What is the environmental impact of electric vehicles?

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Electric vehicles play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and harmful particulate matter, thereby improving air quality in cities. In addition, they also significantly reduce noise pollution, making cities a better place for people.

While it is true that, unlike internal combustion cars, they do not expel noxious particles when they circulate, they do generate pollution in the manufacturing process and in the production of the electricity that drives them, if this does not come from renewable energy. In any case, the overall figures are much lower than those of conventional vehicles powered by fossil fuels. According to various studies prepared at the European level, and taking into account all possible criteria such as the amount of CO₂ emitted when electricity is produced or fuel is burned, as well as the carbon impact of extracting resources for batteries or building a power plant, from its manufacture, an electric vehicle emits on average in Europe almost three times less carbon dioxide (CO₂) than is expelled into the atmosphere by an equivalent gasoline or diesel car.