In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, every industry across the globe seems to be receiving the most significant blows and recession of its life. But this can’t be said about the renewable energy industry in America. According to a study done by the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, renewable energy makes a large percentage of America’s power production than coal. In the entire month of April, renewable energy sources such as wind, hydroelectric power, and solar have produced more electricity than coal, leading to a decline in market demand for coal. This decline in coal power production can also be closely associated with a reduction in energy consumption from the national grid as a result of coronavirus lockdown. The study also shows that the renewable energy industry will grow exponentially, as it offers low operating coast as compared to its coal counterparts.
So, how does this relate to electric vehicles?
The rise of the renewable energy industry and the decline of coal production for power is very much related to the concept of electric cars. This is because having to supply the national grid with renewable energy will translate to a more emission-efficient process of charging the electric vehicles, which is more reliable and efficient than the extracting and refining process of the fuel industry. In the long run, this will translate to cleaner energy and operation of electric vehicles as they will not be producing any carbon emissions in the driving process, nor the charging process.
It is also undeniable to note that during the initial manufacturing process of electric vehicles, there are a lot of sweer emissions, especially on electric vehicles with large battery packs like Tesla. However, with a renewable energy source such as wind, hydroelectric power, and solar, we can continue to add zero-emission and efficient energy into the national power grid, which will counter the substantial emissions during the initial production process of electric cars.
With renewable energy source options such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, and nuclear, we have the technology and capacity to revamp our national grids to zero-emissions energy and empower the electric cars industry. This will translate to cleaner energy for our daily use and, more importantly, to the transport sector (which is attributed to 40% of global carbon emission), where the only emission liability will be at the initial manufacturing process. As more coal plants shut down and more renewables get added to national grids, emissions relating to electric vehicles get cleaner, hence striving to a greener and safer environment.