Do Electric Cars Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?
11th November 2020
What is a Carbon Footprint?
To put it simply, a carbon footprint is a way to measure the impact that your activities have on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere. Your carbon footprint is expressed as a weight of CO2 emissions produced in tonnes. Activities such as travel, your eating habits and the consumption of energy in your household can all impact your carbon footprint.
How do I calculate my Carbon Footprint?
Calculating your carbon footprint can be quick and easy. There are many different resources out there that can help you identify the impact that your activities are having on the environment. To calculate your own carbon footprint, visit the Carbon Footprint website here
Can electric vehicles reduce your Carbon Footprint?
Yes! Electric vehicles can reduce your carbon footprint considerably. Over the course of a year, the average person in the UK drives around 8,000 miles. In a small petrol car (up to a 1.4 litre engine), driving 8,000 miles will equal roughly 1.91 tonnes of CO2 per year.
An electric vehicle produces zero local carbon emissions as it isn't powered by a regular Internal Combustion Engine. Therefore, switching from a small petrol car to an electric vehicle could help you reduce your carbon footprint by nearly 2 tonnes a year! It is important to note that charging an electric vehicle with non-renewable energy will contribute to your carbon footprint.
How will reducing my Carbon Footprint help the environment?
By taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint, you are helping to save the earth as we know it today. Making small or large changes to your lifestyle could make a massive difference. From reducing the amount of meat you eat to changing your electricity provider at home, there are many ways in which you can make a difference, and driving electric is definitely one of them!
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