The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Methodology for the Car Manufacturing Industry

The current situation in the car manufacturing industry opens two different ways for the further development of the industry and companies operating in the industry. On the one hand, companies may focus on the production of conventional cars which use fossil fuels as the source of power. On the other hand, companies may focus on the development and production of cars that use environment friendly sources of power, such as electricity or hydrogen. In actuality, the development of electric cars is the most prospective.

The goal of the study was to evaluate the current situation in the car manufacturing industry and prospects of its further development and to determine which cars have better future prospects: conventional or electric ones. The LCA methodology included literature survey, the critical analysis of the car manufacturing industry development, and the analysis of the expert opinion. The literature survey helps to identify the key trends in the development of the car manufacturing industry. The literature survey reveals existing studies on the development of car manufacturing industry and conventional and electric cars. Critical analysis of the car manufacturing industry development. The data analysis reveals advantages and disadvantages of conventional and electric cars. The expert opinion Reveals the view of experts on the future of the car manufacturing industry and, more specifically, on the potential of electric and conventional cars. The analysis of the expert opinion is important for the current study. Experts provides their opinion about conventional and electric cars and reveal their prospects in the market

The analysis of the lifecycle of conventional and electric cars reveals their seeming similarity but the principal difference is that the conventional car has much more negative environmental impact compared to the electric car because of greenhouse gas emissions driven by the use of fossil fuel as the source of power, such as gasoline or diesel. As a result, conventional cars leave devastating environmental footprint, while electric cars are environment friendly and their environmental impact is much lower throughout their lifecycle.

The development of the lifecycle of conventional cars and electric cars is similar but, in a long-run perspective, electric cars have a strategic advantage compared to conventional cars because they use electricity as the source of power. In contrast to conventional fuel used by conventional cars, like gasoline or diesel, electricity may be generated from renewable sources of power. This means that electric cars will not use fossil fuels even indirectly. Moreover, electric cars will not have greenhouse gas emissions in the course of their use by customers. This is why the wide use of electric cars will lead to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The minimal environmental impact of electric cars will attract customers, who grow more and more concerned with their environment. This is the strategic advantage of electric cars compared to conventional cars. This advantage is more significant compared to seemingly better technical features of conventional cars such as greater power or longer trip distance.

In addition, companies operating in the car manufacturing industry have to take into consideration the fact that fossil fuels will run out one day that will raise the problem of the lack of fuel for conventional cars. In other words, the world car manufacturing industry will have to refuse steadily from conventional cars and shift to cars that may use alternative and renewable sources of power. In this regard, electric cars are the best option because they are convenient; there are working models and large scale production of such cars; electric cars are convenient to use and do not need the development of complex infrastructure to fuel them; and they are just comfortable to use for customers.

Moreover, conventional cars are highly sensitive to fluctuations in the global oil market because it affects the fuel price. The high oil price increases the fuel price and encourages customers to choose electric cars, while the low fuel price encourages customers to buy conventional cars. The major reason for purchasing electric cars is their environment friendliness. The major reason for purchasing conventional cars is their technical features, such as longer trip distance before refueling.

Nevertheless, electric cars have better prospects in the further development of the car manufacturing industry because they are more flexible in regard to the fuel they use. Electricity may be generated from renewable sources, while the environmental impact of electric cars is low. Conventional cars will disappear one day, when the fossil fuel runs out.

Works Cited:

Hawkins, T.J., et al. Comparative Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Conventional and Electric Vehicles, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 17(1), 2012, 53-64.

Wishart, J.; Zhou, Y.; Dong, Z. Review of multi-regime hybrid vehicle powertrain architecture, International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles. 1 (3), 2008, 248–275

Zink, T. MGMT 4698BUSINESS AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT Intro to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Loyola Marymount University, 2017.

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