Electric cars are better for the environment, no matter the power source

Friday, May 26, 2023 - 09:03 in Physics & Chemistry

An Ioniq 6 electric vehicle. Hyundai These days, it seems like every carmaker—from those focused on luxury options to those with an eye more toward the economical—is getting into electric vehicles. And with new US policies around purchasing incentives and infrastructure improvements, consumers might be more on board as well. But many people are still concerned about whether electric vehicles are truly better for the environment overall, considering certain questions surrounding their production process.  Despite concerns about the pollution generated from mining materials for batteries and the manufacturing process for the EVs themselves, the environmental and energy experts PopSci spoke to say that across the board, electric vehicles are still better for the environment than similar gasoline or diesel-powered models.  When comparing a typical commercial electric vehicle to a gasoline vehicle of the...

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