Nissan VP: It's Bullshit That Electric Vehicles Emit More than Gas Cars
At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan executive vice-president Andy Palmer presented his personal take on claims that electric automobiles simply transfer emissions from the vehicle's tailpipe to the countless electricity-generating smokestacks across the globe.
According to Palmer, electric vehicles never pollute as much as comparable gasoline-fueled automobiles. In fact, Palmer stated that "it's complete bullshit" to assume that electric vehicles emit more than gas-burning autos. “First of all, if you talk about tank-to-tank, the amount of CO2 consumed from creating the electricity to getting it to the car—is it zero emissions?" said Palmer. "The answer is no, you consume carbon energy in creating the energy, and that’s true.” But Palmer continued, “If you look across the world as a whole, electric cars are the lowest of the CO2 burners, when we talk about creation-to-use."
While Palmer admitted that an exclusively coal-powered Nissan LEAF would emit more CO2 than a hybrid vehicle such as the Toyota Prius, he states that there isn't a nation that relies solely on coal for 100 percent of its electricity.
Palmer admits that electric vehicles could pollute much less if the act of generating electricity was made greener across the globe. As Palmer stated, "Now, what we try to do is we try to talk to governments to say 'how about cleaning up the generation of electricity, how about using more clean, more sustainable energy rather than going with coal burning’. The more they clean up electricity, the more compelling the story."
"I think it's fair to say that in every case, an electric car emits less CO2 than an internal combustion engine," said Palmer.
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