70 per cent of EV data is made up

Are EVs as environmentally friendly as their proselytizers insist?

Evangelistic EV drivers tell me that as an academic, I should know better. They are unimpressed when I do not support their confirmation bias.

Confirmation bias is where we look for, and find, data that supports our beliefs. Nowhere is this more prolific than in trying to understand the comparative CO2 emissions produced in the manufacture of internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) versus electric vehicles (EV).

The comparison can help us to understand the whole-of-life carbon emissions of ICE versus EVs.

This morning's Spectator Australia Morning Double Shot newsletter read as follows:

Your scribe is writing from Gundagai, on a road trip from Melbourne to Sydney. For no real reason besides relieving boredom, I’ve taken to counting Teslas on my long drives, because aesthetically they’re very distinctive and easy to spot. Yesterday, between home and Gundagai I counted 99: on a similar trip late last year it was exactly 100 all the way between Sydney’s eastern suburbs and bayside Melbourne. The point of this nerdy observation is that a steadily-increasing number of people with more bucks than brains are channelling their green virtue signalling by buying EVs, convinced by the government-sponsored ballyhoo that they’re doing their bit for reducing carbon emissions. Michael de Percy, however, has been poring over EV-related data and concludes the claims for their greenness are overrated, inflated, or just made up, especially if one includes the humongous carbon emissions involved in their manufacture as well as operation.

My latest in The Spectator Australia, 70 per cent of EV data is made up.