2011 is being hailed as the year of the electric car, or certainly the year that the electric car becomes available to the general public for everyday use. There are a host of new electric cars entering the market in 2011 and 2012 and every major car manufacturer now has plans to introduce an electric vehicle in the next three years. We all know that an electric vehicle has zero tailpipe emissions and the popular counter argument is usually “what about the emissions at the power station”? This Ecometrica paper answers that question by presenting a definitive figure of gCO2/km for UK electric cars when CO2 emissions at the power station are taken into account. Based on a range of electric cars that you can buy in the UK this year and next the average emissions are 75 gCO2/km.
To read the full paper and view the associated calculations, please use the links below to the PDF and Appendix spreadsheet.