by Anoushka Kumar.

Electric cars are something most car companies have invested in, and most seem to agree with them. investment bank UBS even forecasting that by 2025, 20% of all new cars sold globally will be electric. That will leap to 40% by 2030, and by 2040 virtually every new car sold globally will be electric. 

One of the biggest reasons electric cars have done so well is due to the marketing of them being environment friendly. Most brochures or advertisements center around this, but is that actually true? 

Electric cars produce fewer emissions than their fellow gas-powered cars, but at the end of the manufacturing process, electric cars are the ones generating more carbon emissions, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Electric cars store energy in large lithium batteries that have high environmental costs, meaning they aren’t actually as environmentally friendly as they sound. In 2017 IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute reported that an EV with a big 100k Wh battery which was manufactured on a grid that was between 50-70% fossil fuel has emitted between 15 and 20 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide before it has ever been used. 

Even if they were, it still might not be our solution. Electric cars will not stop our high carbon emission rates; they will add to them. On average, they produce more than eight metric tons of carbon dioxide while being manufactured and produced. Itemizing cars, whatever kind they may be, as our main transportation method is highly illogical. 

While electric cars may be better for the environment by a small margin, combating climate change requires more significant and efficient changes.  While we may not have many feasible solutions so far, we know that electric cars are not the answer. 

Sources: https://theicct.org/sites/default/files/publications/EV-life-cycle-GHG_ICCT-Briefing_09022018_vF.pdf

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51977625

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