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For many years, sceptics of the electric car have claimed that the manufacturing of vehicles and production of electricity outweigh any environmental benefits.
However, a new study by three world leading universities has found that across 95% of the globe, the electric vehicle is still better for the environment than its fossil fuel counterparts across the full life cycle.
In countries such as Sweden, which gets most of its electricity from renewable sources, and France, which is largely powered by nuclear, the CO2 savings from using electric cars reach as high as 70% over their conventional counterparts.
In only six out of 59 regions was the opposite found, including Poland where the majority of power is produced through burning coal. In the UK, emission savings were around 30% compared to petrol and diesel alternatives.