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The tough calculus of emissions and the future of EVs

Article by Tech Crunch contributor, Mark Mills

Nickel mine, Thio, New Caledonia, French Overseas Collectivity, France. Image Credits: DeAgostini/Getty Images

The article discusses the challenges that the automotive industry faces in transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs) and achieving sustainability. While EVs have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, their production and use still have environmental impacts. The article examines the life cycle analysis of EVs, which takes into account the emissions associated with their production, use, and disposal. It also looks at the challenges of producing EV batteries sustainably and ensuring their responsible disposal.


The article discusses the importance of reducing emissions not just from individual vehicles, but from the entire transportation system. This includes improving public transportation, encouraging active transportation (such as walking and cycling), and reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles on the road.


The article concludes by noting that while the transition to EVs will not be easy, it is necessary to address the climate crisis. It suggests that governments, industry, and consumers all have a role to play in supporting this transition, through policies that incentivize EV adoption, investment in sustainable battery production and disposal, and changes in personal transportation behavior.

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