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2.5
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Shifting from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to those that run on electric power significantly improves air quality and reduces carbon emissions, moving Earth Overshoot Day by more than 2.5 days under the current electricity mix. Combined with clean electricity, the number of days would be even larger.

What is the solution?

Replacing traditional gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles, including everything from full-sized cars and trucks to electric scooters.

This solution improves our resource security in the cities and energy categories.

How does it #MoveTheDate?

Electric vehicles are more efficient in their energy use and can use green electricity. Since transportation makes up a large share of global emissions, a shift to electric power enables decarbonization.

How is it scalable?

The electric vehicle sector has a lot of room to grow: Currently only 2.6% of cars sold worldwide are electric. With growing global incomes comes growing mobility, much of which will be motorized.

What is the solution?

Replacing traditional gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles, including everything from full-sized cars and trucks to electric scooters.

This solution improves our resource security in the cities and energy categories.

How does it #MoveTheDate?

Electric vehicles are more efficient in their energy use and can use green electricity. Since transportation makes up a large share of global emissions, a shift to electric power enables decarbonization.

How is it scalable?

The electric vehicle sector has a lot of room to grow: Currently only 2.6% of cars sold worldwide are electric. With growing global incomes comes growing mobility, much of which will be motorized.

Electric vehicles come in all shapes and sizes. Driven by Tesla, who has truly shifted the market, all major car brands have started to enter the field of electric vehicles. Because of the heavy batteries required by larger vehicles, many of the most innovative designs being proposed today can be found on the lightweight end of the spectrum: electric scooters, motorcycles, compact cars and vans. Minimizing the energy requirements of these vehicles makes it possible to partially recharge their batteries using integrated solar-panels. 

With the quickly evolving market, innovators continue to push the envelope. Dutch start-up Lightyear One, which was started by a team of young engineers who won four world championships in solar car races, has applied their insights into designing a car that is among the lightest and most aerodynamic vehicles ever conceived. Combined with a PV surface, the car has a daily range up to 70km on solar alone, according to Lightyear One.

There’s no benefit in waiting!

Acting now puts you at a strategic advantage in a world increasingly defined by ecological overshoot. Countless solutions exist that #MoveTheDate. They’re creative, economically viable, and ready to deploy at scale. With them, we can make ourselves more resilient and #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day. If we move the date 6 days each year, humanity can be out of overshoot before 2050.