The article claims a Tesla model 3 would emit 36 tons of CO2 vs 78 for a Toyota Rav4 over a 200,000 mile lifespan.
Regarding “Are Electric Cars Better for the Environment?,” March 23 WSJ, let’s look at what sent us here “From Page One”, the “real impact.”
First of all, global warming or climate change, if you wish, has not been proven to be caused by human action or fossil fuel usage. Just because the Paris Accord theories are repeated over and over, doesn’t refute the scientists who point out historical data showing more extreme climate changes without human influence.
EV batteries will need replacement and that cost is not found in the researchers’ graphic. Like ethanol, conventional energy is used to prop-up its existence.
Then consider the infrastructure that would be needed to charge widespread adoption of Evs. A typical block in a city or suburb presently has enough capacity to charge one or two vehicles along with everyday life. Once the brownouts start there will be calls for massive rewiring and then the anointed solar and wind used to furnish such capacity will never keep up.
The “Real Impact” of the subsidization of green alternatives will be malinvestment directed by politics over markets.