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The electric vehicle carbon emissions debate

What would be your immediate answer to this question: what has a lower carbon footprint — a diesel car or an electric car?No looking now. All right, had a guess?OK, here’s the answer.Like FT Alphaville, you probably guessed an electric car. However the answer, like most things in life, is less clear than that. In fact, according to Volkswagen, the answer is really “it depends”.We came across this graphic from 2019 which the €88bn Wolfsburg-based automaker released as part of the marketing for its new e-Golf. It sort of blew our minds: Yep, that’s what VW estimate the carbon footprint is for its new e-Golf, versus its diesel equivalent. The most striking thing is that, due to the energy intensive nature of battery production, it takes roughly 120,000 kilometres of use for the e-Golf to

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