This is not an assault on electric cars; it is a rage against all automobiles.
UPDATE 2 there’s additional evidence that Volkswagen has overestimated the carbon footprint of making batteries and grossly underestimated the true carbon footprint of their diesel. Because the expert who debunks VW comes to the Identical conclusion that I do I’m leaving the post up:
Forgot to add the usual caveat: until we mine, manufacture and drive on low carbon energy, EVERY car emits a lot of CO2.
So biking, car sharing and public transportation (esp. electric) are still better for the planet.
But, let’s not make the perfect the enemy of the good.
— AukeHoekstra (@AukeHoekstra) February 19, 2020
I’ve often written that electric automobiles won’t save us, mostly because of the gigantic upfront carbon emissions (UCE) required to create them. Now the car manufacturers are coming out with electric pickup trucks as well as Hummers, the problem becomes even more significant. By creating the batteries, my problem hasn’t been the matter of the gain in carbon emissions that are upfront as viewers continue telling me, being electric compensates for this quickly.
But, a fresh lifecycle analysis released by Volkswagen shows that it is not quite as quick as we thought. It shows the batteries being the real hot spot of manufacturing, accounting for 43.25 percent of their car’s carbon emissions that are upfront.
Then they illustrate how long it takes for the car to actually pay that carbon debt that is upfront off. Marko Gernuks, Head of Life Cycle Optimization notes:”You immediately realize when compared with some Golf petrol, the e-Golf has a larger carbon footprint in terms of manufacturing, but wait: After 125,000 km [77,600 kilometers ] on the street, it surpasses its own brother and has a lower carbon footprint”
In accordance with United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Americans now drive a mean of 13,476 miles per year, so it requires 5.75 years to pay off the extra renewable debt.
Yes, even the air will be cleaner and the car will survive longer and we will soon be burning far less fuel meanwhile. Electric cars are wonderful. And VW will try to decrease the upfront carbon of earning batteries how Tesla was dealing with this; they also found,”Green power for generating batteries significantly lessens the environmental effects.” They’re also going to plan for recycling batteries. Gernuks notes”The purpose is to maximize the procedure and to utilize salvaged raw materials to further reduce the carbon footprint connected with manufacturing of batteries.” It will get better.
Now, once more, I realised , this is NOT meant to be an assault on electric automobiles; making any vehicle generates carbon emissions that are upfront. Most quotes I’ve seen show them to be only about 15% greater, and as VW notes, it may be reduced.
That is an assault on SUVs and BIG pickups that have a Tesla Model 3’s UCE or even a Nissan Leaf. It’s an assault on ALL automobiles, that ought to be replaced wherever possible using lightweight alternatives walking, bikes, e-bikes. We shouldn’t be looking at electric cars as a solution to the issue; we must check at getting rid of cars if we would like to get a feeling of carrying to 1.5 amounts of global warming. There is just not enough space left at the renewable budget to build all of them.
UPDATE: A variety of individuals have issues with the VW calculations, suggesting that it should be 25,000 km (15,534 kilometers ) prior to the e-Golf overtakes the diesel Golf. Follow this thread on Twitter:
This widely-shared chart @VWGroup compares lifecycle emissions from a Golf Diesel with the e-Golf EV.
It shows the EV only starts saving CO2 after ~120,000km
But correcting for questionable assumptions shows that should be *less than 25,000km*
— Simon Evans (@DrSimEvans) February 19, 2020
Written by Lloyd Alter
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