Are Electric Cars Actually Better For The Environment?

Are Electric Cars Actually Better For The Environment?


Scientists have found that electric cars might not be as green as we thought. How could this be?

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“This report compares battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) with similar gasoline vehicles by examining their global warming emissions over their “life cycles”—from the raw materials to make the car through manufacturing, driving, and disposal or recycling. Toward that end, we performed up-to date assessments of the carbon footprints of BEVs, taking into account the latest information about electricity generation and BEV models.”

Tesla’s Electric Cars Aren’t As Green As You Might Think

“But how green is a Tesla, really? Devonshire Research Group, an investment firm that specializes in valuing tech companies, dug into the data and concluded that Tesla’s environmental benefits may be more hyped than warranted. Devonshire isn’t saying that Tesla is pulling a Volkswagen, or that its cars are spewing greenhouse gases from invisible tailpipes. It’s arguing that Teslas (and, by extension, all electric vehicles) create pollution and carbon emissions in other ways.”

How Green Are Electric Cars? Depends on Where You Plug In

“According to a report that the Union of Concerned Scientists plans to release on Monday, there would be a considerable difference in the amount of greenhouse gases — primarily carbon dioxide — that result from charging the cars’ battery packs. By trapping heat, greenhouse gases contribute to climate change.”
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42 Comments on "Are Electric Cars Actually Better For The Environment?"


  1. Electric cars have no effect on the environment as opposed to gas. If we switch to electric we are just going to be burning more coal , which means pollution

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  2. I love how the new updated data on the main resource (ucsusa, as of April 2018) completely contests their prior data. Read updates, my friends.

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  3. It just coincides that the 58mpg figure in the States is the same figure the EU came up with for their next round of sh1t emission laws to drain our pockets /wallets and bank accounts of the last of our money , under the EU emissions laws we have 3 levels of road tax or VED if they are one & the same taxes ,buy a new car in 2017 it has the first years tax ,come the second year you tax will go up a lot come the 3rd year you could be paying thousands in road tax [VED] .

    My 1.6 Renault with an oil catch can has lower emissions than the newer one,i get 31+ around town and we have small towns and get 47 mpg on a run but i still have to pay our Jewish lead government £245 per road tax ,i have another modification that i have yet to fit i used it on a 1986 Ford Escort auto that cut the emissions right down but because my newer car is just crammed with emission sh1t i have to work on the room i need to install it ,i know it works because when i put on the old Ford the MOT bloke had to test the emissions twice because in his words he never saw one of those with such low emissions , even so i cant get a lower tax rating for it i just have a cleaner car ,and no this is not an advert buying into it ,its just an application i did with something when i was testing some equipment ,

    They are testing this same application on diesel engine systems but are having problems because of unit placement but i expect it wont take them to long to work it out . /UK

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  4. What a total bullshit. In the first two minutes you are already manipulating data and deceiving. "Just before they hit the road they use 1 more ton emissions than traditional counterparts.". 1) 1 ton, is actually not much, when you compare total cost of production. 2) You do not take into account that "traditional counterparts" manufacturing was optimized for decades. 3) The manufacturing costs of fossil fuel powered cars, is nothing compared to emissions during their use. 4) It completely ignores the hybrid cars.

    Average EV cars does produce less emissions during their lifetime. This is a fact. Some cars, in some states will completely offset their total CO2 emissions compared to comparable fossil fuel cars in less than 1 year! In some other state it might take 2-3 years. Well below expected lifetime of the car.

    Batteries can be both recycled, and repurposed with great success for use as stationary power storage. And they are indeed often used for electricity storage in homes, where they do not have performance of a new battery. Older batteries would not be useful in the electric car, because of lower range, and lower energy to weight ratio, but if battery has still 70% of the charge, and costs 1/4 of new battery, this is a bargain for home storage, where you can buy a lot of them, and weight is not a problem.

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  5. Lithium is not rare earth material. It is scarce, and was getting expensive, but it is not rare. The prices were increasing over last few years due to so big demand, that the mining industry was not prepared for. The mining industry reacted, new suppliers and new methods were developed. In this year prices dropped by 50%!! Also there are many new expansions and new mines opening in the world, mostly in Australia, South America, and some in Africa.

    Also. Yeah, like mining coal, gas and oil is any more environmentally friendly, with all its effects on environment, landscape, oil spills, accidents, leaking stuff to water, needing enormous mining, refining and transport infrastructure, etc. Lithium is probably more environmentally friendly if you take into account all facts.

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  6. The short answer is Yes, they are better for the environment.

    Long answer is also Yes, they are better for the environment.

    Video is inaccurate on so many fronts.

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  7. Price of Electric in the UK has gone up in the last year alone 2021 see,s the EU going for what they call unification of energy pricing that means its going up at the moment Eon a German company charge me on my new contract 17.44 pence per Kwh while in Germany they were charging them 30 euro cents per Kwh it dont take to many smarts to realize by 2021 the cost is going to be a lot higher than it is now .

    The Germans own the EU energy market and solar is not in it they want German made wind farms made supplied ,fitted and maintained by Germans !

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  8. They make it sound like people bury there cars when they are done with them. It doesnt matter how long you have the car, it matters how many miles the car gets over the lifetime of the components. And for this discussion, any polution creating, running, or repairing.

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  9. Union of Concerned Scientists are not actually Scientists… check their board and their education.. most don't even have a BS.. They are a leftest Enviro group. Where do you all think the massive amounts of RARE earth metals will come from ?

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  10. there is a large array of different internal combustion engines, ranging from large oceanic ships to CNG powered small cars (ships a creating much more emissions by the way), this means that U cant just use "gas engines" and go ahead and compare it too diverse… the best thing in all this is that nowadays the user can choose from a wide array of methods of propulsion and that is really good.

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  11. Your so wrong I know you can recycle a battery but only for so long but what are u gonna do with all the waste from the batteries and solar panels in a few hundred years when in builds up in the environment there highly toxic materials that take thousands of years to break down just like new clear waste u climate change delusionals have no idea and are setting the next generations up to be doomed

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  12. Where did India get into this? India has eround tenth the cars US has, and very little capital for people to buy newer ones.

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  13. I don’t know what to dooooo, batteries are bad in electric cars and we will run out of those materials and same with normal cars that take gas we are going to run out of fossils fuels are we just fucked?

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  14. Mining for lithium is destroying the environment! Hydrogen, waste vegetable oil is much better for the environment but your loving government doesn't want you to know that ! Because they can't tax it! When there is a shortage of lithium how much land would be destroyed? Don't forget the batteries will not last long!

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  15. I’m deciding wether I should get an electric or gas car to help the environment convince me on what should I get

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  16. VEGANISM IS 'SINGLE BIGGEST WAY' TO REDUCE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ON PLANET. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual's carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent. This is not about killing animals… Keeping animals for food increases the green house gases that pollute our planet.

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  17. BEVs running on 100% electricity from coal are still better than petrol cars due to the efficiency (gas cars lose energy as heat loss) and it is theoretically more simple to improve on filtration for a stationary power plant rather than a gas car that has to meet or beat mpg standards.

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  18. so does this mean there is no point in driving a TESLA model 3 to save the planet? we should stop wide scale agricultural farming and tree deforestation all over the world over driving an EV.

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  19. Still renewable energy windmills solar panels have a huge carbon foot print to make . Don’t last so without government grants couldn’t sell one single kilowatt . So without taxpayer money there would be renewable energy .

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  20. Rather than first world countries switching to EVs, they should help other developing countries to improve their environmental impact which I think will do much more than a throw away culture which is getting people to switch cars rather than hold onto them for as long as possible.

    For example anyone who goes an buys something like a Tesla and sells their previous car to be "green", rather than sticking to that car or buying a second hand car is giving themselves a pat on the back for no reason.

    But that's just my opinion.

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  21. Your speaking BULLSHIT only thing you thinking about is how much can you make and Thats all and NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ENVIRONMENT IT TO ONLY TO SEE HOW MUCH YOU CAN MAKE OF THE PEOPLE

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  22. Put the solar panel in the highways . Instead of power lines you can just place the power lines into the highways.

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  23. Nice job comparing source emissions for electric to tailpipe emissions of gas cars and completely ignoring the production side of gasoline. I understand you didn't dig into the UCS findings to see where the numbers come from. Finally, the UCS has realized this and updated the information on its website. Currently, the worst place in WV (92% coal) has an equivalent 83mpg and NY has 306 mpg using current electric sources and more modern EV efficiency while comparing the whole well to tank process for gasoline (as well as burning it) instead of just the tailpipe.

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