Electric vehicles in Germany account for more CO2 emissions than diesel ones, according to a study by German scientists


When CO2 emissions linked to the production of batteries and the German energy mix – in which coal still plays an important role – are taken into consideration, electric vehicles emit 11% to 28% more than their diesel counterparts, according to the study, presented on Wednesday at the Ifo Institute in Munich.

Mining and processing the lithium, cobalt and manganese used for batteries consume a great deal of energy. A Tesla Model 3 battery, for example, represents between 11 and 15 tonnes of CO2. Given a lifetime of 10 years and an annual travel distance of 15,000 kilometres, this translates into 73 to 98 grams of CO2 per kilometre, scientists Christoph Buchal, Hans-Dieter Karl and Hans-Werner Sinn noted in their study.

The CO2 given off to produce the electricity that powers such vehicles also needs to be factored in, they say.

When all these factors are considered, each Tesla emits 156 to 180 grams of CO2 per kilometre, which is more than a comparable diesel vehicle produced by the German company Mercedes, for example.

The German researchers therefore take issue with the fact that European officials view electric vehicles as zero-emission ones.


21 Comments on Electric vehicles in Germany account for more CO2 emissions than diesel ones, according to a study by German scientists

  1. Those figures don’t include the disposal of the batteries. Factor that in, and they pollute even more.

    In Africa kids are doing the mining for the rare earth metals needed for the batteries.

    I hate Prius drivers. I tell them I drive an SUV because I don’t want to drive a car that pollutes like theirs does and is socially irresponsible as the Prius.

  2. Well, it may take more fact juggling before they can show where their pipe-dream is better than reality.

  3. We all saw this coming…the amount of energy to plug in a smart car is not monitored. It should be. It’s not free just because it’s a plug in the wall…idiots. And that primary type of energy probably will light up your ass! Because it’s not the type you like that fuel your efficient cars.

  4. This was a no brainer from the start. It’s just another Global climate crisis fraud. It always has been. Just as solar and wind. It’s a SCAM.

    This BS makes me so po’d that otherwise “intelligent” humans would not be able to understand basic facts.

  5. Notice how little we hear from Elon lately?
    In efforts to not have too many returns and cancellations wonders about the recharging stations this self proclaimed genius is providing? Has it become an ATM thingy?
    No puns intended,,,
    Winks, some of you will get it,,,
    Clean energy and minds!

  6. That’s because their damned krautmobile slot cars run on coal. They like to preach the Paris Climate Accord, but they ignore what they have to when the rubber hits the road.

  7. Everything liberals come up with backfires.

    But follow the money: the elite leftists like al gore probably made money on this.

  8. I need to send this to our City Council. They are all pushing for the city to be driving all electric cars and crap that do nothing but put the use of carbon fuels out of sight.

  9. Green cars are worse polluters. Wind turbines kill massive numbers of birds and have short service lives. Solar power works only when the sun is shining. Solar farms destroy grasslands. There seems to be a pattern here…

  10. Follow the money.

    Even a nose-picking mouth-breathing imbecile should understand that electricity doesn’t just fall out of the sky. The Globaloney Warming Scam has gone international because everyone everywhere can see how easy it is to scare money out of ignorant stooges. Al Gore showed the way – he amassed $500 Million on this silly bullshit and light bulbs went off in everybodys’ heads – if this fat, lisping, moron can do it: SO CAN I!

    It isn’t based on “science:” it’s based on fear – a fear engendered by ignorance and superstition – a fear of the future – the irrational panic of a herd mentality when confronted with loud noises – “sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

    Lemmings into the sea; buffalo over the cliff; shoals of sardines into the nets.

    izlamo delenda est …

  11. Cortez knows for a fact electricity comes from the socket in the wall. And if you plug your power strip into itself the electricity is free.🤪


Comments are closed.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!