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How EVs could possibly minimise international conflict

Buying an electric vehicle can help the world to avoid war, well, that is according to, Flip the Fleet. 

They came to this conclusion after they polled owners of electric vehicles this month on their reasons for buying an EV. 

The response was adamant, oil played a huge part almost all wars since WW2. 

Respondents stated that the Syrian war today is an oil war, referring to the way both the West and Russia have an interest in oil pipelines going through Syria. 

This comment was one of many from owners who drive electric cars partly to escape the oil industry’s power and its impact on the planet's economy and environment.

However, this is, in my opinion, a short-sighted view, as it is true that there are gains to be had for western countries through a conflict in Syria, this isn't the main cause of that particular power struggle.

That being said there are instances where the ‘war for oil’ does ring true. 

This month’s flip the fleet poll asked EV owners their main reason for buying their cars, fast pick-up/acceleration, green credentials, low running costs, smart technology, quiet and comfortable ride, or for some other reason. 

The desire to promote world peace fell into the last option.

Nearly half of the respondents, at 49%, had bought an EV for its green credentials. 

Many felt a personal and global responsibility to avoid greenhouse gases and climate change by taking the ‘car’ out of their ‘carbon footprint’. 

One named Donald Trump in providing a wake-up call that people can’t rely on politicians to protect the planet, so they figured they had to step up themselves. 

Many expressed a sense of urgency and figured that buying an EV was one of the most practical ways that families and businesses can act for our children’s future.

Low running costs were the main attraction of EVs for 33% of respondents, mainly because of reduced fuel costs.

Financially-savvy respondents saw that savings extend far beyond the petrol pump, for example, EVs are expected to last a lot longer and travel way further in their lifetime than equivalent internal combustion vehicles. 

The simple construction of electric motors also means they cost a lot less to maintain.

The smart technology was the EV’s main pull for 7% of respondents, and 4% mainly wanted the quiet, comfortable ride.

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