Electric cars may not be so green after all, says British study

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    Electric cars may not be so green after all, says British study

    * Ben Webster
    * From: The Times
    * June 10, 2011 3:23PM


    ELECTRIC cars could produce higher emissions over their lifetimes than petrol equivalents because of the energy consumed in making their batteries, a study has found.

    An electric car owner would have to drive at least 129,000km before producing a net saving in CO2. Many electric cars will not travel that far in their lifetime because they typically have a range of less than 145km on a single charge and are unsuitable for long trips. Even those driven 160,000km would save only about a tonne of CO2 over their lifetimes. …

    The study was commissioned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, which is jointly funded by the British government and the car industry. It found that a mid-size electric car would produce 23.1 tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime, compared with 24 tonnes for a similar petrol car. Emissions from manufacturing electric cars are at least 50 per cent higher because batteries are made from materials such as lithium, copper and refined silicon, which require much energy to be processed.

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    Many electric cars are expected to need a replacement battery after a few years. Once the emissions from producing the second battery are added in, the total CO2 from producing an electric car rises to 12.6 tonnes, compared with 5.6 tonnes for a petrol car. Disposal also produces double the emissions because of the energy consumed in recovering and recycling metals in the battery. The study also took into account carbon emitted to generate the grid electricity consumed.

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    Pollution produced from hydrocarbons is Satan's toe jam, and will cause Earth (and possibly other planets) to explode.

    Pollution produced from green technology is pure and righteous, and feeds unicorns.
     
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    Please...won't someone think of the baby unicorns? :(
     
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    and our grandchildren's unicorns.
     
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    They forgot to say "unexpectedly."

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    Sorry to say according to an article by the guys at TheEV.Biz several statements in the article published in The Australian (June 10, 2011) featuring the headline “Electric cars may not be so green after all, says British study” and the referenced study itself contain many facts that are highly suspect and incorrect about Electric Cars.
     

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