January 6, 2017

Time To Look Under The Hood Of Electric Vehicles


Consumers are faced more choices than ever. While some environmentalists are pushing the narrative that electric vehicles are a “eco-friendly alternative” to traditional vehicle, electric vehicles are simply terrible for the environment.

Electric vehicles have a higher upkeep cost than gas-powered vehicles.  Electric vehicles also reap massive, taxpayer-funded subsidies.

What’s more, the negative environmental impact of electric cars is undebatable. Electric vehicles are made with rare earth from places like China, with gross environmental violations.

The environmental impact of electric vehicles goes beyond just manufacturing. The American Economic Association (AEA) recently examined the multi-state impact of electric cars on air pollution:

Electric cars are much cleaner, on the surface at least. They are often billed as “zero emissions vehicles” because they don’t emit any exhaust into the air. But the electricity used to power them has to be generated somewhere, and in certain parts of the United States the resulting power plants emissions might be worse than what’s coming out of the tailpipe.

The environmental cost is so high, a recent Wall Street Journal article noted that if electric vehicles were adopted worldwide, it would bring little environmental benefit and barely reduce global emissions:

A new study from Arthur D. Little finds that, over its lifecycle, an electric car will generate just 23% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a gasoline-powered car. If every car on earth were electric, this translates into a mere 1.8% decline in total emissions.

The same study noted that BEV [Battery Electric Vehicles] have “3 times greater Human Toxicity Potential” compared to other vehicles.

It seems one fact is crystal clear: the electric vehicles environmentalists dream of are built at a nightmarish cost.