EV Environmental Impact Far Outstripped by ICE vehicles

Fossil fuel cars waste hundreds of times more raw material than their battery electric equivalents, according to a study by Transport & Environment (T&E) seen by the Guardian. A calculation of the resources used to make cars relative to their weight shows it is at least 300 times greater for oil-fuelled cars.

Approximately 30kg of metal will be lost over the lifecycle of a lithium ion battery used in electric cars once recycling is taken into account, compared with 17,000 litres of oil.

Higher battery production will require more mining of minerals such as lithium, cobalt and nickel, but use 58% less energy than a petrol car over its lifetime and emit 64% less carbon dioxide.


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