A typical mid-size electric vehicle (EV) can generate up to 67 per cent lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than a petrol-driven internal combustion engine (ICE) car on a well-to-wheel basis but the location in which they are driven is a crucial factor, according to consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie.
WoodMac said in a report that an EV can only displace up to half of the GHG emissions of an ICE gasoline car based on the existing electricity generation mix in developing economies such as China and India which are still heavily dependent on coal for power generation.
“Comparing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from an EV and an ICE car is not straightforward. It’s worth noting that, even though EVs have zero tailpipe emissions, they are not GHG emissions-free when evaluated on a well-to-wheel basis,” said Aman Verma, a research analyst at WoodMac.
“When there is a high share of coal or other fossil fuels in the power mix, typical in APAC countries, the competitiveness of EVs versus ICE cars decreases,” he added. Read More
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