At a glance
- There is a lot of science-backed evidence that electric cars are ‘greener’ than petrol and diesel powered alternatives
- But it’s complicated, with a lot of different factors influencing the ‘green-ness’ of an individual vehicle
- Find out what makes electric vehicles green – but also their unsustainable consequences
- Learn what can make an individual vehicle more or less eco-friendly
- What is a carbon footprint?
- How do electric cars help the environment?
- What could make electric cars more eco-friendly?
- What are the environmental pros of owning an electric car?
- Are there environmental cons to owning an electric car?
- So, are EVs really green?
If you’re thinking of buying an electric vehicle (EV), then there’s a good chance that climate change is one factor influencing your decision. A 2020 poll by YouGov found that ‘the environment’ was the top reason people bought EV’s across Europe and the UK. And a recent Hyundai study found that just over half of Brits are looking to become more green, so a ‘cleaner’ vehicle could help them do this.
But are electric cars green in reality? While EV manufacturers are keen to promote them as part of the solution to climate change, it’s sensible to take those claims with a pinch of salt.
Let’s look at how green electric cars really are, and the factors which influence their sustainability. The good news is that, in practically all cases, they are better for the environment than petrol/diesel-powered cars with an internal combustion engine (ICE). Still, the picture gets a little more complex when you dig deeper…