Sunday 25 September 2016

The cost of driving around the earth's circumference in an electric car vs a petrol engine

Published 11/05/2016 | 02:30

It would cost you €818.71 to drive around the world in an electric car.
It would cost you €818.71 to drive around the world in an electric car.

Someone somewhere came up with the interesting idea of measuring the difference in cost and emissions between an electric car and its petrol counterpart if you were to drive both around the world.

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So, after they plotted the 24,179.7-mile "around the world trip", car-buying platform Carwow collated some startling statistics via their infographic.

Their figures show that it would cost you €818.71 to drive around the world in an electric car.

That is a fifth  of what what they reckon you would need for a petrol equivalent (€4,550.50) assuming both were of much the same size etc.

That's a difference of €3,731.79. Not a bad sum to help fund a more conventional around-the-world trip of your own perhaps. In the carwow research, the petrol car generated 5,973,130g/km of CO2 while the electric vehicle managed 3,113,072 g/km.

They reckon you would generate 48pc fewer CO2 emissions in total in an electric car.

And they came up with an interesting 'balancing act'.

To balance your petrol-car carbon emissions you would need to plant 32 trees.

But just half that amount of foliage (16.5 to be exact) would be required with an electric car, they say.

The figures were produced as part of research to coincide with a new interactive tool from Carwow.

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