A green vehicle is one that has little impact on the environment compared to conventional ones.
Green vehicles are powered by alternative fuels. Cars and trucks produce a lot of fuel. Buying an electric vehicle is one of the ways that people can reduce their carbon footprint.
The International Energy Agency projects in the recent world energy outlook (WEO) that there will be at least 140m electric cars in the world by the year 2030.
It may be difficult to establish how efficient your green electric car is after it dies.
The following are some of the ways you can improve the greenness of your electric car even after it dies
If you do not need your electric car anymore, one of the most efficient ways to get rid of it is to give it away to someone else. You can also subscribe to a junk removal service to help to take the dead car.
You may take your car to a junkyard for repair and resell.
If your car is beyond repair, junkyard associates will remove valuable parts and sell them to someone who may need them. They may sell it to a metal recycling center.
Recycling the Batteries
There have been concerns about the disposal of batteries for electric cars at the end of their lives.
The Batteries from electric cars can be harmful to the environment.
They produce metals and chemicals that could be harmful to the soil and water sources.
Fortunately, you do not have to throw them away. Lithium can be reused in devices that need to be recharged such as phones. It can be extracted from the batteries.
Old batteries may not be powerful enough to run an electric vehicle but they may be perfect for less demanding tasks such as storing electric power from solar panels.
Recycling the Frame
If you take your car to your local junkyard, the junkyard associates will look at it to establish whether or not it can be repaired.
If it is not possible to repair it, they will break it down and recycle the different parts.
The frame contains plastic, steel, and rubber. These materials may serve as raw materials for producing new products.
Recycling the Computer Parts
Your electric car comes with advanced electronics and computer parts.
If you do not dispose of them as you should, they may have adverse effects on the environment.
Most electric cars come with advanced computer parts including sensors and electrical networks.
These parts contain mercury and other toxic metals.
Disposing of them in landfills may affect the environmental impact of your electric car.
You can take them to a recycling center where they will disassemble or melted down for future use.
Over the last decade, more and more people have discovered the need for sustainable living and switched from conventional cars to electric vehicles.
Electric vehicles reduce the use of fossil fuel and they do not need as much maintenance as gas-powered vehicles.
Therefore, it is important to ensure that your electric car stays green even after it dies.
Careless disposal of parts may affect the environmental footprint of your electric car.
Even though electric vehicles may not offer ‘zero-emission,’ they are a lot better for the environment than conventional ones
Jenna Mancini has a passion for helping people understand and learn what it means to ‘lessen their carbon footprint’.
She speaks publicly to grade schools and teaches kids the benefits of recycling and the importance of the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle”.