Study busts myth about EV greenhouse gas emissions and dirty grids

Study busts myth about EV greenhouse gas emissions and dirty grids

A new study confirms that, even when charged from the dirtiest electricity grids, electric cars are still cleaner than internal combustion engines over their lifecycles. First spotted by The Verge, the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) study estimates overall emissions from medium-sized EVs registered in the United States, China, Europe or India in 2021. Those markets represent 70% of global new-car sales, the ICCT noted. Their electricity grids are also powered by different mixes of fossil fuels and renewable energy, and researchers factored in estimated emissions from battery production and supply chains. Based on this analysis, lifecycle emissions for an electric car in the United States could be 60% to 68% lower than a gasoline car, according to the study. In Europe, emissions would be 66% to 69% lower, the study estimated. Nio celebrates production of 100,000th vehicle China and India use more coal in electricity generation, but EVs in those countries will still have lower overall emissions than gasoline cars, according to the study. In China, emissions could be 37% to 45% lower, while in India emissions could …
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