EU electric car policies 'will increase CO2 levels'

Policies designed to promote electric cars contained in EU legislation to reduce car CO2 emissions agreed last December will increase rather than decrease total emissions from road transport, green mobility group T&E said in a report released on Thursday.

Electric cars are counted as "zero emissions" under the law, even though the electricity they use can come from coal, the group points out. Director Jos Dings told reporters that electric cars using coal-based electricity often have a higher carbon footprint than conventional cars.

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