Electric vehicles are sweeping the world with countries and automakers announcing the replacement of ICE vehicles with EVs to reduce pollution and reduce dependence on non-renewable fuels such as petrol and diesel. With zero tail-pipe emissions, electric vehicles are generally considered a boon to society. However, various reports have pointed to the absolute damage to the environment that EVs can cause, which is higher than in regular cars, due to which the battery raw material is sourced. Large electric SUVs are more polluting than the average small petrol sedan or hatchback, according to a recent study by ACEEE, a non-profit research organization focused on reducing energy waste and negating the effects of climate change.
ACEEE studied the recently launched GMC Hummer EV, which is one of the most exciting electric vehicles to be launched in recent times. A gas-guzzling SUV was reimagined as a climate savior and showed how far brands are willing to go to make a mark among the credible EV players.
However, research shows that while the Hummer EV promises good deals on paper, it’s not quite as green as it sounds. Their research shows that the smaller Chevrolet Bolt EV emits 92 grams of carbon dioxide per mile while the new Hummer EV is responsible for 341 grams of carbon dioxide per mile.
In comparison, the Chevrolet Malibu petrol-powered sedan produces 320 grams of carbon dioxide per mile, 21 grams less than the GMC Hummer EV. Having said that, the new Hummer EV is far more efficient than the original H1 Hummer, which emits 889 grams of carbon dioxide per mile.