ICCT study: E-car in the environmental balance sheet

ICCT study: E-car in the environmental balance sheet-study

The EU wants to tighten the climate goals significantly. For the year 2035, the Commission has actually decided on the combustion. But skeptics are not convinced of the strategy. The masses of e-cars would also be a burden, it says. The production of the batteries consume enormous amounts of energy – and still come too much electricity from coal and gas power plants.

An analysis of the Non-Profit Organization ICCT (International Council On Clean Transportation) has now been dedicated to these questions – and comes to a significant result: already now E-cars are clearly climate-friendly than gasoline and diesel vehicles, reports the “Suddeutsche Zeitung” Calling on the study. Calculated from the battery cell production to the decommissioning, emissions in compact class 66 to 69 percent are lower than comparable new burners.

Due to the steadily growing share of green electricity in Europe, this “emissions advantage” will improve about 74 to 77 percent in 2030, the ICCT experts. If an e-car would be fully operated with electricity from renewable energies, its CO₂ balance would be at the decommissioning by up to 81 percent under that of a small gasoline car. In hybrid vehicles, the advantage is just 20 percent, natural gas vehicles, on the other hand, charged – as well as the admixture of biofuels – hardly improvement.

Given the goal of climate neutrality in Europe in 2050 and an adopted vehicle life of 18 years, the ICCT now recommends leaving the new admission of burners at the latest 2035. These advice covers approximately with the Commission’s plans, which, however, are not yet finally decided. The auto industry meanwhile refers to problems with the shop network. However, not a few automakers have already set themselves on the new specifications – such as Stellantis (Opel, Citroen, Peugeot, Fiat), the VW Group or Volvo.

The Denkfabrik ICCT is supported by the EU Commission and the Federal Environmental Agency and was centrally involved in the detection of the diesel scandal at Volkswagen in 2015. For the current analysis, the ICCT researchers, according to “SZ”, have evaluated the available literature as well as current production data. Thus, for a clean comparison between burners and streams, the energy consumption for the production of both autotypes and the battery of the electricity must be included – as well as the effort for the battery recycling or the generation of gasoline or diesel.

Burner, which are operated with hydrogen synthetic fuels, has considered the ICCT only on the outset because such fuels should not be available on the foreseeable future in a greater extent. The researchers appreciate that the power consumption per kilometer is about six times as high as that of a pure electric car and twice as high as that of a fuel cell vehicle operated with “green” hydrogen.

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2 thoughts on “ICCT study: E-car in the environmental balance sheet”

  1. Well, something finally a reputable study the result of what many were already clear. But the many interested lobby associations, “scientists”, Automobil manufacturers, mineral oil associations, etc. have constantly claiming the opposite Eun alleged much of the population with the tale until many have believed the fairy tale of clean burners and diesel vehicles allegedly cleaning and cleaner from the exhaust comes as a front


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