CloseClose
Poll

Which political party offers the best policies for the fleet industry?
 

View the poll
Fleet Events

Electric cars’ ‘zero emissions’ under the spotlight

Which? has compared the carbon dioxide created by charging electric cars with that emitted by the most efficient diesel models and found that sometimes there’s not a great deal of difference.

The common manufacturer claim that electric cars produce ‘zero emissions’ ignores the fact that most drivers use a conventional electricity supply to charge them, which has a carbon cost from burning fossil fuels.

They found, for example, that the electric Smart Fortwo creates an equivalent of 84 grams of CO2 per kilometre driven, whereas the diesel Smart Fortwo emits 103 grams.
However, electric cars are much greener than diesel cars when it comes to localised emissions, as they don’t emit toxic chemicals that degrade air quality. This is especially significant in cities, where the uptake of electric cars is predicted to be highest.

Richard Headland, editor, Which? Car, says: "We applaud carmakers’ efforts to create greener cars – but we don’t agree with their ‘zero emissions’ claims. Until more electricity is produced from renewable sources in the UK, the carbon footprint of driving an electric car may not be as small as owners think."

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Comment as guest

Login  /  Register

Comments

No comments have been made yet.

Advertisement feature:

How secure is your fuel payment solution?

The fuel card market is failing fleet managers when it comes to security. The industry's heavy reliance on magnetic stripe cards is a significant weak spot in modern-day card security- a weak spot criminals are keen to take advantage of.

Advertisement feature:

How can Telogis Route save you time and money?

It is increasingly important to get visibility into tomorrow’s plans today.

Click here to download this ebook to explore the benefits of route optimisation technology.

Advertisement feature:

Introducing electric vehicles into your fleet

Every organisation in the UK is looking for new, more efficient ways to meet the increasingly complex demands of keeping their business moving.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.