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New study shows electric car batteries' lower carbon footprint

CO2 emissions resulting from battery production for electric cars are far less than previous estimates, a new study shows.

Photo: Casper Dalhoff

A 2017 study from the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute showed that the fabrication of electric car batteries emitted up to 200 kg of carbon dioxide per kWh. That analysis has now been updated.

The new study indicates a significantly smaller impact on climate and estimates emissions from current battery production in the range of 61-106 kg of CO2 per kWh.

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