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What is all the talk of Electric Cars?

Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly attractive in a world where reducing carbon emissions and pollution is a growing concern for many people.

Since interest in electric cars is continuously growing, there are some questions about how green and clean they really are. From manufacturing concerns, to how electricity is produced, we examine some of the finer points of electric cars and their environmental impact.

1. Is it true that electric vehicles are better for the environment?

According to the Mayor of London, “Road transport accounts for around half of the capital's air pollution.” Electric cars' main benefit is the commitment they can make to improving air quality in cities and towns. Pure electric cars emit no carbon dioxide while driving because they have no tailpipe. Air pollution is significantly reduced as a result of this. Simply put, electric cars make our cities safer for pedestrians and cyclists by providing us with safer roads. For example, only one electric car on the road will save 1.5 million grams of CO2 in a year. That's the frequency of 4 London to Barcelona round-trip flights.

2. What is the environmental impact of electric vehicle production?

The energy used to manufacture an electric car accounts for more than a third of the car's total CO2 emissions over its lifespan. This is due to the development of lithium-ion batteries, which are a vital component of electric vehicles. The number of emissions generated during the manufacturing of batteries will decrease as more efficient manufacturing techniques are developed. The demand for reusing and recycling batteries is also rising in the production of electric cars. The use of second-hand batteries is being investigated in order to find ways to reuse batteries.

3. What about the energy needed to power an electric vehicle?

Many keep wondering how environmentally friendly the energy used to fuel an electric car is.

Although with power production, the carbon emissions of an electric vehicle are about 17–30% lower than driving a petrol or diesel car, according to research by the European Energy Agency. When low carbon power is used, emissions from electricity production are greatly reduced. The company, Électricité de France, generates more low-carbon electricity than any other electricity provider in the UK. The GoElectric tariff is also made entirely of renewable energy, allowing electric car owners to make more educated decisions about how they charge their vehicles and reduce their environmental effect while doing so.

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