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Electric Cars Are Low On CO2: Gas Is The Best. Forget SUVs

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by: Sharai Hoekema
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Each and every car commercial that you see these days will boast the same characteristics. A smart, sleek car, voice-controlled, and as green and thrifty as they come. According to the automotive industry, you will be hard pressed to find an industry as environmentally friendly. They should know that we are all on to them - cars are not clean. Period.

Electric Cars: Ecotest

This point was once again proven by the ADAC Ecotest 2019. Out of the 122 cars tested, a mere 6 received the maximum rating of 5 stars. As it turns out, electric, hybrid and natural gas cars can be equally clean. And sorry, middle-aged men around the world: this does not hold for SUVs and sport cars.

Click Here For The Complete Test of 122 Cars And Mouseclick to Enlarge

Fair is fair, the intent of these car producers should be applauded. Where car adverts used to boast about speed and luxury features in the past, they are now all about green labels and environmental impact. Which is great. Sustainable cars can do their part in reducing the world’s CO2 emissions, so we should cheer for all attempts to create more of them.


                                  2020 Toyota Prius Prime - A fuel-sipping supercar, seventh out of 122 cars

Low On CO2: Smaller Electric Cars Do Well

When assessing cars on their sustainability, one should look at the entire life cycle of the car - from cradle to wreck. This means that electric cars are not necessarily scoring low on CO2. There are, after all, emissions associated with its production process. Some producers are dedicated to using green energy sources, which makes for a better score below the line, while others still use ‘dirty’ energy to produce those oh-so-green batteries.

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Size matters, with smaller cars generally saving more energy and thus being greener. This includes the BMW i3 and Kia e-Niro, both of which raked in the coveted 5 star rating. A similar electric car in the larger cars category, the Audi e-tron 55 quattro, ‘only’ scored 3 stars. The increased weight of the car made it less green than you would think. 

BMW i3, Blue, garage

Forget SUVs: High CO₂ Values

This means that the entire SUV-category in the test also fell flat when it came to sustainability. These cars are inherently large and heavy, making them true gas - or electricity - guzzlers that are large emitters. Anyone who looks at the Porsche Macan S should be reprimanded for this very reason. 

Porsche Macan S road, water
Porsche Macan S. A true gas or electricity guzzler that is a large emitter

Natural Gas Is The Best. Gets Top Rating

Not all SUVs should be looked at as harshly. Smaller SUVs, including the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, VW T-Cross 1.6 TDI, and the Renault Captur TCe 150 and the Dacia Duster dCi 115, are rewarded with 4 stars each. The smaller natural gas SUV Seat Arona TGI has even been awarded the top score. So if you do feel compelled to get your hands on a SUV, better look at these brands first.

Seat Arona TGI

Speaking of, you might have noticed that the last vehicle - Seat Arona TGI - is not electric or hybrid, but a ‘regular’ natural gas. It is not the only gas-fuelled car in this test to come out on top. Some cars are able to burn fuel much more cleanly, resulting in relatively low CO2 emissions. This environmentally friendly fuel is supported by the VW group and Fiat, definitely brands to consider if this appeals to you.

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While you might think that hybrid cars are scoring much better in terms of cleanliness, there are some caveats. Some of the latest models combine a high power consumption with partly moderate pollution levels, which makes them far from as green as they claim to be. Actually, cars like the VW Passat GTE, BMW 745e and the Mitsubishi Outlander are combining the worst of two worlds: a battery that requires a lot of power and a fuel engine that is far from the cleanest.

Reliability Of The ADAC Ecotest

The best thing about the ADAC Ecotest is that it compares apples with apples. There is no need to worry about unfair matches being made, or testing categories being entered that favours some and disfavours others. Each car is measured independently, using the same framework of objective and measurable criteria. Based on the number of points generated, cars are awarded anywhere from 1 star (meaning, it is a dirty beast) tot 5 stars (representing a true green star).

Adac ecotest, hand, car, tools

ADAC particularly excels in its treatment of electric cars. It does not automatically assume zero-emission, giving it an unfair advantage over gas-fuelled cars, but it also looks at the exhaust gases related to the power needed for its production. This once again underlines that an electric car is not necessarily the ‘must have’ if you want to be green. You also have to look at the size of the car and its handling of power - which might just mean that a small gas-powered car is outperforming the fully electric SUV in sustainability.

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Alfred de Jager - 1 WEEK AGO
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Strange article.
The CO2 exhaust of electrical cars is zero if you run on solar generated at your house.
Also countries like Norway, Austria, Costa Rica and Uruguay have their whole grid running on renewables.
To understand how many km you need to drive to compensate the CO2 exhausted in the production process compared to driving a gas car you can make statistics. For a Zoe this is in the order of 30.000 km.
Also accounting electric cars on their production process is anyway complex, since you then also have to account gas cars on the production process of creating petrol in the first place. Go hike on the TAR sands in Canada, dive in the Mexican Gulf, visit the rubble in the Middle East and make a fair estimation.
The fact that ADAC makes lists doing this without account for the petrol production process and putting a gas VW on top is comparable to the behaviour during diesel scandal. Slow learners.
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Electric Cars Are Low On CO2: Gas Is The Best. Forget SUVs

Each and every car commercial that you see these days will boast the same characteristics. A smart, sleek car, voice-controlled, and as green and thrifty as they come. According to the automotive industry, you will be hard pressed to find an industry as environmentally friendly. They should know that we are all on to them - cars are not clean. Period. Electric Cars: Ecotest This point was once again proven by the ADAC Ecotest 2019. Out of the 122 cars tested, a mere 6 received the maximum rating of 5 stars. As it turns out, electric, hybrid and natural gas cars can be equally clean. And sorry, middle-aged men around the world: this does not hold for SUVs and sport cars. Click Here For The Complete Test of 122 Cars And Mouseclick to Enlarge Fair is fair, the intent of these car producers should be applauded. Where car adverts used to boast about speed and luxury features in the past, they are now all about green labels and environmental impact. Which is great. Sustainable cars can do their part in reducing the world’s CO2 emissions, so we should cheer for all attempts to create more of them. {youtube}                                   2020 Toyota Prius Prime - A fuel-sipping supercar, seventh out of 122 cars Low On CO2: Smaller Electric Cars Do Well When assessing cars on their sustainability, one should look at the entire life cycle of the car - from cradle to wreck. This means that electric cars are not necessarily scoring low on CO2. There are, after all, emissions associated with its production process. Some producers are dedicated to using green energy sources, which makes for a better score below the line, while others still use ‘dirty’ energy to produce those oh-so-green batteries. Recommended:  The Great Wall Urban Car That Might Fix China’s Mobility Problem Size matters, with smaller cars generally saving more energy and thus being greener. This includes the BMW i3 and Kia e-Niro, both of which raked in the coveted 5 star rating. A similar electric car in the larger cars category, the Audi e-tron 55 quattro, ‘only’ scored 3 stars. The increased weight of the car made it less green than you would think.   Forget SUVs: High CO₂ Values This means that the entire SUV-category in the test also fell flat when it came to sustainability. These cars are inherently large and heavy, making them true gas - or electricity - guzzlers that are large emitters. Anyone who looks at the Porsche Macan S should be reprimanded for this very reason.   Porsche Macan S. A true gas or electricity guzzler that is a large emitter Natural Gas Is The Best. Gets Top Rating Not all SUVs should be looked at as harshly. Smaller SUVs, including the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, VW T-Cross 1.6 TDI, and the Renault Captur TCe 150 and the Dacia Duster dCi 115, are rewarded with 4 stars each. The smaller natural gas SUV Seat Arona TGI has even been awarded the top score. So if you do feel compelled to get your hands on a SUV, better look at these brands first. Speaking of, you might have noticed that the last vehicle - Seat Arona TGI - is not electric or hybrid, but a ‘regular’ natural gas. It is not the only gas-fuelled car in this test to come out on top. Some cars are able to burn fuel much more cleanly, resulting in relatively low CO2 emissions. This environmentally friendly fuel is supported by the VW group and Fiat, definitely brands to consider if this appeals to you. Recommended:  Electric Car VW Century ID 3: The Beetle Of The 21st Century While you might think that hybrid cars are scoring much better in terms of cleanliness, there are some caveats. Some of the latest models combine a high power consumption with partly moderate pollution levels, which makes them far from as green as they claim to be. Actually, cars like the VW Passat GTE, BMW 745e and the Mitsubishi Outlander are combining the worst of two worlds: a battery that requires a lot of power and a fuel engine that is far from the cleanest. Reliability Of The ADAC Ecotest The best thing about the ADAC Ecotest is that it compares apples with apples. There is no need to worry about unfair matches being made, or testing categories being entered that favours some and disfavours others. Each car is measured independently, using the same framework of objective and measurable criteria. Based on the number of points generated, cars are awarded anywhere from 1 star (meaning, it is a dirty beast) tot 5 stars (representing a true green star). ADAC particularly excels in its treatment of electric cars. It does not automatically assume zero-emission, giving it an unfair advantage over gas-fuelled cars, but it also looks at the exhaust gases related to the power needed for its production. This once again underlines that an electric car is not necessarily the ‘must have’ if you want to be green. You also have to look at the size of the car and its handling of power - which might just mean that a small gas-powered car is outperforming the fully electric SUV in sustainability. Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Sono Motors Car: Developed in Germany, Made In Sweden Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about electric cars? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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