Environmental Benefits of EVs
Are electrical vehicles better for the long-term health of the planet? There is no simple answer to that question, but research continues and the benefits of EVs over gas-powered cars seem to be tipping in favor of the new, cleaner technology. According to the EPA, electric vehicles typically have a smaller carbon footprint than combustion-engine vehicles, including the electricity used for charging an EV.
The simple fact is that governments are embracing the transition away from gasoline-powered engines and there is little that will turn the tide back now. As nations race to combat the effects of climate change, there is hope that EV adoption will be a major component in a greener future.
QUICK TIP: EVs typically have a smaller carbon footprint than ICE vehicles
Key Findings from the EPA:
- Some studies have shown that making a typical electric vehicle can create more carbon pollution than making a gasoline car. This is because of the additional energy required to manufacture an electric vehicle’s battery.
- Still, over the lifetime of the vehicle, total greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacturing, charging, and driving an electric vehicle are typically lower than the total greenhouse gases associated with a gasoline car.
- Because electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, they are typically responsible for significantly fewer greenhouse gases during operation.
Learn more about the EPA’s research and perspectives here: