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28 Jul 2017

Opinion: The myth of a clean electric car

Deutsche Welle

The electric car might not be the clean alternative to combustion engines many believe it to be, because of environmental damage from batteries and the extraction of raw materials such as cobalt or lithium, Henrik Böhme argues in an opinion piece on Deutsche Welle. Therefore, Germany might have to tackle clean transport in a different way. “What about more streetcars and e-buses in city centers?” he says. “Why not electrify our highways to hook up trucks and coaches to overhead lines. It wouldn't exactly be a new invention.”

Find the opinion piece on Deutsche Welle here.

Find background on Germany’s lack of progress in getting a climate-friendly transport system in this Clean Energy Wire dossier.

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