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Electric cars aren't as green as they claim...

Posted by Leighanne: Sept 05, 2017 2 min read

One of the arguments we come across frequently in the industry is that electric cars aren't actually as green as they claim to be.

Some argue that due to the complexity of the batteries it takes more energy to produce the cars, others claim that the disposal of the lithium batteries could cause an environmental hazard.

So, we have decided to put together a list to prove that electric cars are as green as they claim.

Here’s a list of ways electric cars help the environment:

1. Less pollution

By driving an electric car you are helping to reduce harmful air pollution from exhaust emissions as EVs have zero exhaust emissions.

2. Environmentally friendly materials

Manufacturers are moving towards more environmentally friendly materials and ways of producing EVs.

For example, the Ford Focus Electric is made up of recycled materials and the Nissan Leaf is partly made out of materials such as recycled water bottles and plastic bags.

3. Renewable energy

If you use renewable energy to recharge your EV, you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions even further. Drivers can recharge their EVs from a solar PV system during the day instead of from the grid.

4. Health benefits of switching to electric

It reduces harmful exhaust emissions which is great news for our health. Better air quality will lead to fewer health problems, with over 40,000 deaths a year linked to air pollution in the UK.

EVs are also quieter than ICE vehicles, which means less noise pollution.

As you can see by the above list there are many ways in which electric cars benefit the environment and therefore are as green as they claim, with new solutions being developed to make them even greener.

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