Fully electric vehicles are already greener over their lifespan than petrol or diesel models and will become more so as Europe’s electricity grids decarbonise, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report.
While electric cars have a considerably higher environmental impact in their manufacture, their lifetime carbon footprint in the EU is around 17-30% lower than petrol or diesel vehicles, the report notes. By 2050, they could up to 73% lower as member states move to towards zero-carbon electricity supplies.
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