Are Electric Cars Good For The Environment?
Since electric vehicles hit the roads, there has been an active debate about whether they are more environmentally friendly than conventional ones or if it’s just pure greenwashing.
The truth is…it’s a lot more complicated than just saying that electric cars’ batteries a lot more polluting or that their production takes a lot more energy. While both of these arguments are true they won’t determine if the car is better for the environment. Instead, the electricity source of the car, will. As we aren’t experts in the field, we’ve done some research and found this EEA report that confirms that battery-electric cars are better for the environment as well as this article from The Guardian, which explains the different levels of emissions depending on the energy source.
The key question for us isn’t what car pollutes the least, but if we should be focusing our energies on promoting public transport and producing more electric buses and trains.
The fact that we’ve found an alternative to conventional fuel cars is certainly great news but will it still offset emissions if we buy more cars per individual?