If a very eco-conscious owner of a Tesla electric vehicle, then you must check out this special app which is making the rounds lately.
According to a report by Gizmodo, the app known as TezLab, which is essentially the electric vehicle version of a FitBit, can help Tesla owners see what exactly is powering their cars. The app itself was developed with the main goal of giving drivers more insight into the carbon footprint that their vehicles are leaving.
Aside from tracking energy consumption numbers, the app can also help Tesla owners take a look at their overall efficiency, total miles, and even control certain vehicular functions like heating/air conditioning and locking the doors, reports TechCrunch. And for those who like a more "gamified" version of apps like these, there are also badges that users can earn for completing milestones.
The app is currently free to download for both Android and iOS users.
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
The main reason for the existence of the TezLab app is, according to TezLab CEO and co-founder Ben Schippers, to help see the levels of carbon you push into the atmosphere based on the charge of your Tesla, reports Yahoo! News. Schippers adds that it doesn't matter whether the user is charging the car at a Supercharger or at home.
What this means is simple: if you want to reduce the carbon footprint of your Tesla, you need to charge at a "very clean" supercharger, which the app itself tracks. According to their most current data, the best ones include Centralia, Moses Lake, Leavenworth, and Seattle.
TezLab decides which Superchargers are the most eco-friendly by seeing how they're powered. For instance, the Supercharger in Vegas gets over 65 percent of its energy from the Hoover Dam's hydroelectric plants, which is obviously considered a clean source of energy. Another example is the Hawthorne, CA Supercharger, which gets about half of its power via wind turbines.
Will Electric Cars Be Here To Stay?
Electric cars are still not as common as gas-powered ones, but more and more people are being acquainted with them during the past few years. One can say that it's only a matter of time before electric car manufacturers take over the roads.
In fact, when it comes to overall performance, an electric vehicle can already rival a gas-powered one. Just take the Tesla Model S Plaid, which has been shown to outperform gas cars with a 0-60 mph acceleration in under 2 seconds. The only hurdle now between roads being full of electric cars is the fact that they're more expensive outright compared to gas-powered vehicles. Of course, the cost of running them will be much lower, which means you'll likely save more money in the long run driving an electric.
With renewable energy being a very big concern now in the wake of the nasty effects of climate change, electric cars being more common on the roads is likely not a question of if, but when. It will still be a slow adoption, but experts believe that at least by 2040, over half of all vehicle purchases will be electric.
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Written by Jai Barnachia