As the world of electric cars becomes increasingly more popular across the United States- a main question has been raised- Are they the answer to the country’s emissions problem? While they successfully limit dependance on foreign oil and reduce air pollution, studies show that they have little effect in actually combating climate change.
The study broadened the scope of most electric vehicle (EV) assumptions and examined the total “ripple effect” of implementation of the vehicles including production costs and governmental policy changes. As worldwide EV production is projected to increase by approximately 67% just this year to more than 400,000 vehicles, this study comes at a time of understanding just how much impact EV can have on future emissions. After modeling 108 differing future scenarios that included not only greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles but also factories and other emitting sources, it was deduced that even at the highest levels of EV deployment scenarios of low battery prices and high oil prices, EV vehicles would still only compose a mere 40% of the market vehicles driven globally by 2050 and would have minimal impact on reducing total harmful emissions.
The main reason for this lack of impact on future emissions? Personal vehicles only account for 1/5 of US greenhouse gas emissions. Many EV advocates confirm that this study should not be misinterpreted and used as ammunition against EV development- it is in fact the opposite. With many benefits stemming from the EV movement, the purpose of the study is to challenge the “single solution” mantra held by many. In order to fully mitigate harmful greenhouse gas emissions, additional policy and technological advancements in other polluting sectors are necessary in addition to electric vehicles in order to truly make an impact for future emissions levels.
For more details regarding this study visit this site: Electric Cars Alone Won’t Drive a Drop in U.S. Emissions: Study