Submitted by civsentesla on July 13, 2013
Hello all, first time posting here :) Not quite a Tesla owner yet, but plan to be in the very near future. I was discussing my passion for Tesla's with a friend the other night and he asked me about whether or not a Tesla (or any BEV for that matter) is TRULY more efficient when it comes to emissions over the typical ICE. He put the emphasis on emissions being front loaded in the mineral mining and manufacture process of the vehicle and whether the process for BEVs vs. ICE vehicles differs greatly - with his point being that if that is the case, then electric cars are not really that much better for the environment (and could be worse).
I didn't know how to answer him, to be honest. I'm still learning about all this stuff. I tried doing searches but haven't had much success. Now, I know about the battery recycling and all that jazz but what I'm concerned about in this question is, how do Teslas compare to an ICE during the actual production process of the car? Is there an article floating around out there that has looked at this?
Thanks in advance for your responses,