The argument is regularly repeated by its critics: since the construction of an electric model pollutes more than for a thermal one, this one ultimately rejects much more CO2 in the atmosphere and does not help us in any way to fight against the change. climate, even though it emits less carbon dioxide while driving.

To try to see more clearly, the agency Reuters carried out a very interesting study. As reported by our colleagues fromAuto Plus, the aim was to see how many kilometers an electric car must travel to become “profitable” in terms of emissions.

Electric vehicles soon to be cheaper to produce than thermal ones?

The experts chose two vehicles of comparable size, the Tesla Model 3 as the electric vehicle, and the Toyota Corolla as the thermal car. In detail, it can be seen that the Tesla causes the emission of 8.1 million grams of CO2 during its production, while this figure is only 5.5 million grams for the Toyota.

The analysis then takes into account the American energy mix and estimates that it suffices to travel 21,725 ​​kilometers in a Tesla for the latter to end up being less polluting than the Toyota. In countries where energy is greener, such as Norway, only 13,500 kilometers are even needed.

As a reminder, the lights are green for electric vehicles with regard to cost. According to a BloombergNEF study, by 2027, these will be cheaper to manufacture than combustion cars.

According to the researchers, this price drop can be explained by a fall in the cost of batteries, while production volumes are increasing, which also reduces the bill.

The authors are even so optimistic that they think that if Europe decides to put in place incentive policies: “battery electric cars and vans can reach 100% of sales by 2035 in Western, Southern and even Eastern Europe. . “