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Ökologische Vorteile der E-Mobilität
Erstellungsdatum: 18.08.2023

Ecological benefits of e-mobility

Building a sustainable future

Electric vehicles are propelling us towards a greener, more sustainable future. Their eco-friendly nature brings significant benefits that contribute to a cleaner planet and a healthier population. In this article, we take a look at the positive environmental aspects of e-mobility and why e-vehicles are changing the way we drive and live.


Fewer emissions for cleaner air with e-vehicles

E-mobility leads the way in reducing emissions because e-vehicles do not produce tailpipe gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides in the first place. Conventional internal combustion engine vehicles release harmful gases into the atmosphere, contributing to air pollution and climate change. In contrast, electric cars can run on clean, emission-free electricity from renewable sources that leaves no harmful residue when consumed. Those who choose an electric car can actively reduce their carbon footprint and make a decisive contribution to combating air pollution.

Better air quality leads to better public health, reducing respiratory illnesses and the associated health costs. Cities and municipalities that promote and use e-vehicles benefit from less noise and cleaner air, promoting a healthier living environment for all. Urban centres with high traffic density in particular see these factors as a basis for implementing their own e-mobility strategies (see detailed concept STEP 2025 of the City of Vienna).


E-vehicles promote resource conservation & contribute to a balanced energy mix

Electric vehicles contribute to resource conservation. Renewable energy sources such as hydro, solar & wind power increasingly feed the electricity grid and make charging e-vehicles even more environmentally friendly. Moving away from fossil fuels reduces the strain on finite natural resources and promotes a sustainable energy mix.

As the world shifts to cleaner energy production, the carbon footprint of electric vehicle use gets also reduced even more. This resource-efficient approach not only conserves valuable raw materials, but also reduces dependence on oil & gas imports, contributing to energy security and long-term sustainability of the energy sector.


E-mobility as a driver of renewable energy deployment

E-mobility promotes the adoption of renewable energy solutions and makes cities and municipalities less dependent on polluting fossil fuels. Electric vehicles act as a driver for the increasing demand for clean electricity and accelerate the development of sustainable renewable energy infrastructure - both locally and nationally.

The growing acceptance and popularity of e-vehicles creates additional incentives for investment in renewable energy and further advances the green energy transition. As a result, electric vehicles not only serve as a clean means of transport, but also actively contribute to the decarbonisation of the entire energy sector.


Eco-balance of the production of e-vehicles & traction batteries

Where there is light, there is also shadow: Despite the factors mentioned before, electric mobility is not completely free of ecological disadvantages. In addition to the consumption of energy for their continuous use, a lot of energy and numerous raw materials are also used in the production of e-vehicles and especially their batteries.

While the energy for use can very well be obtained from renewable energies, the use of limited resources for the production of the lithium-ion batteries in particular is not harmless. In addition to the limited availability of raw materials such as lithium and cobalt, the often energy-intensive mining process of the resources, which takes place under sometimes ecologically and socially difficult conditions, plays a negative role.

The recycling of batteries can also have a negative impact on the eco-balance and pose additional risks. Technological advances in second-life batteries, in which used LI batteries are given a new lease of life, are promising in this respect.

However, if one compares e-vehicles and cars with combustion engines in terms of their CO2 balance, the matter looks different in the long term: In the CO2 balance of the German ADAC, for example, it was determined that the emissions produced during manufacture are offset for vehicles with electric drives from mileages of approx. 50,000 - 100,000 kilometres.


Conclusion: E-mobility paves the way to a more sustainable future

As e-vehicles become more widespread and used, the cumulative effects on our environment become clearly noticeable and visible: while lower CO2 emissions are good for the environment and improve the quality of life for many people, e-mobility reduces society's dependence on fossil fuels and at the same time gives tailwind to the energy transition.

E-mobility combines technological innovation, long-term thinking and sustainable business practices, paving the way to a greener future for everyone.


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