- Electric cars produce zero CO2 emissions when running; they don't emit nitrous oxide or other particle emissions either. As Think! likes to point out - they are not counting grammes coming out of their tail pipes... their cars don't even have tailpipes! Regular fossil-fuelled road transportation is widely cited as being responsible for around a fifth of all global greenhouse gas emissions.
- A full tank of fuel, namely a fully charged battery, will cost little more than a pint of milk.
Many electric car designers e.g. Stevens are looking at the full life cycle of design and manufacture and its impact on the environment. So they ensure that not only are their cars highly recyclable, they're also often actually made from recycled material.
Energy Efficiency -
The trouble with conventional combustion engines (i.e. petrol, diesel, veg oil, etc.) is that they're horribly in-efficient - as much as 80% of the energy produced when the oil is burned is lost as heat! That means for every pound worth of fuel you use, you're throwing away 80p of it! Sure there is still loss in an electrical engine too - but it’s more like 10 or maximum 20%. Given this one single fact it actually seems pretty amazing that electric cars lost out to oil based engines all those years ago.
Electric cars are quiet, very quiet. In fact in Japan, they needed to introduce artificial noises to ensure those with visual impairments can hear the cars.