Electric Cars Not As Eco As Policymakers Claim, Says Executive Who Developed Nissan LEAF – Forbes
Carlton Reid Nov 19, 2021
Zero tailpipe emissions and net-zero are not the same things, says Andy Palmer, the veteran automotive executive responsible for launching Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-market electric car.
“Policymakers haven’t grasped this [fact] yet,” he said at a COP26 fringe event in Glasgow.
“I see the terminology of zero emissions being misunderstood over and over again,” he told the event, co-sponsored by Autotrader magazine.
“If you buy an electric vehicle, you’re not buying a zero-emission vehicle,” he stressed.
“It takes about 70% more carbon to build an electric vehicle than it does an internal combustion vehicle.”