In a startling revelation, a recent study has found that the production of electric vehicles (EVs) can produce up to 70% more emissions compared to their gasoline counterparts. This surprising data challenges the widely held belief that EVs are a 'greener' alternative.
The research, conducted by leading scientists in the field, scrutinized the entire lifecycle of an electric vehicle, from manufacturing to disposal. It was discovered that the production process of EVs, particularly the manufacturing of batteries, can generate significant levels of greenhouse gases.
The study suggests that the production of an electric car's battery and its power system can contribute up to 70% more CO2 emissions compared to the manufacturing of a conventional petrol car. This is primarily due to the extraction and processing of raw materials like lithium, nickel, and cobalt, which are essential for producing electric batteries.
Despite these findings, so-called experts note that once on the road, electric cars are still far less polluting than traditional vehicles. Over their lifetime, EVs emit significantly less carbon dioxide, thanks largely to their zero tailpipe emissions.
The study further indicates that the high emissions during the production stage can be offset if the electric vehicle is charged using renewable energy sources. Hence, the transition to green energy for electricity generation is crucial in making electric cars a truly sustainable transportation option.
The increased emissions during production are a challenge that needs addressing, while majority of Americans believe EV cars will not change anything that has to do with the climate, this study will further keep them skeptical.