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A day of zero emissions — the car debate

I can feel proud of my bit for the environment today. I’ve an entirely zero emissions

When I woke up, I grabbed a bowl of zero emissions and poured on some zero milk. I had to iron my shirt for but luckily I own a zero emissions as well.

Then it was time to the (delayed) zero emissions into the office and get to work on my emissions computer and telephone.

ridiculous doesn’t it? For a start, the phone and iron all run on distinctly emissions electricity straight the national grid, whose is

Even the milk isn’t emissions. As the new label reliably me, a single pint of semi-skimmed costs the earth 700g of That’s the equivalent of five and a miles in a Seat Leon R.

So, in essence, electric cars are not emissions either. They are powered by energy from the grid, and therefore should with a CO2 emissions figures like combustion-powered cars.

have even argued the would not be much, and blows the emissions argument out of the water and for all.

Except it doesn’t.

As an the Citroen C3 Airdream+ emits 99g/km of CO2. It’s an low amount even for a small and even allows it to qualify for road tax and exemption from the congestion charge under the new set to come into force in 2011.


I would imagine the figure of would be much higher the process used to find the extract it and make it ready to be into the frugal little of the C3 is taken into account.

there are no definite figures to this, and even if there car makers would not be shouting from the rooftops.

In a way, it makes the zero claims from manufacturers of vehicles seem plausible. Why they be judged on the same as their petrol and diesel-powered

Which brings us to the overriding – there is no way to measure electric against combustion counterparts yet.

Petrol and diesel CO2 emissions figures show the of CO2 released from driving per driven, it doesn’t take account anything else with the supply of the fuel in the place.

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It is a reliable indicator comparing petrol and diesel (ignoring the glaring omissions as particulates and NOx for the sake of the argument) each other.

But, it means electric simply can’t be compared to and diesel cars. By the very they are electric people they released no tailpipe and any ‘zero emissions’ claims are redundant.

However, an electric car itself a zero emissions is as helpful as my zero emissions and zero emissions phonecall.

happens when a genuine car, built using energy, powered by renewable and completely recyclable comes If electric cars use the zero-emissions there is nothing left for the car are striving to actually build.

The solution is to scrap the g/km for electric cars and come up another system to rate cars against each which acknowledges the environmental of each individual car instead of the ‘zero CO2 emissions’ moniker.

This could be cost per in electricity, which could the efficiency of the electric powertrain, or it be something else entirely.

In the the debate over the g/km of an car rumbles on from critics and alike. My advice is; don’t Electric cars aren’t the solution, but they need to be on their own merits and limits, not on the of a completely different method of vehicles.

In the same way, car makers sell their electric on facts. Just don’t their eco-credentials to a combustion car – it simply doesn’t work.

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