Drive Sustainable!

Drive Sustainable!
Our club members drive all kinds of EVs (Teslas, BMWs, Leafs, Volts, Fords, Fiats, SmartEVs, electric bikes...)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Is your EV truly greener than a gas car?

The rumors about the carbon footprint of an EV vs. a gas car have been floating around the last few years. "Coal powered cars" was a comment from Mr. Lutz from General Motors, I believe. Well, I subscribe to a YouTube channel called Fully Charged, based in the UK. The latest episode had two interesting graphs for EV owners (see below). They show two things:

1) The footprint to manufacture an EV is about the same as a gas car, and the battery production adds a small amount over that. The operating CO2 footprint, however, is over 50% less for an EV. Don't let someone tell you an EV is the same pollutant value as a gas vehicle...it ain't so!

2) Interestingly, a homeowner's purchase of solar panels is statistically linked to buying an EV! Many people that buy an EV end up buying solar panels - and vice versa!

The link to the Fully Charged YouTube channel is here and the graphs are below. I suggest you print off the graphs and take them to your next car show.



1 comment:

  1. Even if my EV runs on coal, at least when you follow it, you aren't driving in its plume.

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