Study: Electric cars will not be able to significantly reduce CO2 emissions until 2040

Study: Electric cars will not be able to significantly reduce CO2 emissions until 2040-study

The idea that Germany could essentially achieve its climate protection goals in the transport sector with electric cars is put into perspective by a study by the Berlin climate research institute MCC (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change) and the University of Newcastle: Even in England, where two essential framework conditions are clear are cheaper, the electrification of the vehicle fleet can hardly reduce traffic-related CO2 emissions by 2030 and by 2040 only by a maximum of ten percent. Firstly, Great Britain has already decided to ban the new registration of conventional petrol and diesel engines from 2040, secondly, the share of fossil fuels in power generation on the island is somewhat lower than in Germany. The study has now been published in the renowned journal Applied Energy.

“In the long term, e-mobility must play a key role – but in order to reduce emissions in the short term, politicians must focus on mileage through higher fuel taxes and encourage switching to bus, train or bicycle,” says Felix Creutzig, an author of the study and Head of the working group on land use, infrastructure and transport at the MCC. “At the same time, it is essential that it promotes the phase-out of coal and the energy transition.Because with the current electricity mix, electric cars are de facto not emission-free. And according to the study, their production produces around 8.8 tons of CO2, around 60 percent more than in the production of a vehicle with a combustion engine. “According to our study, electric cars can only significantly improve the climate balance after 2040,” says Creutzig, “provided that operation and production then run largely with green electricity.”

Like in Germany, traffic-related CO2 emissions in the UK are still as high as they were in 1990. According to the study, by 2030 it should fall by around 20 percent overall – but largely independent of the topic of e-mobility, but because the ambitious fleet standards reduce emissions from combustion engines. In 2050, total emissions, including emissions from car production, could actually be 80 percent lower than today in a best-case scenario. The prerequisite is that the CO2 emissions from power generation have also fallen by four fifths by then.

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2 thoughts on “Study: Electric cars will not be able to significantly reduce CO2 emissions until 2040”

  1. ‘8.8 t more CO2 than in the production of a combustion engine’ sounds to me like the 16 t from the “Swedish study”, or are combustion engines built CO2 neutral?
    However, action must be taken against CO2 release on several fronts, and pronto. Of course, there is still a lot that should be on the agenda alongside CO2, such as avoiding plastic waste and cleaning up the oceans from it.
    Everyone can make his contribution, but politics must finally come from the a …

  2. Cooperative!
    75% of people live in cities.
    1.) Work there, or take every day 1000km to turn a forgotten light?
    not. Then that’s arrived.
    What is in cities?
    30 km / h 50 km / h
    2.) Why do not there are light cars (so net again “we live in 1345 people of
    Hard is good and because advertising says sporty [think of fat women] – Why is the MC Laren of
    Lois easy? Ie a pure cell of a say we (for easier thinking, “but I want one..”They still exist) 4 meters cars, 168 cm wide, 260 cm wheelbase, 4 seater, weighs 500 kg. 2019.
    Let’s get along?
    a 70 hp burner and drink. Tank 45l. Etz: 250kg. (Range 700km)
    a 70hp electric motor, lightweight 2-stage gearbox (R-N-1-2) alone weighs only 65 kg. (torque is better)
    Now comes the LOGIK-AKKU: if we also want to travel 750 km, it weighs 340 kg.
    Combustor: 250kg
    E system: 400kg

    Why, when you have 25-45 km a day, not modular batteries, and only heavier for longer distances.
    That means: STANDARD.. (Nobody wants it, because the battery is dug out of the ground by children’s slaves, CHEAP!)
    And we’re talking about a modern e-car that isn’t the outdated weight junk of a TESLA or like that
    may be called FAT PIGS by others. (the stupid ones in the cars who don’t understand physics, because the advertising tells them 2.3 or 2.6 tons is SPORTY [especially when braking, and in the curves = 100 computers and 1000 sensors keep the truck on track] get it these mentally disabled are now also autonomous. Another 120 kg!] That’s great for our environment! OR?


    MY FIRST E-CAR IS LIGHT (less than 840 kg) has 35-50 kw and costs 12.000 euros.
    And nice when it was drawn timelessly by Bertone or someone with a feel for design.
    I now drive an OLDI.. converted Triumph with 25 kw and it’s fun anyway.



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