08.22.2021

The tough calculus of emissions and the future of EVs

By Mark Mills

From materials and batteries to manufacturing, calculating the real carbon cost of EVs is just getting started

Investors and politicians embracing a vision of an all-electric car future believe that path will significantly reduce global carbon dioxide emissions. That’s far from clear.

A growing body of research points to the likelihood that widespread replacement of conventional cars with EVs would likely have a relatively small impact on global emissions. And it’s even possible that the outcome would increase emissions.

Mark Mills is the author of the forthcoming book, “The Cloud Revolution: How the Convergence of New Technologies Will Unleash the Next Economic Boom and a Roaring 2020s.” He is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and a member of the CO2 Coalition.

This article appeared on the TechCrunch website at https://techcrunch.com/2021/08/22/the-tough-calculus-of-emissions-and-the-future-of-evs/

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