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Electric cars could be a threat to the environment

another random user (2645241) writes | about 2 years ago


another random user (2645241) writes "Electric cars might pollute much more than petrol or diesel-powered cars, according to new research. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology study found greenhouse gas emissions rose dramatically if coal was used to produce the electricity. Electric car factories also emitted more toxic waste than conventional car factories, their report in the Journal of Industrial Energy said.

"The global warming potential from electric vehicle production is about twice that of conventional vehicles."

In addition, producing batteries and electric motors requires a lot of toxic minerals such as nickel, copper and aluminium. Hence, the acidification impact is much greater than that of conventional car production.

In regions where fossil fuels are the main sources of power, electric cars offer no benefits and may even cause more harm, the report said.

"It is counterproductive to promote electric vehicles in regions where electricity is primarily produced from lignite, coal or even heavy oil combustion.""

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take your eco 2.0 (1)

brendyhorrison (2746021) | about 2 years ago | (#41556967)

we need a new idea. Eco 3.0 . It is not electric car. It will be horse! Nature will be healthy!

Re:take your eco 2.0, not so fast ... (1)

schwit1 (797399) | about 2 years ago | (#41557475) []

A horse will on average produce between 15 and 35 pounds of manure per day. Consequently, the streets of nineteenth-century cities were covered by horse manure. This in turn attracted huge numbers of flies, and the dried and ground-up manure was blown everywhere. In New York in 1900, the population of 100,000 horses produced 2.5 million pounds of horse manure per day,

Wrong data ! (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | about 2 years ago | (#41558691)

1-Your assuming zero solar, wind, natural gas (both thermal and fuel cell) electricity, that by itself makes your posting misleading
2-Cars can be charged using solar power during the day, and using idle capacity 10pm-7am, in both cases, using coal produced electricity might be avoidable
3-There zero argument to continue using coal, worst case, nuclear is far cleaner (as baseline power production), while a nuclear power plant might poison some people in case an accident happens, coal power plants poisons people all day long !
4-Look at Germany, they have shutdown all nuclear electricity, invested heavily on wind and solar, no extra coal power plants were installed beyond the ones already planned prior to the nuclear shutdown. They're very likely even to get rid of some coal power plants in the near future.
5-Brand new, high efficiency coal thermal power plants generate less CO2 than refining, distributing and burning gasoline inside the car
How much did the dirty energy lobby paid you to post this ? Your post looks like paid advertisement !

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