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Electric cars are coal-fired

The world needs more electric cars, but the challenge is that many of them run on power generated at coal-fired power plants.

Photo: Benny Kjølhede

Electric vehicles are one of the answers to mitigating the man-made parts of climate change, but they might in fact do more harm than good.

In an ideal world, the average electric car would be able to deliver up to 67 percent less greenhouse gases than cars with internal combustion engines, measuring by the entire lifespan of a car – from extraction of raw materials to production and use, until it is one day sent to recycling.

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