Around the globe, there is a distinct resistance to the push towards a 100% Electric Vehicles (EV’s), with an amazing collection of excuses and statistics attempting to discredit or mislead consumers. The naysayers are pushing consumers into continuing to purchase and Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles (ICEV’s). But the question still remains, how do EV’s actually compare to their ICEV alternatives?
A common argument is that Vehicles charged off Coal-Fired Power Stations, are just as dirty as a fossil-fuelled vehicle. The Institute For Energy Research state, based on 2011 statistics, that electricity generated by coal-fired power stations costs 3.23 cents per Kilowatt hour to produce. Which according to blueskymodel.org, produces 1.8 pounds of C0². While greentransportation.info stated that a Gallon of Gasoline Fuel consumes 6 Kwh’s of Electricity in the refining process. As stated the imperfections of the argument are that other products are produced at the same time. Notwithstanding, those other derivatives would be produced regardless, essentially making it a moot point.
So let’s get down to some comparisons, starting with the comparison from greentransportation.info, stating, based on the Nissan Leaf, that EV’s consume 6 Kwh’s of Electricity to travel 20 Miles. To calculate that in real terms, that’s just less than 20 cents worth of electricity used to travel 20 Miles, with a C0² output of 5.5 pounds.
While also stating that a gallon of Gasoline, using 6Kwh’s of Electricity to travel the average of 24 Miles per Gallon, which, according to feuleconomy.gov produces 20 Pounds of C0². However, this only focuses on the use of that fuel itself.
Let’s consider for a moment the processes involved in getting that Gallon of Gasoline in your car in the first place, pumping into delivery vehicles would consume electricity of an unidentifiable quantity. While the transport of the fuel, dependant on where you live also consumes fuel, which comes associated with its own set of electricity consumption and carbon emissions. Then finally, you must also include the Service Stations electricity consumption, including the Pumps, Computers, Air Conditioning and Lighting. This is also an unidentifiable quantity of electricity consumption per Gallon of Fuel.
In summary, a comparison of environmental, and financial consequences of the 2 different types of vehicle, can’t possibly be truly identified. With actual electricity consumption of a Gallon of Gasoline, possibly in the realms of 10 – 15 Kwh’s per Gallon, producing at least 25.5 pounds of C0².