The EV market is picking up the pace all over the world. It has been touted as the future of automobiles as we try to control global pollution. World leaders and some manufacturers are pushing the case for electric vehicles as the only answer to vehicle pollution. But Volvo has done a test comparing the manufacturing of a conventional ICE car with an EV to find out if this is really the case. In today’s article, we will see how EVs are really not environment friendly.
What does the report state?
A new study by Volvo shows that manufacturing EVs generates 70% more emission than a similarly specced fuel car. For this study, Volvo has compared the XC40 with its electric counterpart, the XC40 Recharge. The study compared both cars right from the basic material sourcing to a driving distance of 2 lakh km. By using their own vehicle, they have been able to get a more accurate estimate than earlier studies. The results showed that although both the cars were manufactured in the same plant, with the same platform sharing multiple components, still the XC40 Recharge produced 70% more emissions than the XC40.
So, are EVs bad?
The study further adds that while EV production might generate more pollution but in the long run, EVs do reach a point where they match the emissions of the fuel cars. After this point, electric vehicles produce less carbon footprint than fuel cars. This is due to the fact that fuel vehicles produce more emissions after production. So in the long term, EVs will be quite environment friendly, but such studies can surely help us understand more about the environmental effects of EVs.
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