Study dispels myth that electric cars pollute as much as gas-powered cars due to ‘dirty’ grid

A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) is debunking that with “a global comparison of the life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of combustion engine and electric passenger cars.”

The ICCT looked at the entire life cycle from sourcing of the battery materials to the production of the vehicle, both BEVs and ICEs, and then compiled driving data in different markets to get an average life-cycle emission from the use of the vehicles.

The group then used the electricity mix of each region (Europe, US, China, and India) to develop average lifetime emissions.

It resulted in battery-electric vehicles having far fewer emissions than gasoline-powered cars in all markets: