It’s Settled! Electric Vehicles Are Much Cleaner For Environment Than Petrol, Diesel Ones
There is a long standing debate against electric vehicle’s (EV) claims of being cleaner modes of transport. While they are zero-emission mobility solutions, they usually draw their energy from a fossil fuel powered electric source.
So how does one compare their net emissions to the gasoline vehicles? More importantly, how do we find whether they are actually better for the environment or not? A recent report seems to finally answer this question.
Electric cars are cleaner when it comes to emissions, if a report by BloombergNEF is to be believed. As per it, the switch to vehicles has already helped lower down the annual emissions by as much as 40 percent in certain areas.
The report highlights the difference in Britain, which majorly uses renewable sources of energy for its demands. Meanwhile, the difference in China was not so monumental as the country still relies majorly on coal as its power source.
Though the scenario changes drastically if renewable sources are employed for the energy demands. If the EV charging stations are procuring their energy from solar or wind energy, the electric cars charged through it will remain carbon neutral throughout their life cycle.
This is not the case with the gasoline vehicles. As soon as an IC engine vehicle is rolled off its production line, its carbon emissions are set and can only increase with time. There is no hope of bringing it down.
Even with the present system of energy production through coal, in practice across the globe, EVs outshine gas-powered vehicles by a considerable margin. An earlier report by UCS-USA mentions that the gasoline cars in the US average around 10.5 kmpl of mileage. Meanwhile, electric vehicles in various parts of the country are able to deliver close to 34 kmpl of mileage.
Consecutively, the amount of CO2 released in the air is also high in gasoline cars. While they (midsize gasoline cars) produce around 249 grams of CO2 per mile on an average, an average EV of the same size brings it down to 150 grams per mile on an average. Countries like France claim a mind blowing figure of a mere 2.7 grams per mile.
With the increasing adoption of clean energy sources across the globe, these EVs are only set to get even cleaner over time, with predictions of controlling the emissions by as much as 90 percent in some areas.