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  • Are Electric Cars Worse For The Environment? Myth Busted.

    Electric cars are touted as a solution for reducing emissions and improving the environmental impacts of transportation, but are electric cars actually any better for the environment than gasoline cars? This video looks to answer three main questions:
    1) Doesn't EV battery production cause a lot of emissions?
    2) Don't electric cars get their power from fossil fuels?
    3) Isn't lithium mining terrible for the environment? References: MIT Emissions Study - https://bit.ly/2zeYfqd
    Cradle To Grave Emissions Estimates - https://bit.ly/2rEhB4D
    Vehicle Production Emission Estimates (Low) - https://bit.ly/2yGoEh8
    Vehicle Production Emission Estimates - https://bit.ly/2yoX6hC
    Vehicle Production Emission Estimates (High) - https://bit.ly/2dhB1Tu
    EV Battery Production Emissions - https://bit.ly/2yCMwSY
    End Of Life Emissions - https://bit.ly/2ETHh77
    Annual Vehicle Use Emissions - https://bit.ly/2Sxo65K

    "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
    Ernest Hemingway.

    Sapere aude.

  • #2
    Anyone have thoughts on this topic? I like the idea of driving in less polluted rush hour traffic and as I live in the center of a city the pollution would be less at my house. Because of problems with distribution I'm not sure natural gas isn't better if the compression issue was solved.
    We hunt the hunters

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Achtung Baby View Post
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      2) Don't electric cars get their power from fossil fuels?
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      Not if there is a move to renewables. One of the big arguments against renewables was always that the wind don't blow and the sun don't shine consistently but if renewable produced electricity is being used mainly to charge batteries then this becomes less of an issue
      Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
      Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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      • #4
        Who says besides the international corporations that the best answers are the same all around the world? Of course the efficiency of scale is a factor but it is a market that startups have struggled in.
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        • #5
          Yes, they are, both because of the extra energy requirements to charge them, still generated by conventional means, and because of the toxicity of the lithium ion batteries.

          There is no such thing as a free lunch.
          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
            Yes, they are, both because of the extra energy requirements to charge them, still generated by conventional means, and because of the toxicity of the lithium ion batteries.

            There is no such thing as a free lunch.
            You got it there! They aren't the most energy efficient.
            Also, IIRC, lithium isn't very plentiful
            TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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