Will Swapping From Gas to Zero Emission Vehicles Save the Planet?


By Dion Knill

As we celebrate Earth Month, the push for a more sustainable transportation system has never been more important. Electric Vehicles (EVs) are seen as a promising solution for reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change. However, switching from Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) to EVs will not be the cure-all solution for our transportation problems.

While EVs have zero emissions, they still contribute to congestion on our roads. The solution to congestion requires a multi-pronged approach, including incentivizing telecommuting, carpooling, and active commuting options like biking and walking. Utilizing mass transit systems and investing in infrastructure improvements can also reduce the number of cars on the road, alleviating congestion
and reducing emissions.

The benefits of modal shift, mass transit, and active commuting go beyond just reducing congestion and emissions. It can also improve public health by increasing physical activity and reducing air pollution, which can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

Therefore, we must acknowledge that EVs are only a part of the solution towards a more sustainable transportation system. To achieve this, we need to focus on promoting modal shift, investing in
public transportation, and creating infrastructure that supports active commuting. Only then can we create a healthy and sustainable future for ourselves and the planet we inhabit.

Dion Knill is a technology consultant, and a member of IPMI’s Sustainable Mobility Task Force and Technology Committee. He can be reached at  dion.knill@gmail.com.