The question of the electric car or the combustion engine car is a socially charged issue, because different lobbyists, media and politicians always have different agendas. But a study by the Yale School of the Environment, recently published in Nature Communications, found that indirect emissions from electric vehicles are negligible compared to indirect emissions from fossil fuel vehicles.
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as EurekAlert writes (via t3n), Stephanie Weber, who co-authored the study, said, “What was surprising was the amount of lower emissions from electric vehicles. The supply chain for combustion vehicles is so filthy that electric vehicles cannot outperform even when you factor in indirect emissions.”
For their study, the researchers combined and applied various concepts from energy management and the industrial environment, including carbon pricing, life cycle assessment and energy systems modeling.
Economics professor Ken Gillingan explains: “The big problem with electric cars is that the supply chain, including mining, raw material processing, and battery manufacturing, is still a long way off. … If you level the playing field by also pricing carbon in the supply chain of fossil fuel vehicles, then sales of electric cars will be on the rise.”