The emissions of electric cars and internal combustion engine vehicles were also compared.
Back in April, we wrote about the research whose authors assessed how much the use of electric cars would save healthcare systems from . A similar study has now been published, which, however, analyzed the rate of deaths due to carbon dioxide emissions – reports Ars Technica. The paper refers to Nature Communications’ research at the end of last year, according to which global CO2 emissions increased by 4,434 tons in 2020 alone: this amount, by the way, is 3.5 times the average American the carbon footprint of a person’s entire life. According to the research, this emission level will result in at least one new death in the period 2020-2100. The latter is a very important statement, because it is rarely mentioned in connection with the emission that the harmful effects of the current emission are cumulative over a long period of time. According to Nature Communications estimates, the number of deaths due to harmful emissions could be as high as 83 million in the period ahead. How much does the electric car help with this? The research inspired Ben Hause, author of Ars Technica, who wondered how many deaths could be avoided by zero-emission electric cars. To do this, he read Tesla’s recently released 2020 Impact Report report, which analyzed the environmental, social and governmental effects of the company’s activities. Eszernit, during the entire life cycle of the average car equipped with an internal combustion engine – i.e. including the production and the afterlife of the car – 450 grams of carbon dioxide are belched into the outside world per mile (1.6 kilometers). Hause calculated that with an average car, its owner drives roughly 150,000 miles, or 241,401 kilometers. Based on Hause’s calculations, an average gasoline car burdens the environment with 68 tons of carbon dioxide. True, then we haven’t talked about the vehicles sold on the secondary markets, with which they do this much at least once more, so this number can be much higher.