If you care about the planet and are considering a smart car – an electric vehicle for that, maybe you should look at the results of a new German study that breaks EU targets about CO2 – Carbon Dioxide (grams of carbon) emissions.
Scientists say that electric cars are responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions than diesel ones.
The study was performed by the Munich Institute for Economic Research. The research takes into account the carbon dioxide emissions associated with battery production. The study also covers the relatively important role of coal in the energy sector. Electric vehicles emit 11 to 28% more emissions than diesel.
Carbon dioxide Car battery production
The mining and processing of cobalt, manganese, and lithium used in batteries consume large amounts of energy. Take the Tesla Model 3 battery as an example. They say that only one represents 11 to 15 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). When calculated over a years, driving 15,000 kilometers a year gives 73 to 98 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. And we have not yet taken into account the carbon dioxide emitted by the power generators used to power cars. Altogether, according to calculations, each of these Model 3 emits 156 to 180 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. This result strongly exceeds that of a Mercedes diesel-powered car.
EU 2030 targets technically unrealistic
The inclusion of the EU electric cars among zero-emission cars is questionable because they generate a significant amount of emissions. They also expressed their belief that the EU target of 59 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer by 2030 is technically unrealistic.
They believe that hydrogen-methane vehicles are a better choice for the environment. Finally, they said: “Methane technology is ideal for moving from conventional engine vehicles to engines that will one day be powered by methane from CO2-free energy sources. To do so, the German federal government should treat all technologies equally and promote hydrogen and methane solutions.”
People are finally beginning to accept electric vehicles. Expert predicts that, for example, in Germany, by 2022, there will be a million electric or hybrid-powered cars. It’s two years later than their original target because the start was slow at first. Recent financial incentives have encouraged more buyers to adopt new technology. Last August there were 460,000 hybrid or electric cars on German roads and the country had about 13,500 public charging stations.
The diesel emissions scandal is hard on local customers. The industry is confident that the sales of 33 different hybrid and electric models offered there will triple in the years to come.
German cities can now ban diesel cars because of the air pollution they cause. Cities such as Dusseldorf and Stuttgart have been instructed to consider a year-long ban on older models and promote smart cars. These two cities are the only countries in which nitric oxide levels exceed EU limits.