A lifecycle analysis from VUB University (Brussels) and Transport & Environment (T&E) has concluded that, even when powered exclusively by the most carbon intensive electricity in the world, plug-in electric cars still have a smaller greenhouse gas footprint than their diesel counterparts.
“Even in countries with the highest GHG intensity of electricity generation — Poland and Germany — the EV performs better on a lifecycle basis (including the emissions in manufacturing the battery and vehicle) than the diesel car. Using the Polish average, an electric vehicle emits 25% less CO2 over its lifetime, while in Sweden an EV emits 85% less. Meanwhile, EVs’ sustainability will improve further with battery technology advances and as more batteries are re-used for electricity storage or recycled,” the press release provides.CleanTechnica
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