Most of us have at least one car that we use for commuting, the school run or for shopping. And most of us are increasingly aware of the impacts that our vehicles are having on the environment. These include the health effects of local air pollution. And given an emission of around 1.5 tonnes of CO2 each year, cars are a major source of climate change GHG emissions.
Many of us are interested in switching to a lower emission electric vehicle, but are concerned about the high purchase costs and their limited driving range. The graphics below from Carbon Brief show the latest data on ‘life-cycle’ EV emissions compared to a standard car.