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How Green Are Electric Cars?

With the UK government aiming for all cars and vans on the road to be zero-emissions by 2050,  it is important to ask, are electric cars greener than petrol and diesel cars? 

The short answer is, yes. In the long run, it is undoubtedly clear that electric cars are cleaner than those run by fossil fuels. So, it’s time to bust some of the most common myths when it comes to the environment and electric cars…

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“The carbon emissions generated by an electric vehicle during production out-weigh the carbon emissions a normal combustion engine car will produce in its entire life” 


To properly bust this myth, we need to break down the total carbon emissions generated by each vehicle into two figures. These stats represent the production and usage emissions of a single average vehicle and average commuter in both categories. Please visit The Transport and Environment analysis of electric car lifecycle for more information and statistics. 

Production emissions

co2 emissions

Use emissions

co2 emissions

Total emissions

co2 emisions

From these figures, it can be seen that in the production stage, an electric vehicle does release more carbon emissions than a standard ICE vehicle. However, this is a short-term victory for the combustion engines, in the second figure we can clearly see that an electric car produces far fewer emissions than a petrol or diesel car during the usage stage of the vehicle’s life. If we combine the two to get a total figure, we find that in its entirety, carbon emissions produced by the combustion engine far outweigh those of an electric vehicle. This is an annual figure which means that the longer you continue to drive a plug-in electric vehicle, the greater the carbon footprint gap becomes between the two types of cars. 

There have been significant investments into renewable energy at electric car manufacturing factories, most notably by BMW and Tesla. Additionally, the Volkswagen ID.3 is produced and delivered with a carbon-neutral balance. VW has achieved this through a combination of ‘emission reduction and off-setting unavoidable emissions’.


“What about the environmental impacts of post usage? Surely disposing of a battery is more environmentally damaging than getting rid of a used car.” 


The recycling of a battery involves separating out the valuable materials. Currently, only around half of the battery materials can be recycled and The Battery Directive, who covers lithium-ion batteries in the UK, states that at least 50% of the whole battery must be recycled. However, with the growing demand for electric cars and EV technology developing at a very quick rate, manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve this. 

One example of a car manufacturer leading the way in battery recycling is VW, they are looking to reach a target of 97% recycled battery parts. You can read more about this exciting development here. 

As well as safer disposal, many manufacturers are researching ways to repurpose EV batteries, such as using them to power homes and buildings. Repurposing to energy storage and the electricity network is a great way to give the battery a new purpose, particularly with rising electricity demand. A great example of this is Nissan using batteries to power Amsterdam ArenA, where the recycled battery cells enable the storage of energy captured by 4,200 solar panels on the roof of the stadium. There are similar developments for manufacturers like Toyota, Renault and Volvo, and we expect more industry leaders to follow as the switch to electric continues…


“Aren’t electric vehicle batteries powered by fossil fuels anyway?”. 


Yes, to a point. To produce anything new in this world some sort of material will have to be used. The major difference is that electricity production is becoming cleaner all the time, for example, the use of solar and wind power continues to rise in electric battery production. While conventional cars will always need fossil fuels, electric vehicles can (and increasingly do) run on renewable energy. Already, we have hit our ‘greenest ever’ weekend over Easter 2021, where Britain achieved 80% of its energy from low-carbon energy sources. This is promising for the UK target of net-zero by 2050. 

With billions of pounds being invested into the industry, car and battery manufacturers are continuously finding innovative ways to ensure the lifespan of an EV is as green as possible. 


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Tethered charger

This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.

Socketed charger

This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.

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Underground cable

We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.

Overhead cable

We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.

Standard Installation
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.

Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.

If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.