News Digest Item
27 Feb 2017

“Germany’s plan for 100 percent electric cars may actually increase carbon emissions”

The Conversation

An ambitious target to replace all combustion engine cars in Germany with electric vehicles by 2030 might increase CO2 emissions instead of lowering them, writes Denes Csala, lecturer at Lancaster University, in an article for The Conversation. “Unless things change, Germany is unlikely to have enough green energy in time,” writes Csala. “The basic problem is that an electric car running on power generated by dirty coal or gas actually creates more emissions than a car that burns petrol.”

Read the article in English here.

For background, read the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector.


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