You drive an electric car. You feel good about yourself. You’re saving the environment, so we all can bread cleaner, healthier air.
California, the sixth-largest economy globally, emits only 1% of the world’s carbon emissions. Still, the governor — Gavin Newsom — wants to ban gas-powered cars in his state by 2035 in favor of clean, “zero-emissions” electric cars.
Do electric cars help the environment? Bjørn Lomborg explains the dirty secret of the clean auto-industry.
Are we going clean?
Or…, maybe going crazy?
PragerU on Sep 24, 2020
The most popular electric car, the Nissan Leaf, over a 90,000-mile lifetime, will emit 31 metric tons of CO2 based on emissions from its production, its electricity consumption, and average U.S. fuel mix and its ultimate scrapping. A comparable Mercedes CDI A160 over a similar lifetime will emit just three tons more across its production, diesel consumption, and ultimate scrapping. The results are similar for a top-line Tesla, the king of electric cars. It emits about 44 tons, which is only 5 tons less than a similar Audi A7 Quattro.
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