Are Electric Cars More Economical in the long run?
In this article we find out.
In 2035, only zero emission cars will roll off the production line after the government’s decision to ban petrol, diesel and hybrid cars in 2035. But will t actually make a difference? The new petrol 208 pollutes at around 100g of CO2/km. The electric one, obviously, pollutes 0g CO2/km. However where do you think that energy comes from? It comes from polluting power plants. Over the cars life (around 200,000 miles if driven carefully, maintained, etc) it will use up 4.34 miles per kilowatt, or around 46,000 kilowatts over its lifetime.
In the table below is all the ways we generate our energy in the UK:
Source % CO2
Coal 9 800/1050
Natural gas 42 430
Nuclear 21 6
Hydroelectric 24.5 (hydroelectric, Photovoltaïc,wind) 4
Photovoltaïc solar 24.5 (hydroelectric, Photovoltaïc,wind) 60/150
Wind 24.5 (hydroelectric, Photovoltaïc,wind) 3/22
The average amount of CO2 for one kilowatt is 272.4 grams.
Over the cars lifetime, it will produce 12.5 tons of CO2. The petrol will produce 19 tons of CO2. So in conclusion, the government’s decision to ban all petrol and diesel cars being produced is a sensible move, but will still not achieve our aim of being carbon neutral by 2050.