It’s Not Green To Build Green Says Volvo

Mon 8th Nov 2021

One of the world’s largest motoring brands has called for a rethink on the global energy production as they revealed that building an EV is currently more carbon intensive than building a standard petrol car.

The eye-raising research from Swedish manufacturer Volvo compared the build process of their C40 EV and its petrol equivalent the XC40, the production methods required to build the battery and steel on the EV. According to Volvo, the carbon emissions of building te C40 are 70 per cent higher, and even though the company is taking steps to ensure that their batteries are built with entirely renewable energy, there remains a rather large elephant in the room.

So while the electric cars produce zero emissions, the electricity which powers the car very often comes via fossil (60 per cent in most cases, increasing the CO2 tonnage of electric car by as much as 50 tonnes. 

It’s an issue which isn’t spoken about too often in the rush to turn everyone to greener transport, but Volvo tackle the issue head on and claim that the EV would have to be driven for nine years or 70,000 miles before it can be truly green. Volvo is calling for more transparency from the industry when promoting the benefits of an EV.

“We made a conscious strategic decision to become a fully electric car maker and an industry leader, but we can’t make the transition to climate neutrality alone,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive. “We need governments and energy firms around the globe to step up their investments in clean energy capacity and related charging infrastructure, so fully electric cars can truly fulfil their promise of cleaner mobility.”