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Watchdog says electric ‘are as dirty as diesel’

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Electric may portray themselves as ‘zero but the overall pollution they can be almost as great as a frugal diesel car, consumer said today.

Electric are a lot more expensive to buy — they are generally cheaper to run as plug in for their power the domestic mains, say experts at

The amount of carbon dioxide the so-called ‘greenhouse gas’ by scientists for global warming created to generate the electricity an electric car, can be just as as that created by the internal engine, they say.

A clean set of wheels? Research that the Nissan Leaf car, pictured, produces CO2 similar to a VW Golf

The main is that while a conventional emissions come out of the vehicle’s pipe, those created by an car are generated at the power station supplies the electricity.

The findings as the first ever electric car to the European crash test was — the Mitsubishi i-MiEVsuper-mini getting four stars out of a five.

Experts at Which? the carbon dioxide created by electric cars with emitted by the most efficient models and concluded:’Sometimes there’s not a deal of difference.’

And the gap is narrowing as ‘conventional’ cars up game to cut emissions.

The Which? noted:’The common manufacturer that electric cars ‘zero emissions’ ignores the that most drivers use a electricity supply to charge which has a carbon cost burning fossil fuels.

Fuelling the debate: The Mitsubishi i one of three electric cars put their paces by Which?

To its theory, Which? looked at of the first electric cars to hit the UK market and put them up against ‘efficient’ conventional rivals.

found, for example, that the Smart Fortwo, expected to around £21,000, creates an of 84 grams of CO2 per kilometre driven, the £9,540 diesel Smart emits 103 grams.

It also compared the Nissan the £23,990 electric car, Volkswagen’s diesel Golf 1.6 TDi costing £16,830.

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The electric generated to drive the Leaf is to CO2 emissions of 81g/km.By contrast, the Golf has CO2 emissions of 108g/km.

Two were also compared.

found that the power to power the £24,045 Mitsubishi electric car was equivalent to 68g/km.

similarly sized Suzuki costing £10,410 with a diesel engine has CO2 emissions of

However, electric cars are ‘greener’ than diesel when it comes to localised as they don’t emit chemicals that degrade air This is especially significant in where the uptake of electric is predicted to be highest, says

The consumer report concludes:’While we agree with the car makers’ emissions’ claims, we can’t their efforts to create cars.’

Richard Headland, Which? Car, said: applaud car makers’ efforts to greener cars – but we don’t with their ‘zero claims. Until more is produced from renewable in the UK, the carbon footprint of driving an car may not be as small as owners think.’

The adds that electric are still costly — more than double the — despite a £5,000 subsidy:’Electric cars offer a lower-carbon output and cheaper costs, but are expensive compared their traditional counterparts and not as


There is also a ‘big over their second value as traders will be More than seven out of ten (71 per of more than 2,000 members surveyed said were concerned about the short range of electric

To measure the carbon dioxide by charging an electric car, followed the advice of the Carbon which states that of CO2 are emitted per kilowatt hour of used. Which? converted to an equivalent ‘grams per kilometre’ CO2 to make it easier to compare cars with the diesel

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