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The Škoda Octavia Combi 2.0 TDI consumes 164 MWh of energy over its life cycle – a lower result than the hybrid Toyota Prius (167 MWh) or the fully electric Fiat 500e (171 MWh) – according to the study Green NCAP life cycle assessment. A company that rates vehicles for environmental reasons looked at the full life cycle of vehicles with different engines and their emissions, and the findings are startling. Can we therefore say that a diesel car is as ecological as an electrician?

The study by the Green NCAP organization is innovative in many ways. One is the fact that the estimated total greenhouse gas emissions over the entire life cycle of the car – from production to use and, for example, possible recyclability, have been calculated. For the comparative analysis, a nominal vehicle life of 16 years and a total mileage of 240,000 km were assumed.

The results of the study turned out to be surprising – a diesel car, in this case the Škoda Octavia Combi 2.0 TDI, achieved a better result (164 MWh) compared to electric (Fiat 500e – 171 MWh) or hybrid vehicles ( Toyota Prius – 167 MWh). Interestingly, this is not an individual case. Within the same brand – Renault – two thermal and electric models have obtained a very similar result in terms of greenhouse gas generation. Clio consumes 187 MWh of energy over the entire cycle, and electric ZOE 188 MWh.

“Many experts have spoken out about the actual emissivity of electric cars, and at this point we have objective, hard data confirming that manufacturers still have a long way to go to go green. Nevertheless, the number of electric and hybrid cars in Poland is clearly increasing – our company data shows that in the first quarter of 2022 there were 53% more offers for used cars with electric drive and hybrid cars by 4% compared to the same period a year earlier “- he points out Przemysław Gąsiorowski, autobaza.pl expert.

Interestingly, the authors of the study also highlighted the need to optimize the data in terms of the structure of the energy mix in a given country. An electric car charged in Sweden, where energy is produced to a greater extent from green sources, leaves a lower carbon footprint than Poland, which has the largest share of coal in electricity production in the EU. Nevertheless, the authors point out that in the average European electric mix, the “average” electric car has a slight GHG advantage compared to competitors with different types of engines.

“Fuel at stations is becoming more and more expensive, which may encourage consumers to invest in electric cars that turn out to be less environmentally friendly than expected. Electricity is also becoming more and more expensive, especially for a country like Poland, where most of it comes from coal, and as we know, CO2 emission quotas are also becoming more and more expensive. This paradoxical situation will shape the automotive market in the next few years, but in my opinion, a decline in the trend towards electromobility should not be expected,” says Przemysław Gąsiorowski, expert at autobaza.pl.

The ABCs of Buying a Used Electrician

With the growing number of electric car offerings on the aftermarket, it’s important to know what to look for when buying a car with this type of drive. The elements particularly exposed to wear are the battery and the charging socket. There is no need to change the oil, which can save us about $1,000. zlotys per year, in addition to the replacement of the timing and clutch, the brake system is also less loaded.

“The heart of an electric car, which absolutely must be checked, is the battery, which is also the most expensive part of the vehicle – its replacement even costs tens of thousands of zlotys. However, it should be remembered that the duration battery cell life doesn’t decline fast enough to disqualify a used car purchase Electric vehicle manufacturers typically cover cells with a warranty of up to 8 years or 160,000 kilometres, offering their replacement while keeping the battery capacity below 70% during the warranty period,” summarizes Przemysław Gąsiorowski, expert at autobaza.pl.

The cost of purchasing an electric car is, however, significantly higher than that of a vehicle with a different propulsion. In order to equalize high prices and encourage drivers to buy, government surcharges have been launched – for example, in Poland there is a program called “My Electrician”. However, one question needs to be asked – will such subsidies still be justified in light of the research results of the organization Green NCAP?

Source of information: AutoISO Sp. zoo

Information source: AutoISO Sp.zoo

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