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How high are the CO2 emissions from electric cars?

It is important to consider the entire life cycle of a vehicle from production through operation to scrapping or recycling. The production of electric cars causes greater CO2 and other emissions than gasoline and diesel vehicles due to the battery. However, thanks to the very small emissions generated by the operation of electric vehicles, these emissions are offset after approx. 30,000 kilometers. This is a conservative view that does not yet take into account any recycling of the electric batteries or a second use (e.g. as a photovoltaic storage battery).


The CO2 emissions that result from the operation of battery vehicles depend on how the required electricity is produced. The typical Swiss electricity mix, i.e. electricity like this on average comes from a socket in Switzerland, already has a relatively large share of renewable energy. Of course, it is even better if the electricity is produced entirely using renewable energy such as photovoltaics.

The following graphic shows the CO2 emissions for cars with internal combustion engines, electric vehicles with batteries, and for fuel cell cars. Not only are the emissions due to the fuel used shown, but the entire life cycle including the production of body, drive and battery / tank is taken into account. The emissions for the construction and maintenance of the road infrastructure are also included in the calculation. The graphic shows that electric cars only cause around half as much emissions as cars with internal combustion engines.