Electric vehicles cleaner than fossil fuel alternatives

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 the EEA

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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