Amsterdam 5th of June 2021 – World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Therefore we at E-Flux pay attention to the positive impact of EV’s on the environment.
Electric cars have a beneficial effect on the quality of the air. Since electric cars do not emit or considerably less harmful substances and contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions. This is because electric cars convert energy into motion more efficiently than vehicles that run on fossil fuels. As a result, less energy is required for the same displacement. Would you like to know more about the latest brands, models, and charging solutions? Then click here.
Electric vehicles also cause less noise nuisance than cars that run on fossil fuels. This is because electric motors are quiet. The positive effect is greatest at low speeds when the noise of the tires is not dominant yet.
Because electric vehicles do not emit or considerably less harmful substances, they contribute to a better climate. To be able to compare the actual CO2 emissions of electric vehicles with conventional vehicles, it is important to start from practical usage data. In addition, the fuel production of the chain and vehicle manufacturing and recycling/demolition should also be considered, as emissions also take place in these phases. TNO performed a Well-To-Wheel analysis for middle-class vehicles. The results of this can be found in the figure below. It concerns the CO2 emissions of conventional and electric cars based on a lifespan of 220,000 km.
The research by TNO has shown that a fully electric car has 30% lower CO2 emissions when using predominantly gray electricity compared to an average petrol car. When green energy is used, a power reduction of 70% is possible. For plug-in hybrids, this decrease is approximately 15-25%. It is assumed that the drive is fully electric for 30% of the kilometers. In short, electric driving is called a positive contribution to the environment. Moreover, this positive contribution will only increase. Since electric transport is at the beginning of its development. It is expected that the energy efficiency of electric vehicles will only improve in the coming years. It is also important to regularly compare the environmental aspects of the various vehicles, as developments continue to take place.
Environmental batteries aspects
The Dutch government is committed to responsible extraction, trade, and processing of raw materials needed for the batteries of electric cars. Concrete examples of this include setting up and contributing to a responsible mining index, an active role in and contribution to the women’s rights and mining group, the extractive industries transparency index, and the climate-smart mining facilities.
Businesses and the production chain
The business community also pays attention to a responsible production chain. For example, it is important to mention that less and less cobalt is used by manufacturers of electric passenger cars. Today, an average battery contains three times less cobalt than five years ago. Universities and large companies worldwide are also investing billions in research into new-generation batteries that contain less or no cobalt, but also have a higher energy density, can be charged faster, and last longer. In short, this will only make electric cars more sustainable. Old EV batteries are also fully recycled and are therefore given a second life.
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