“ELECTROLINERAS” IN COSTA RICA
Sep 17, 2016
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Some years ago in Costa Rica, we dreamed of many inventions that we could
only imagine with our minds. We dreamed of inventions such as those shown
on animated TV series like The Jetsons. These series filled us with many
amazing ideas, yet many believed that these would only be possible in our
dreams. But these days, when all things can change as quickly as the blink
of an eye, all those amazing dreams can come true. Granted they may be
slightly adjusted, but amazingly similar to what we saw in our dreams.
Today technology can achieve this, and make what we have seen in our
imaginations come true.
These technological advancements that were inspired by imagination are now
part of our daily lives. For example, advancements such as conveyor belts,
video calls, and touch screen watches. These inventions have filled the
marketplace with so many different options that Costa Rica is now becoming a
society that uses technology for most everything.
These technological advances are not merely a matter of bringing the latest
commercial product to Costa Rica, they are actually part of something
bigger. They have also helped to improve human living conditions. Many
people are starting to look at the feasibility of ‘electrolineras’, a term
that refers to ‘charging stations’. Where you will be able to recharge your
electric car as if you had gone to your usual gas station.
Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular in Costa Rica for various
reasons. These cars provide their owners with safe transportation, while
reducing CO2 emissions that result in lower rates of air pollution as
compared to gasoline engines.
Electronic cars are a viable option for getting around in the city, and
thereby saving on oil consumption which is an advantage that should not be
overlooked. The less non-renewable resources we use, the longer we will
have access to a healthy planet. We must adopt a responsibility towards the
environment, and acknowledge the havoc done over the years which has
resulted in global warming. A situation that doesn’t affect just Costa
Rica, but every country in the world regardless of race or creed.
Solutions are now being designed to help improve the current state of the
planet. One of these solutions is the use of electric vehicles for use
within cities and the surrounding regions. This has led to implementing a
type of ‘charging station’ where any electric vehicle can recharge their
vehicle, and decrease in the use of hydrocarbon-based transportation. This
breakthrough seeks to replace the use of petrol-based vehicles completely,
which will result in improved air quality in those cities. While also
improving the over-all quality of life of those living in Costa Rica.
Electric cars vs gasoline cars.
What is the difference between an electric vs a gasoline vehicle? Can we
completely move to an electronic transportation resource? The current
technology aims to improve on the development of both. These questions and
these concerns are often highly controversial, especially in Spanish
speaking countries such as Costa Rica.
For these questions to be answered, it is important that everyone knows the
advantages of an electric vehicle as compared to a conventional vehicle.
An electric vehicle has the distinction that it does not pose a health-risk
to the planet, as it does not give off CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
Some models of these cars even have the technology to convert air flow into
water spray. This can be beneficial as the water droplets are then
evaporated into rainfall, which in turn then improves the quality of the
environment, and the water levels in reservoirs and dams.
The contributions to the environment offered through use of electric
vehicles are certainly unique. And some of the problems are also unique.
How to store the energy needed to fuel the electric vehicles? This has been
addressed by designing ‘electrolineras’ or ‘charging stations’, where car
owners can frequently recharge their battery cells and continue on their
way. For without these ‘filling stations’, the electric cars would not be
able to make several trips during the day without the need to return home to
recharge the battery packs. This would certainly be a disadvantage, and
this is why Costa Rica has already installed several of these charging
However there are still some problems that have yet to be solved. These
Less autonomy as compared to gasoline vehicle as they must be recharged
The initial cost of purchase can be high for most Costa Ricans. It can cost
as much as $20,000 US, which is what a high-end Toyota would cost. A
compromise solution is to purchase a hybrid car, which can still help the
environment by 50% reduction in emissions.
Accessibility to the charging stations does tend to be a problem in the long
run. Hopefully with the passage of time, Costa Rica will see more of these
appearing. If the government does not invest in these stations, then it
will not be feasible to make this shift to electric vehicles.
The primary advantage over gasoline vehicles is that they do not produce air
or noise pollution, and do not need to use the dwindling supply of fossil
fuel. The other advantage is that maintenance is minimal, and usually much
less than a conventional car. It is even possible that, in the near future,
cars will provide their own energy source through solar panels or other
technologies that are still in development. Which will result in the
complete replacement of gasoline vehicles over time.
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