Summary of Shades of Green

Electric Cars' Carbon Emissions Around the Globe

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Shades of Green summary
Electric cars potentially reduce carbon emissions, but their effectiveness depends on the source of energy used.


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With the continuing hype about the potential of electric vehicles to lower CO2 in the atmosphere, the question of effectiveness continues to inspire debate. Shrink That Footprint founder Lindsay Wilson analyzes vehicle carbon emissions in 20 leading countries, including manufacturing costs in calculating vehicle emissions. While insightful, this research has limitations in that the analysis doesn’t discuss local air pollution, vehicle operation costs and purchase prices. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends this fascinating report to potential electric-car owners concerned about their vehicles’ impact on the environment.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What issues relate to electric cars’ CO2 emissions
  • Why electric vehicles must operate in tandem with reduced carbon power generation
  • Which countries’ electric cars substantially reduce emissions and which generate little to no reduction


Operating an electric car in Paraguay will emit 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer, but in India, the same vehicle will release 370 grams of CO2. Among 20 countries, Paraguay has the lowest electric-car emissions, while India and South Africa have the highest. The amount of carbon emissions...
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About the Author

Lindsay Wilson is a team member of the Maneas corporate strategy group and the founder of Shrink That Footprint.

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