Interesting news emerged from the European car manufacturer, Volvo. The Swedish company says its manufacturing process for the C40 coupe Recharge electric SUV produces 70% more emissions than the Volvo XC40 petrol engine.
Citing Carscoop (November 14th, 2021), Volvo made the announcement after announcing plans to sign the Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emissions Cars and Vans at COP26.
The Volvo study paints a picture of the production of the XC40 lineup consisting of electric compact SUV, PHEV and ICE (petrol engine) versions.
Volvo‘s findings take into account the entire carbon footprint of each individual’s life cycle, including the production process, mining raw materials, refuelling, to driving the car for 200,000 km before final disposal.
The study cited by Volvo lists three different scenarios based on the average global power supply, the projected EU28 balance of renewable and regular energy, and fully renewable energy.
However, another Volvo research study shows that electric cars are not only more environmentally friendly than gasoline-powered cars. But over time, petrol cars will surely prove to be more environmentally friendly.
Although based on a similar platform but in many parts of the production of electric cars it turns out to produce far more emissions. Battery electric car production, for example, accounts for nearly a third of the emissions of the Volvo C40 and XC40 Recharge electric cars.