Electric Car Global Issues

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Describe global issues of electric cars here

   Electric vehicles (EV’s) have many benefits when compared to the cars using internal combustion engines.  Internal combustion engines emit pollution into the atmosphere while electric cars do not.  Pollution is a major issue in today’s world, directly impacting the livelihood of people and the environment.  The only source of pollution with the implementation of electric cars is the source were the power for these cars comes from.  Although a lot of power plants are “clean” (meaning they do not produce any pollution), there are some power plants that do produce pollution; when comparing the pollution levels of the electric car verses the internal combustion engine, the electric car produces significantly smaller amounts of pollution.  EV’s also do not pollute landfills with as many toxic fluids as do regular internal combustion cars.  Sound pollution is also a problem with internal combustion engines which is mitigated through the use of EV’s.  
   If only “Clean” power was to be used for electric cars, the atmospheric pollution problem from this form of travel can be nearly eliminated.  

By: Gabe Bertini

Lithium Dependance

Although EV do not require oil, they require a significant amount of lithium. Similarly to oil, we would have import lithium from other countries to mine it, increasing our dependance on foreign goods. EV's would decrease out dependance on oil, but increase our dependance on lithium thus continuing the cycle.... DUN DUN DUN... The lithium reserves will last around 10 years, according to experts, so until then we will we will mine lithium, while hopefully trying to find a more abundant chemical capable of being used in batteries.

Read more!: http://action.pluginamerica.org/o/2711/images/World-Lithium-Resource-Impact-on-Electric-Vehicles-v1.pdf

Team S00pergr00p


Team ZLAKA: If we use electric cars we will be less dependent on global oil supplies in other countries. In 2008 over two thirds of the oil that was used in the USA was imported. This was almost $600 billion dollars worth of oil http://www.journalcra.com/sites/default/files/Download_293.pdf

Team ZLAKA: According to commodity price experts the price of oil would be decreased by 7% by 2030 because the world demand for oil will decrease. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2010/04/ecimpact-20100409.html

The Engine by TEAM Electric Car (Tejas Joshi, Shreyank Patel, Clare Nadig, Dan Peterson, Brandon Covello)

"Global Impact"

The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in place of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in specific countries as a result of oil shock and recessions will have a significant impact on the global economy. Some of the reasons that are found are as follows: 1. As instance, country like China is increasing from 13 to 20 cities the participants in a pilot program to subsidize the purchase of clean energy public transport vehicles. Once EVs are accepted by consumers, public authorities are likely to restrain the use of ICVs within city limits in order to reduce urban pollution and noise and offset the cost ICV externalities

2. Higher Fuel Prices: Fuel taxes make for significantly more expensive gasoline in Japan and Europe which in some cases, more than double in the price of fuel in developing market.

3. electric vehicle industry and movement basically relies on lithium (Li) based batteries and due to extensive research into sources of lithium production and supply suggest there is no shortage of Li at least for the next 10 years.

4. The deployment of electric cars will effect significantly in job creation for domestic and international electric sector.

5. Nowadays many countries are concerning the positive impact of electric cars on GDP, and trying to be the first to gain profit from this innovation.

Read More on Global Impacts of Electric Cars on: http://www.journalcra.com/sites/default/files/Download_293.pdf


Right now, people are trying to set a global standard for electric vehicle charging stations. This way, electric cars will be universally compatible with these stations. The three leading proposals come from SAE (America), International Electro-technical Commission (Europe), and CHAdeMO (Japan). There are also national governments involved with this goal, such as the German government. This worldwide standard is predicted for 2017.


Think About This

The rising popularity of the electric car is helping in weaning the world from fossil fuels. Unfortunately, though, this new mode of transportation is making us just as reliant on another crucial resource: electricity. This may not appear to be a big deal, but as of now, the world does not have the resources available to produce all that electricity. According to Les Poch and Matt Mahilik of the Center for Energy, Environmental, and Economic Systems Analysis (CEEESA), if the demand for electric cars were to reach full force now, American would stretch its power networks to the limit. China, the other soon-to-be EV superpower, would not fare much better either, since it is currently suffering from an electricity shortage of about 40 million kilowatts at the moment. If our own leaders in the industry cannot handle the task, then that is a good sign that this new industry has not yet matured. The whole world must build up its infrastructure before we can take advantage of this new mode of transportation.

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/business-brains/will-there-be-enough-electricity-for-all-those-new-electric-cars/6230 http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/706322/Electricity-shortage-expected-to.aspx

Adam Sidehamer/ahs5129/Team Hammer

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One of the most difficult obstacle to overcome in the production of electric vehicles is the cost of the battery materials. The most commonly used battery in electric vehicles is the lithium-ion battery, which is dependent upon the use of expensive materials such as rare earth metals. These metals can only be found in a few mines around the world. Much like the rise of wealth in the oil-rich nations in the Middle East, the wealth of these nations will increase as the use of electric cars in the world increases. This direct relationship is likely to cause a redistribution of global wealth, and thusly global power.Here is a [1]map of rare earth metal mines across the globe, and the nations that will benefit from the taxes of these exports are therefore highlighted:


Team Totes

”In 2009, they announced bold plans to cash in on demand for clean vehicles by making China a global power in electric car manufacturing. They pledged billions of dollars for research and called for annual sales of 500,000 cars by 2015.” This article explains China’s goals for global power in the industry for electric vehicles. China has set itself very high goals indeed, calling for millions of cars to be on the road by 2020. This would greatly impact many of the world’s markets and shift power in the automotive industry from America, to China.

Global Impact

If China can succeed in its goals of electric vehicle production, there would be a massive shift of power in the automotive industry. Ever since Henry Ford’s development of the factory line, America has dominated the car industry. America, however, doesn’t seem to share the interest in electric cars that China has recently acquired. This may be due in part to China’s extreme pollution issues. The electric car offers them a way to continue their rapid economic and societal expansion, while eliminating a serious environmental issue. The development of the electric car may very well be the tool that allows China to truly get on top of the world.

Article Link: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/04/24/3572710/chinas-dream-of-electric-car-leadership.html

Luke Pontz


Team Diesel

The global impact of electric cars can cause the war over in the middle east and all of the fighting over oil. With fully electric cars, they will use no oil what so ever. The electricity produced uses virtually no oil so in turn it will make the demand for oil go way down, which in turn will make the price go way down. The advances in technology in batteries allows for us to actually think of this as a possibility now.

As the demand for oil goes down, the amount of conflict in the middle east will also go down. The economic status of the oil producing countries will take a large hit. They will go from being semi wealthy to having to strive for ends meet which will negatively impact them. It will completely change the power balance in the world right now. http://energy.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/can-electric-vehicles-change-t.php