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For years there’s been a false narrative perpetuated by special interest groups that electric vehicles actually produce more greenhouse gases than the average internal combustion vehicle. However, a new study shows that this is not true — over the entirety of its life cycle, an EV will release fewer greenhouse gases than a gas-powered car, even if plugged into a grid that’s not producing its electricity from clean sources.
Why his Matters: While the actual manufacturing process of building EVs produces more emissions than a standard combustion engine, enhanced battery recycling could eventually close that gap.
Those opposed to the widespread use of EVs suggest that the vehicles are only as green as our sources of electricity — and electricity generation still relies chiefly on burning fossil fuels. But this study, produced by the nonprofit research group, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), suggests that this argument doesn’t hold true.
As Business Insider explained, during its lifetime, an EV in the US releases about 60% to 68% fewer carbon emissions than a traditional vehicle. Even in China and India — countries that rely heavily on coal-power — electric cars produce between 37% to 45% and 19% to 34% fewer greenhouse gases, respectively.
In any case, Georg Bieker, a researcher at the ICCT, told The Verge: “Combustion engine vehicles of any kind are not able to deliver the greenhouse gas reductions we need to live with climate change. That’s a global finding, therefore we need globally to phase out combustion engine cars.”
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new report has found that since the 2015 signing of the Paris agreement, more than 75% of the world’s planned coal plant projects have been scrapped, and 44 countries have no future coal plans whatsoever. The report’s authors hope this trend will continue as the COP26 conference in […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The House Ways and Means Committee has released their portion of the reconciliation for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending package. The plan follows through on many promises made by the Biden administration, including clean energy tax credits and credits for electric vehicle owners. The plan, announced on the heels […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced that it would “revise” regulations regarding renewable energy on public lands, a move that may ease the development of solar and wind projects. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said that it would be seeking input for a new proposal, which it plans to issue early next year. […]
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