How much carbon emissions come from electric car production?
So…I got into a debate with some co-workers when we went to Olive Garden (or the OG as we like to say) the other night about how eco-friendly and sustainable electric cars actually are. There were lots of different opinions on this, so I’m curious, are electric vehicles as clean as people claim they are?
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- About half of the carbon emissions an electric car will produce come from the actual production of the car.
- A typical new EV has already** contributed** to about 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emission by the time you see it hit the showroom. Whoa, nelly! That’s about 16,000 more pounds than an internal combustion car would cause.
- Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are the lifeblood of electric cars, and they rely on graphite, cobalt, lithium, and manganese. Sourcing these minerals involves energy and an additional set of processes and labor to trace them.
- There are also ethical concerns and human rights violations when mining for minerals in Latin America, China, and Africa.