Not as green as they’re painted

The Dog & Lemon Guide says that electric cars aren’t as green as they’re painted.

That can be said of a lot of claims about things which are supposed to be better for the environment.

Many are just greenwash based on feel-good factors rather than fact.

It’s a bit like “lite” foods which may have less fat but use a lot more sugar than the supposedly less “lite” foods with which they’re competing.

The only way to counter spurious claims of healthier options, for the planet or people, is with proper analysis.

It’s time the people and companies making green claims were made to back them up with science.

We’ve got only one world and we all have a responsibility to be good stewards of it.

But if we let the greenwashers get away with their campaigns making the effort to be environmentally friendly might be making matters worse.

2 Responses to Not as green as they’re painted

  1. scrubone says:

    But there’s the problem that his claims are nonsense.

    I heard (on National Radio) months ago someone from the electricity sector discussing this very thing. The comment was that even if *all* the electricity generated for a national fleet of electric cars was from fossil fuels, we’d still be better off.

    The reason of course, is quite simple. Large power plants are a lot more efficient, both in design and maintenance.

    Plus, all your pollution is in one place. Putting a filter on the smokestacks at Huntly is a lot easier than putting them on each individual car in the country. If the CO2 scrubbers I’ve read about become commercially available, it’ll be a lot easier to to use them on a few power plants than millions of cars.

  2. Mark D says:

    Granted power stations are much more efficient at producing power and much better able to handle emmissions and remove pollution. However there are massive transmission losses in getting the electricity from the power station to the end use point. These have a huge impact on overall efficiency.
    In the absence of Nuclear power generation and as our hydro generation is currently all committed, additional load to power cars would all be generated by fossil fuels.
    Now all that’s left is to cover the expensive and polluting battery technology … OK I’m not yet convinced about electric cars.

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