DOE Study: EVs Are Getting Greener

A new study by the U.S. Department of Energy reveals that lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions for a 2020 small electric SUV were half those of a conventional gasoline small SUV. (Volvo)

With no tailpipe emissions, electric vehicles (EVs) are widely considered a cleaner choice over gas-powered cars. Yet concerns over a vehicle’s lifetime greenhouse gas emissions, which take into consideration pollution from elements such as harvesting the materials to generating fuel, have drawn criticism. According to a recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report, the total lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions savings from a small electric SUV versus its gas-powered counterpart are significant. They will grow increasingly so as EVs gain market share.