Not quite so green
Battery production currently the Achilles heel of electric vehicles
Car enthusiasts used to (and still) prefer to discuss their engine’s horsepower. It’s different with electric vehicles, where almost no one talks about engines. The battery, its performance and range, and the relevant charging infrastructure are the crucial topics. Reports on the current state of play regarding battery development, their performance capacity, and production processes are therefore particularly important for the commercial success of electric vehicles (EVs). This is because consumers still have many reservations about electrically powered vehicles and the high-voltage batteries needed to drive them.
Anyone wishing to better understand the environmental impact of electric vehicles will also encounter questions that the industry tends to keep under wraps. For example:
- How sustainable is the battery that is used – not only in terms of its production, but also during its service life and afterwards?
- From an overall perspective and taking carbon emissions into account, are modern cars with internal combustion engines really more harmful than battery-powered vehicles ?
When are electric vehicles really green?
Current carbon emissions in the traffic and transport sector are too high to meet the Paris climate targets. For this reason, policymakers and industry are now pushing electrically powered transport. However, one aspect of this often remains neglected, namely the extent to which battery production damages the climate. Or to put it another way: When are electric vehicles really green?