Good point. TCO is a complex calculation. (or maybe that should be TIO "Total Impact of Ownership")Another point not emphasized in the article is that the petroleum is used as a fuel, and ICE vehicles must be re-fueled roughly on a weekly basis for their entire lives, many hundreds of times. With an EV, the lithium is used for manufacturing the vehicle, i.e. just once for the life of the vehicle.
I especially like the current photo of the tar sands site. Although with the wildfire, who knows what it looks like now.
Lithium is not the fuel
The use of "might" and "may" when describing quantifiable values that can be determined using basic physics means only one thing: The writer is making crap up.so that link says:
"Also, electric vehicles’ regenerative braking might mitigate the brake dust production, though that may be offset by the greater weight when the brakes actually do get employed."
might mitigate? I only use the brake in about the last 10 feet.....
The proof is in the pudding: the fact that brake pads have to be replaced far less frequently on hybrid and all-electric vehicles (Priuses, for example have long established this) means that they're not turning into dust at anywhere near the rate of those installed on ICE vehicles."Also, electric vehicles’ regenerative braking might mitigate the brake dust production, though that may be offset by the greater weight when the brakes actually do get employed."
Yes, most people didn't notice that. Brake wear for EVs is assumed to be zero.I mean, all the author had to do was look at the EV column on the chart, which doesn't even include brake wear for the EV.
I'm always skeptical about these kinds of studies because of the possibility of cherry-picking the results. For example the PM10 particulates aren't really the ones most associated with health issues since they're fairly coarse. Most regulatory bodies around the world allow considerably higher levels of PM10 particulates than PM2.5, which is more dangerous. So my first question would be: how relevant is the PM10 emissions to a discussion on health, and are the rates any different for PM2.5.This is a study looking at one component of emissions. I think it's decent work, myself.