The study painted a like-for-like picture, taking into account the models’ entire carbon footprint.
A new study by Volvo shows that manufacturing EVs generate 70 per cent more emissions compared to the production of conventional fossil-fueled cars.
For the study, the Swedish carmaker compared a conventional ICE-powered XC40 SUV with its electric counterpart, the C40 Recharge. The study painted a like-for-like picture, taking into account the models’ entire carbon footprint. This includes the raw materials sourcing, production process, fuelling and driving a distance of 2 lakh km, before coming up with the results.
The results showed that although both cars are manufactured in the same factory, use the same platform and share multiple components, the C40 Recharge generated 70 per cent more emissions.
However, the study also stated that while the production process might generate more emissions, over the course of a car’s lifespan, EVs do reach a breakeven point, after which their carbon footprint is lower than ICE vehicles.
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