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Are electric cars really environmentally friendly?

There’s a myth going around that electric cars aren’t as green as they’re made out to be. Is that anywhere near the truth or just nonsense that spreads without any reason? There are loads of arguments attached to this generalisation and none of them are true. It’s not true that manufacturing electric cars generates more emissions. Neither is it true that electricity has its own “footprint”. So where do these rumours come from?

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Rumours

When electric cars are debated the arguments are normally very black and white. One side paints electric cars as heaven sent green machines, while the other likes to pretend it’s so smart because it’s saying that these eco-friendly cars are really bad for the environment. Of course, neither side is 100% accurate.

Reality

The truth is that even if more environmental damage is caused when these cars are produced, the most important consideration isn’t the fuel used to build the car but the fuel used to create the electricity. If a coal powered fuel station provides the electricity, the electric car doesn’t really help the environment. If the power station providing the electricity is powered by natural gas, the car’s producing less than half the total emissions generated by a petrol or diesel model. So the country that the car’s being used in and the type of fuel that nation uses to generate electricity is the major factor here.

Final word

Electric cars are yet to be perfected but they’ve come a long way in a short amount of time. The Tesla Model S8 shown in our image doesn’t have that futuristic wedge-type look that typified earlier hybrid and electric cars as owners of electric cars no longer want to stand out when they drive around the streets.

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