No Dodge Challenger Hellcat owners, a fact that electric vehicles aren’t as good ...
No Dodge Challenger Hellcat owners, a fact that electric vehicles aren’t as good for the environment as we all think they are doesn’t mean that your vehicle earns you as many eco kudos as the Tesla Model S.
However, the fact that EVs still add to the individual’s carbon footprint should make potential buyers stop and think before plunking down the juicy $1,000 on the Tesla Model 3 preorder. And thanks to YouTube mini series Adam Ruins Everything, we now know why.
The reason that electric vehicles aren’t as efficient as we think they are lies in two main factors. The first is a fact that our EVs derive their energy from the electric grid which, at least in many cases, works by the burning coal to produce electricity. The resulting carbon is then spewed into the environment where it adds to a pollution problem.
The electric car’s carbon footprint varies by location given a disparity in energy production methods, and it’s why at one point, Singaporean officials tried to fine the Model S owner $10,000 for polluting too much.
It is also why the Bloomberg report once found that the Tesla pollutes more than the BMW 3 Series in Hong Kong thanks to the city’s energy production methods. And of course, this is averted by those who buy solar panels, the Tesla Power Wall, and use the two to charge their vehicles.
But even in this case, one has to factor in the second reason EVs aren’t as eco friendly as we think: a fact that the process of manufacturing the car is very carbon intensive, which means that the carbon footprint of buying the EV can outweigh that of keeping an old car.
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