How the EU legislator is making the carbon footprint of electromobility look good and subsequently damaging climate protection

 In Magazine

For the legislator, only the carbon dioxide emitted by motor vehicles (‘tank-to-wheel’) count in the regulatory CO₂ fleet limits currently in force for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) emit no CO₂ locally when driving. In this so-called ‘tailpipe’ (i.e. ‘exhaust’) consideration, they are therefore classified as CO₂-neutral even if they are also powered by charging electricity from fossil sources, which is the reality in the German electricity mix.

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