Many of our customers drive electric because it helps the environment. They see their clean kilometers as helping to improve the planet for their children and grandchildren. They truly feel that we are in this together and we should motivate each other as well as make a difference. According to multiple sources, electric driving is one of the solutions to battle climate change. In this article, we will discuss how sustainable driving an EV actually is and where the electricity we charge our electric cars with comes from.
We have calculated that we have had 8,326,109 charging sessions with our charge points since we founded NewMotion in 2009. In total we charged 101,520,000 kWh in these charging sessions combined, or 101,52 GWh (Gigawatt hours). This amount of energy fully charges 3,384,000 Nissan Leafs. If we take the Nissan Leaf as an example, we calculated that you can drive 525,680,029 miles with 101.52 GWh. This means that you are able to drive around planet earth 21,110 times! If you drove this exact same distance with a Nissan Pulsar, which is the petrol equivalent of the Nissan Leaf, you would need 42,300,000 liters of petrol.
So by pumping 42,300,000 litres of petrol to fuel a Nissan Pulsar, you would have pumped 89,614 tons of air-polluting CO2 straight into our blue skies. The Nissan Leaf on the other hand, can drive the same distance powered by clean electricity. In order to improve the air quality in the UK’s capital, London is introducing e fleets, the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and other measures in favour of EVs. However, today's electricity generation is still not sustainable enough to claim say that driving electric is truly carbon emission free.
The UK generates electricity in several ways; natural gas, oil, coal and renewable sources, such as the wind and the sun. In the UK the majority of the electricity is generated using coal and natural gas.
Source: The Shift Project Data Portal (2014). If the Nissan Leaf was powered by electricity generated by natural gas, the car would emit 56,179 tons of CO2. This is less than a car that uses on petrol, but is still too much. As you can see, only 8% of the UKs energy is currently being generated by the wind, we hope this figure grows in the future. EV charging is becoming more flexible and future-proof thanks to the introduction of V2X (vehicle-to-everything) technology which increases availability and accessibility of renewable energy.
National governments have set several goals to make sure that a bigger part of their energy capacity will be generated by renewable sources in the futuree. The table below demonstrates that Germany is the frontrunner in renewable energy. We are also very pleased with Scotland’s goal in 2020 (REN21, 2016).
With more people driving electric and an increase in investment in renewable energy, the electricity grid will become greener and greener. We are looking forward to a fully emission free generation of EVs. Contribute to a cleaner environment, explore our business charging solutions and switch to hybrid fleets now!