Electric vehicles are now up to 70% less polluting than petrol cars
by Paul Davies
What's Going On Here?
A new study published in Nature: Sustainability shows that electric vehicles (EVs) produce up to 70% less CO2 than their petrol counterparts, across their entire life-cycle.
What Does This Mean?
Whilst this may seem obvious to us curious.readers, in recent years there have been many detractors claiming that ‘the production of electricity and their manufacture outweighs the environmental benefits.’
In countries like Sweden and France (that have a high mix of renewables and nuclear power) the savings on CO2 emissions are up to 70%, whilst in the UK, EVs produce 30% less CO2. It is only in countries like Poland and India, where their electricity grid is heavily dependent on coal, that emissions for EVs are currently higher than petrol car emissions.
Why Should We Care?
Governments across the globe are pledging ambitious targets to reach net zero carbon targets, and those dates are getting closer every day.
“There is no need to wait. There’s a net benefit from electrification even given all the uncertainties and variations. Don’t be confused by all those different results out there. It’s a no-regret choice already.”
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