WIRED: Audi’s New Electric-Car Factory Goes Green

source: WIRED Magazine

You’ve heard the story: Exchange your old fashioned internal combustion engine for an electric one, and change the world. Turns out it’s more complicated than that. While driving an electric car generally saves on emissions, building one is way more energy-intensive than building a regular gasoline-based vehicle. It’s costly, energy-wise, to procure and process lithium for batteries, and to create complex lightweight materials, like carbon fiber, that help EVs extend their range. One analysis from the science advocacy organization Union of Concerned Scientists found that manufacturing an electric vehicle results in about 15 percent to 68 percent more emissions, depending on the size of the vehicle and its battery capacity…

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