The carbon emissions of driving 10,000 miles:
Average Electric Vehicle 0.96t CO2e *
Average Petrol Car 2.99t CO2e
Average Diesel car 2.88t CO2e
- vehicle charged from UK mains electricity
All of the sources I’ve seen that make a big deal of such things seem to assume that we’ll dig stuff up, make an EV, then throw it in a hole. The whole process being powered by coal-fired boilers.
As the Union of Concerned Scientists points out, as soon as the vehicle is driven, the picture changes.
“By the end of their lives, gas-powered cars spew out almost twice as much global warming pollution than the equivalent electric car.”
Far from perfect, but not a bad effort.
The most egregiously misleading analyses seem to assume that everything is made from freshly-mined materials, which are thrown away after a single use. If we get our recycling act together, the picture also changes substantially. If the recycling is done with renewable energy - well, you get the idea.
As I said, we need to change a lot - and fast. Concentrating on one small sector and complaining that it doesn’t do everything is a variant of the nirvana fallacy. Fortunately, the changes seem to be happening in spite of troglodyte politicians.