Electric cars in Germany are emitting more CO2 than diesel vehicles, according to a German study.
By including the CO2 emissions from the production of batteries, the study by the Ifo Institute in MunichÂ found thatÂ electric vehicles attribute 11% to 28% more CO2 than their diesel counterparts.
â€œMining and processing the lithium, cobalt and manganese used for batteries consume a great deal of energy,â€Â reportedÂ the Brussels Times. â€œA Tesla Model 3 battery, for example, represents between 11 and 15 tonnes of CO2.â€
â€œGiven a lifetime of 10 years and an annual travel distance of 15,000 kilometers, this translates into 73 to 98 grams of CO2 per kilometer, scientists Christoph Buchal, Hans-Dieter Karl and Hans-Werner Sinn noted in their study.â€
Additionally, the study pointed out that itâ€™s not just the production phase; charging the batteries of electric cars also produces more CO2 due to the increased production of energy required for charging.
That led to the studyâ€™s authors criticizing EU regulations that claim fleet emissions for electric vehicles start out at â€œzeroâ€ CO2.
The authors believe that methane-powered gasoline engines are worth looking into instead.
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