Why do electric car owners insist they don’t do damage to the environment? Where do they think most of our electricity comes from?

A majority of them do not. They claim that electric cars are superior to internal combustion engines, and they’re correct to a large extent.

Let’s take a look from cradle to grave:

  1. Manufacturing – Electric vehicles and ICEs are nearly identical in terms of construction. Because electric cars are smaller, they are simpler to make components to design and quality tests. But, they weigh more and are therefore more expensive, which balances. Shrink That Footprint assessed this through a review of all the studies and stating: “Our central scenario for vehicle production was 70 g CO2e/km in the case of an electric vehicle while 40g of CO2e/km for the gasoline car.”
    ( Shades of Green: Electric Cars’ Carbon emissions across the Globe) Net 30 g CO2e/km for the entire lifecycle is an incredibly small benefit for ICEs.
  2. Use and CO2 – Electric vehicles utilize electricity. If the electricity produced is exclusively by burning coal then, electric vehicles generate more CO2 than internal combustion vehicles. But this isn’t always an issue, and at the average CO2 levels per KWH in the USA electric cars emit lesser CO2 for every mile. Because the electric grid is decarbonizing, electric automobiles will simply improve in terms of CO2 per mile basis as they age and ICE cars are more likely to decline as they age due to their fuel efficiency being lower. Electric car owners can buy their electricity from carbon neutral suppliers like Bullfrog Power and achieve close to zero CO2 emissions which is not possible to achieve for ICE owners. The increased demand for electricity generated by electric vehicles leads to increased the amount of investment in new generation that is significantly lower in carbon than grid-average which is increasing this. Net: Advantage electric cars and is growing.
  3. Use and air pollution – Electric vehicles emit nothing. ICE vehicles emit a range of toxic substances that create smog particulate pollution , and other. A majority of the car mileage is driven through urban areas which means that the impact of the vehicle’s emissions mix and contribute significantly to urban air pollution. According to the World Health Organization identifies air pollution as the primary cause of premature deaths around the world today. Electricity generation isn’t just moving to less or non-pollution sources like solar, wind and natural gas. These generation stations are generally located outside large urban areas and typically produce less pollution from urban areas in comparison to ICE vehicles. It’s a pretty clear victory for electric vehicles. The net: huge benefit for electric vehicles.
  4. Clean-up-related pollutants – Electric cars don’t require oil to be changed and removed. Electric cars don’t need brake fluid replacement as frequently due to regenerative brakes. Electric vehicles don’t require brake pad replacement as often because of the regenerative brake. Etc. Electric cars need a considerable amount less maintenance . The maintenance requires fewer chemicals that need to be eliminated in a safe manner. Electric cars are more powerful in the low end torque, and their tires wear more quickly than muscle cars, and so the need to replace tires is less frequent. The net: small advantage of electric cars.
  5. Battery packs that are dying from automobiles are likely to be utilized for secondary sources in the near future, however at present, lithium ion batteries are recyclable to a great extent and Tesla recycling 70 percent of the carbon that is embodied in their cars during the process of production when they reuse batteries. Net: huge advantage of electric vehicles.

In essence, electric cars are superior to diesel cars, excluding small areas of the world with a lot of dirty coal facilities that will continue to operate for more than five years.

 

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