"How we make our cars is actually a bigger environmental issue than how we fuel our cars."

Current manufacturing process makes electric vehicles worse for the environment

#Environment

Sun, Jun 28th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to O'Reilly's Radar, a vehicle's environmental impact is far greater during manufacture than what comes out of its tailpipe. Ironically, a gasoline-powered car has, overall, a far less damaging effect on the environment than the manufacture of an all-electric vehicle. The article suggest switching to a localised dematerialized type of production to reduce the energy requirements for manufacturing.

An 85 kWh electric SUV may not have a tailpipe, but it has an enormous impact on our environment and health. A far greater percentage of a car’s total emissions come from the materials and energy required for manufacturing a car (mining, processing, manufacturing, and disposal of the car ), not the car’s operation. As leading environmental economist and vice chair of the National Academy of Sciences Maureen Cropper notes, “Whether we are talking about a conventional gasoline-powered automobile, an electric vehicle, or a hybrid, most of the damages are actually coming from stages other than just the driving of the vehicle.” If business continues as usual, we could triple the total global pollution generated by automobiles, as we go from two billion to six billion vehicles manufactured.

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