The Rise of Electric Cars

Electric cars pave the way for the future

Electric Cars Fueling the Conversation 

 Range Anxiety continues to push consumers away from electric cars  

What if you can drive to work and save the planet at the same time? Electric cars are fueling up the conversation on whether paying the big bucks is worth it. 

Electric cars have been known for driving shorter distances than oil-driven cars because at one point they were new to the market. But over the span of years, Tesla innovated both the image and power of electric cars. 

The electric cars’ recent surge in popularity comes from many factors such as the fortification against climate change, reducing one’s carbon footprint, and saving money over time. 

Former Congressman, Dr. Tim Eustace, an expert in New Jersey’s fuel economy and advocate on environmental issues said, “There’s no reason not to have an electric car at this point.” 

Charging Stations are being put all over for specific electric vehicle parking spots.

Consumers in several states have not adapted into purchasing environmentally friendly cars because of range anxiety. According to EVAdoption, in 2018 rural area states such as Wyoming, Alaska, North and South Dakota all ranked in the bottom five. These states also rank bottom in population density. 

Eustace, who owns three electric cars, claims range anxiety is not an issue to consider when buying an electric car. “It’s just like a car with gas. You watch the gauge. Most people don’t drive more than twenty-five miles a day. Most people don’t leave their local area.” 

Dr.Tim Eustace, driving his Tesla

“Every car qualifies for the twenty-five miles.”

Dr.Tim Eustace

The New Jersey Energy Master Plan Alternative Fuels Work Group introduced a new bill that identified the development, installation, and maintenance of the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

The current number of charging stations in North Jersey in the top most populated towns of each county.

According to TapInto, “New Law Encourages NJ Towns to Plan for Electric Car Charging Stations,” Planning for and developing this infrastructure can help create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our reliance on foreign fuels.

The new electric infrastructure bill encourages drivers to purchase an electric car and not worry about the lack of charging stations.   

Dr. Marylou Naumoff, a communications professor at Montclair State, is an avid environmentalist.

“If there was more of a demand for hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles the auto industry would respond by creating more of those types of vehicles and the cost would go down for everyone.”

Dr.Marylou Naumoff

Range anxiety brings some concerns to the table when purchasing electric cars but consumers like Dr. Marylou Naumoff, Assistant Professor at Montclair State University outweigh the disadvantages. 

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a long-term forecast of 56 million car purchases will be for electric vehicles by 2040. 

Electric cars have slowly risen since 2011 in New Jersey, and took off in 2017.

Electric cars are the automotive industry’s answer to climate change. More companies that traditionally sell gasoline cars are giving their consumers the option to buy an electric car. With Chevrolet offering the Volt and Toyota offering the Prius, the environmentally-conscious consumer can now get behind the wheel without creating harmful carbon emissions. 

According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, ” All-electric vehicles produce zero direct emissions, which specifically helps improve air quality in urban areas. ” The standard gasoline car creates pollution through direct emissions that are emitted through evaporation from the fuel system, and during the fueling process. This is opposed to the electric vehicle, which produces 43 percent less emission. 

The Toyota Prius is famous for being an environmentally conscious car.

Naumoff saw the benefits of making the switch to a hybrid vehicle when the amount of gas used in her environmental car was a fraction of the cost compared to her previously owned gasoline cars. 

“I was spending anywhere from 380 to 420 dollars on gas every seven to ten days,” said Naumoff.

For some consumers like Naumoff, the idea of owning a hybrid or electric vehicle is about both being environmentally conscious and being cost-efficient.

The increase of electric vehicles in New Jersey.

However some people, like Little Falls resident Luis Apaza, do not own an electric vehicle due to their high costs. Apaza discusses how unaffordable electric cars like Teslas are for him.

“I try not to have less than three jobs at a time,” said Apaza. “I would like to own an electric car because they’re good for the environment.” The cheapest Tesla, the Model 3, is priced at $35,000.

Luis Apaza working as a caterer at The Grand.

70 percent of Americans believe global warming is real and 77 percent also believe CO2 should be regulated, according to studies conducted by Yale. Which proves that people do care about the environment and that the prediction of the increase in sales to the Bloomberg report is not far off.

According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, “Overall, the global annual temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.07°C (0.13°F) per decade since 1880 and at an average rate of 0.17°C (0.31°F) per decade since 1970.”

As the Earth continues to warm at a rapid pace, consumers have noticeably been given electric cars a second chance outweighing their fears of range anxiety. People care about reducing their carbon footprint. They have chosen electric vehicles as a way of doing that.

Electric Cars: Are They Worth the Price?

Alex Greco is a Communications and Media Arts Major at Montclair State University. He chose electric cars as a topic because of their impact on the future.

Carly Henriquez is a Communications and Media Arts Student at Montclair State University. She chose the electric car topic for their environmental impact.

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