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How ecological are electric cars really?

How environmentally friendly is electric mobility really if you not only measure consumption but also take into account the production of the car and the provision of electricity? In order to dispel many half-truths, the TCS asked Konstantinos Boulouchos, ETH professor for energy technology, to answer some of the most important questions.How much CO₂ does an electric car emit from production to disposal?A mid-range electric car emits between 20 and 45 tons of CO₂ according to a life cycle analysis. 7 to 15 tonnes of this for the battery, depending on the size and manufacturing process, between 7 (for the Swiss electricity mix) and 22 (for the European electricity mix) tonnes of CO₂ for driving and 5 to 6 tonnes of CO₂ for vehicle production. In a modern mid-range hybrid car (petrol) that amounts to between 35 and 40 tons of CO₂. For comparison: According to a life cycle analysis, 40 tons of CO₂ correspond to the emissions of 14,000 liters of petrol or 12,500 liters of diesel.Must Chec…

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