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The Truth About Zero Emissions Vehicles

By October 14, 2016 No Comments

Guilty of Greenwashing!
Zero emissions vehicles aren’t.

Brad Couch
CNG Business Development Manager at Ariel

EV moniker commits 5 of the 7 (maybe 6) deadly sins of greenwashing as defined by Underwriters Laboratories, yeah the UL folks!

Calling a vehicle “Zero Emissions” when over its life-cycle produces slightly more or less carbon (and other pollution) than its gasoline counterpart is an outright falsehood.

Even BioCNG vehicles which science has proven to be carbon neutral to carbon negative, which vastly outperforms EV’s, still has emissions. There is no such thing today as a Zero Emissions Vehicle!

Greenwashing as defined by UL says: Green∙wash (grēn’wŏsh’, -wôsh’) – verb: “the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.”

In a report last year from the University of Toronto, research documented the EV life-cycle and how it ranged from slightly worse to slightly better than its gasoline counterpart based on from where the electricity to charge its batteries was sourced. Here is the link to the article by the CBC Radio Canada, the Canadian equivalent of America’s NPR. If its slightly better or worse, how is it “Zero Emissions”?

Or if you prefer a European source, here is the Copenhagen Consensus Center’s presentation of their research with supporting research found here. They illustrate that in America, on the average electricity grid, an EV performs only about 10% better than its gasoline counterpart over the vehicles lifecycle (emissions to produce, operate and scrap/recycle). Again, is this “Zero Emissions”?

Or if you prefer our own American minds, the US Gov’s Energy Information Agency (EIA) shows, when you average the American power grid, an average small EV produces around 7-8 pounds of carbon per day to operate (doesn’t include carbon cost of production or scrapping/recycling). A comparable gasoline vehicle, around 13 pounds (and of course a BioCNG carbon neutral vehicle, zero). Find the EIA information and source report here. How is 7-8 pounds per day “Zero Emissions”?

Here is the list from UL of the 7 deadly sins of greenwashing. You tell me how many you think are violated by EV public relations, advertising and marketing, 5? 6? None?

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Article Courtesy of Brad Couch / LinkedIn – See original article here