The Department for Transport (DfT) will harness the benefits of battery electric vehicles as part of its ambitions to phase out petrol and diesel-only vehicles.
Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, was responding to a parliamentary question about the whole life environmental impact behind the move to battery production.
Previously, concerns have been raised about the government’s apparent lack of consideration in the switch to electric vehicles.
But, even though gaps still exist in impact assessments of battery production, the Minister confirmed that, in terms of their assessments, battery electric vehicles will result in huge reductions in emissions.
Mr Norman said: “The government has carried out a relative assessment, in terms of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, of different fuel and powertrain options based on outputs from the Transport Energy Model.
“The modelling makes clear that, even with the current electricity grid emissions, battery electric vehicles are estimated to have greenhouse gas emissions 66% lower than a petrol car and 60% lower than a diesel car.
“Between now and 2050, the government project that grid emissions will fall by around 90% with total emissions from electric vehicles falling in parallel.”
The government is committed, through its Road to Zero strategy, to significantly reducing harmful emissions and pollutants and improving green infrastructure.
The reiteration of this comes as a study reveals the cost that drivers have incurred because of road congestion in the UK.
Allied to that is the danger to the air quality; toxic pollutants are released, which is not only harmful for people, but also the environment.
Therefore, the government is pushing ahead with considering emissions from battery production.
Mr Norman continued: “The results are clear that battery electric vehicles have substantially lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional vehicles even when taking into account the electricity source and electricity used for batter production.”