Electric Vehicles Big CO2 Footprint Diminishes As You Drive More

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Electric vehicles (EV) are rapidly changing the automotive scene, but opponents have underlined how substantial their emissions are from production to disposal, while being advertised as more ecologically benign than petrol, and the truth is that they aren’t totally incorrect…because when created and disposed of, EVs emit large amounts of pollutants, and coal remains the most important power source utilized to make them.

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One such research, undertaken at the University of Michigan with grant funding from Ford, found that Electric Vehicles and SUVs produced just 35 and 37% of what ICE vehicles did, respectively. From manufacturing to battery disposal, electric pickups produced just 34% of the pollutants produced by gas vehicles.

Fig.shows that the production of a BEV currently causes significantly higher CO2 emissions than the production of conventional vehicles. Despite the higher emissions in the manufacturing phase, the BEV then achieves significant savings over a lifetime of 200,000 km, with an average European electricity mix, compared with diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles.

Electric vehicles save between 50 to 70 percent CO2 equivalents and the time needed to recoup the additional emissions caused by battery production is one to two years. The more you drive, the faster you’ll recoup. Moreover, the energy required to produce EV batteries has already dropped off more than expected as renewable energy grows.

Additionally, the zero-emission lifespan of an EV effectively erases the greenhouse gases created upon manufacturing, as detailed in several studies in recent years.

Reference- The New York Times,  EVANNEX, Clean Technica, EV Obsession

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