Batteries vs Fuel as a power source

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29th Jul, 2020

As our concerns for the environment grow, various countries are trying to adopt electric vehicles (EV) to replace more conventional vehicles that rely on fossil fuels.


This has created a debate that essentially boils down to what energy source should ultimately be used in our global transport systems, and across all industry segments.


Should it be the electricity stored in EV batteries or the carbon-based fuels that we currently depend on.


As a premium battery importer and supplier, we understand batteries. It is what we do! With our eye on the latest emerging trends, there is an increased preference amongst consumers towards batteries as a preferred power source. It is also happening across multiple industries.


As consumers struggle with the current economic environment and with service delivery at an all-time low, more and more South Africans will turn to batteries to ensure they can have power consistency. For both their businesses and personal lives.


But let us use cars as our case sample.

The normal internal combustion engine found in fuel-based cars is relatively detrimental to the environment. Their emissions create air pollution, and this has led to environmental problems like global warming.


Electric cars, with their deep cycle lithium-ion batteries, are emission-free. This making them less invasive to the environment and a long-term potential solution.


A common argument against battery-powered vehicles is that the electric energy used to charge them is produced by using fossil fuels. In other words, converting our passenger cars to electric derivatives still impacts the environment.


While fossil fuels are still used to generate electricity, the by-product of batteries if far less invasive. So yes! both still take commodities out the ground to make power, but the battery is a potential solution to our air pollution problems.


Overall, shifting from fuel to batteries does bring about a positive change and with the passage of time, the impact of this choice will help.


Many view the hydrogen fuel cell as a viable alternative to EV batteries. The benefit of the hydrogen fuel cell is that it does not produce any harmful emissions during its usage. It has some serious drawbacks that make electric cars the better option.


Firstly, hydrogen fuel cell cars and vehicles can be unsafe due to the explosive nature of hydrogen gas. Compared to batteries, the hydrogen fuel cell presents a far greater threat to the passengers if anything goes wrong. Secondly, hydrogen fuel cell technology is still quite expensive.


Electric cars are not cheap either but, some governments provide subsidies and their availability is becoming more widespread, with the result that their prices are expected to drop. Once the infrastructure is in, and charging becomes as common as refueling, a wave of modern motorists will emerge


The reality is that electric cars are more than capable of meeting our everyday traveling needs and the same can be said for solar power when it comes to our home lives.


The opportunity to own a home that is not reliant on the grid is no longer a pipe dream, but an achievable reality. The amount of sunshine we have available in SA, provides a viable long-term Solar solution.


Look at what our phones can do and how long some of their batteries last. Battery technology has powered the internet and the products that are a result of it.


As importers of batteries for all forms of machinery and transport, we are geared for a future that will be reliant on this mode of power generation.


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