DRIVING an electric car confers a badge of greenery, or so the marketing departments of their makers would have you believe.
Yet a report which analyses the life cycle of car emissions (ie, all the way from those created by the mining of materials for batteries, via the ones from the production of fuel and the generation of electricity, to the muck that actually comes out of the exhaust) presents a rather different picture.
A battery-powered car recharged with electricity generated by coal-fired power stations, it found, is likely to cause more than three times as many deaths from pollution as a conventional petrol-driven vehicle.
Even a battery car running on the average mix of electrical power generated in America is much more hazardous than the conventional alternative.
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