Electric vehicles are more carbon intensive to produce compared to petrol cars, but drivers make up that extra carbon cost with just 7,000 miles of driving in the UK, new analysis has revealed.

An average medium-sized petrol car, around the size of a VW Golf, causes around 7.2 tonnes of carbon emissions to produce, according to analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), an independent research organisation based in Berlin.

By comparison, producing a similar-sized electric car results in around 9.2 tonnes of carbon emissions. The extra pollution associated with an EV can be largely attributed to the battery, which is carbon intensive to manufacture.

But ICCT’s analysis reveals that this ‘carbon debt’ can be made up after 7,061 miles of driving an electric vehicle in the UK.

While petrol cars spew fumes from their exhaust pipe, electric cars run on grid electricity and so produce far fewer emissions when on the move.

ICCT calculated that a battery electric car running on UK grid electricity produces 35g of CO2 per km, compared to an average petrol car which emits 211g of CO2 per km.

In England the average new car is driven for around 10,400 miles in each of its first three years on the road, according to the RAC. Based on this mileage, a new electric car ‘breaks even’ with a petrol car in less than a year.

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