Are Electric Cars More Economical in the long run?

In this article we find out.

49w ago

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

Average 272.4

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.

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Comments (2)

  • Depends how long they last. If they are scrapped after 10 years, then no, but if they can last as long as a modern petrol car, 18 years or longer, I’d say yes

      11 months ago
  • No because it takes so much pollution to make them it defeats the purpose

      11 months ago