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When Tesla first released the Model S, the first fully electric car, there were a series of academic articles released stating that over the entire life of an electric car, these vehicles are environmentally worse than a standard gasoline powered sedan. Our goal is to explore this topic and determine if these articles are still applicable. Using an environmentally extended Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), we will evaluate fully electric cars based on energy requirements, greenhouse gas emissions, and other environmental indicators. We will compare these results to an analysis of the status quo of a similarly priced standard gasoline powered sedan to determine if fully electric cars have less of an environmental impact.
Erin L Gibbemeyer
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Fully Electric Car Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) - Is the electric car truly better than a standard sedan?" (2019). Stander Symposium Posters. 1698.