A new study published by Germany’s leading publicly-funded economic think-tank has proven electric cars are overall increase CO2 emissions and leave far more damaging waste products than traditional vehicles—showing that even this demand for “green” energy is a hoax.
The report, prepared and published by researchers at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, said that when the CO2 emissions resulting from the production of the batteries and the electrical generation required to power these vehicles are taken into account, an e-car will increase damage to the environment by up to 28 percent more than a diesel engine.
The Ifo Institute for Economic Research is Germany’s largest economic think-tank, funded by the state and tasked with analyzing economic policy. It is widely known for its monthly Ifo Business Climate Index for Germany.
According to the study (“Kohlemotoren, Windmotoren und Dieselmotoren: Was zeigt die CO2-Bilanz?”), lithium, cobalt and manganese used in vehicle electric batteries have to be recovered and processed through very high energy inputs, and a battery for a Tesla Model 3 pollutes the climate with 11 to 15 tons of CO2.
With a battery life of ten years and a mileage of 15,000 kilometers per year, that alone would mean 73 to 98 grams of CO2 per kilometer, according to the study.
In addition, when the CO2 emissions created by electricity generation are added in, the emissions created by a Tesla are between 156 and 181 grams of CO2 per kilometer—significantly more than a comparable diesel Mercedes.
This reveals, the report continued, that the European-wide definition of electric cars as “zero-emission vehicles” is a “deception.”
The CO2 limit of 59 grams per kilometer prescribed from 2030 corresponds to a consumption of 2.2 liters of diesel or 2.6 liters of gas per 100 kilometers and is “technically unrealistic,” the report continues.
This ruling means that vehicle manufacturers are being legally obligated to turn to e-cars as a main platform, but the reality is that that the climate “would be better with methane-powered gasoline engines, as their CO2 emissions are one third lower than that of a diesel,” the report said.
In addition to the CO2 emissions generated in the production of electric vehicles, almost all EU countries generate significant CO2 emissions from charging the vehicles’ batteries using their national energy production mixes.
The study concludes by saying that other technologies “also offer great potential,” and name hydrogen-powered electric vehicles or vehicles with combustion engines powered by green methane as examples.
“Methane technology is ideal for the transition from natural gas vehicles with conventional engines to engines that will one day run on methane from CO2-free energy sources. This being the case, the German federal government should treat all technologies equally and promote hydrogen and methane solutions as well,” the report said.
The e-car “green” hoax is similar to the demand to replace leather or other natural products with “artificial” alternatives. This “green” demand ignores the fact that all of these “alternatives” invoked the use of plastics, which never decay, are nearly impossible to recycle, and as a result ultimately do huge damage to the environment.