How a LEAF saved 50m kilos of CO2 from blowing in the wind
Published 24/06/2015 | 02:30
THEY have a vested interest in highlighting it, of course, but the figures are eye-popping nonetheless.
Nissan claims that the 41,100 electric LEAF cars being driven in Europe have, to date, averted the emission of just under 50 million kgs of CO2 into the atmosphere. Yes 50 million kilos.
Before I go any further it is imperative to point out that the level of emissions in producing the electricity (coal, oil etc) for those cars is not determined.
So the 50 million kilogrammes can not be taken as a net figure. That is important to remember.
However, with the number of vehicles in the world projected to go from one billion today to 2.5 billion by 2050, we are facing an explosion of harmful emissions.
It is estimated that current tailpipe gases from transport are running at about 600 million tonnes globally. That is 'stuff'' just going out into the air.
Figures from the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) claim 1,000 new electric vehicles on a city's streets would reduce greenhouse gases by more than 30,000kg, and CO2 emissions by 2,000kg-plus, a year.
Paul Willcox, chairman for Nissan Europe, whom Independent Motors interviewed some months back, is now insisting electric cars can do a lot of things: reduce emissions and meet people's "individual, collective and business transport needs".
But still the dilemma of range anxiety and initial purchase costs persist despite extensions of the former and subsidisation of the latter.
There is no doubt that electric cars are less expensive to run and in overall terms can reduce the level of emissions.
But, as we've noted before, it is going to take a renewed push by government to convince more people to buy electric.