How Climate Change Is Affecting Car Transport
Climate change is a major force in the 21 century and it's not likely to slow down. Although most people associate climate change with large-scale issues like warmer winters or an increase in ecological catastrophes, the global phenomenon has smaller impacts on society, commerce, and the environment. Car transport is one of these areas. In response to climate change, car manufacturers are shifting towards cleaner energy. This is also changing the landscape for the auto transport industry. While we know that the auto and transport industries are shifting towards cleaner energy, the science behind these changes is not clear.
This guide will help you understand how climate change affects car transport. Move Car Auto Transport's experts are not only skilled at getting your vehicle from A to B quickly and efficiently, but they also have a lot of knowledge about climate change and how it affects all aspects of auto transport. We will be bringing you up-to-date on the many changes that climate change is causing in vehicle transportation.
Climate Change in the Auto Industry: A Basic Overview
It is essential to first understand climate change and its effects on the auto transportation industry. Carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel. Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas is being released into the atmosphere at a much higher rate than any time in Earth's past. These greenhouse gases are rapidly disintegrating Earth's atmosphere which is the main force that controls Earth's climate to ensure that life can survive.
What are the Most Obvious Signs Of Climate Change?
The United States Geological Survey says that you don't have to be a scientist in order to see the impacts of climate change. We all witness the following changes in our environment.
- The greenhouse gases that trap more heat in the atmosphere are causing temperatures to rise around the world.
- Droughts are getting more severe and longer around the globe.
- Warmer ocean waters are making tropical storms more severe.
- The snowmelts faster and there is less snowpack in the polar regions and mountain ranges as temperatures rise.
- Globally, glaciers are melting faster.
- The warmer temperatures are causing sea ice to melt faster in the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole.
- Permafrost melts, releasing methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) into the atmosphere.
- Rising sea levels threaten estuarine ecosystems and coastal communities.
The Earth's temperature is rising faster than ever before due to the disintegration of the atmosphere by greenhouse gases. Humans did not exist 800,000 years ago when they reached this level. The US's greenhouse gas emissions from cars account for 29% of all noxious greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Our auto industry is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases in America. The greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector grew faster than any other sector in the American economy between 1990 and 2017.
How to Address Climate Change in Transportation. What's Next?
The auto industry is slowly moving away from gasoline and diesel as science and society gain more knowledge about the speed of climate change and continue to improve car battery technology. Nearly all the major automakers now make electric cars.
Although it has been difficult to find alternative solutions in the truck industry where diesel is still dominant, there are some positive signs. In 2017, Tesla unveiled an Electric Semi Truck, which will be launched by 2020. More companies are expected to follow the lead in shifting away from fossil fuels and towards cleaner (and ultimately cheaper) energy for automobile transportation.
What's Greener? Transporting your car across the country or driving it?
Although the auto transport industry is yet to transition to cleaner energy, there are still many eco-friendly benefits to shipping your vehicle. It is more efficient to drive your vehicle around the country than to ship it. As we will discuss below, the answer depends on several factors.
Non-electric cars are more efficient to ship than to drive. American auto transport trucks can carry between five and nine vehicles at once. The auto transport industry has improved logistics over the years to be able to transport all or most cars in one truck to the same area. Although 18-wheelers emit more greenhouse gases than regular cars, they don't emit as many gasses as five cars driving the same route.
The answer is more complicated if you drive an electric vehicle or a partially electric car like a Prius. It all depends on where you'll be driving and how many charging stations you'll find along the way. It is difficult to find charging stations for electric vehicles in some areas of America, as we are still at the beginning of the electric vehicle revolution. Although it's more environmentally friendly to drive your electric vehicle across the country yourself, it can be quite a hassle to leave the city without all its charging stations. Driving your electric vehicle around the country by yourself can be more environmentally friendly than shipping it.
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Are you interested in finding out more about climate change and car transport? Move Car Auto Transport's team of experts is available to assist you. Call us for assistance or to visit our Blog, where you will find a variety of auto transport resources. Are you looking to transport your vehicle? You have come to the right place. We proudly ship anywhere in the lower 48. Our industry-leading logistics, quick shipping times, and exceptional service have earned us a 94% 5-star ranking on Trustpilot.
We will work hard to optimize your car's route so that we can keep our carbon footprint as small as possible when you ship with us. We can all combat climate change together. To get a quick, affordable, and transparent quote, visit our Online Quote Calculator. Book with us today!