no emissions vehicle types available today.
A typical gas-powered car emits 4.6 metric tons of CO2 each year just by driving around. Yet driving an electric car creates no additional direct greenhouse gasses. The electricity and battery cleanly power the car. However, the production of the electricity that you use to charge your car likely does create emissions.
The amount will differ where you are, yet electric car emissions tend to be around 1/3 lower than gasoline counterparts. Global best-selling electric models include the Tesla Model 3 and the Wuling Mini EV.
Similarly, electric buses have a smaller impact. In fact, buses create even less per person because while a car can fit about five people, buses can fit an impressive 40 to 80 people.
Because of this increased person-to-emissions ratio, even gas-powered buses have substantially lower emissions than cars.
While busses hold an impressive 40 to 80 people, trains can carry upwards of 500 people at a time. Trains are especially great options because regardless of how many people are on the train, it’s going from point A to point B. By riding on one, your additional impact is minuscule. Compared to a car that will only go if you drive it, public transportation options tend to be much better for the Earth.
While a little bit slower than other vehicles, electric motorcycles are gaining in popularity around the world, not only do they create no emissions on the road by being electric, but they’re a lot of fun to ride as well.
Hybrid cars (Low Emissions)
If you need a passenger vehicle and choosing electric isn’t possible for you, hybrid cars are low emissions alternatives to consider. These combine the clean and efficient energy that electric motors have, along with the convenience and familiarity of an internal combustion engine. Hybrids create up to 46% less harmful emissions than regular vehicles. Around 1997, the most popular and widely known hybrid was the Toyota Prius.
- There is no such thing as a zero-emission vehicle (yet) because of manufacturing and electricity sources. However, choosing a low-emission vehicle makes an impactful difference.
- Regardless of your location or circumstances, there are dozens of low-emission vehicle options you can take.
- When looking for a vehicle, consider public transportation for the lowest per-person emissions, especially if you live in a big city with many options.