Against FACTS there is no argument, the electric car is much more efficient, economical and pleasant to drive than the gasoline powered one. It is, therefore, the car of the future.
In Brazil, one of the problems that compromise the use of the ELECTRIC car is the limitation of RECHARGE POINTS for its batteries.
There are different ways to measure the impact of using a CAR on global warming. For specialists, the best way to calculate the emission of a car is by adding the gases that the vehicle emits through the exhaust plus the impact that the production of its fuel causes on the environment. It’s the famous “well to wheel” equation.
It is interesting to note that the same car model can present different results depending on the market. This oscillation occurs due to variations, among them, the energy matrix of that country.
In Brazil, for example, gasoline has up to 27% alcohol in its composition and there are cars that can run only on vegetable fuel. Another fact is that 84% of electricity comes from renewable sources, such as hydro, solar and wind. All this creates different perspectives for each propulsion technology.
Here, the electric car becomes an even more sustainable option. More than the hybrid car and more than the FLEX, as shown in the table below, which considers the average percentage of CO2 equivalent emission by type of propulsion compared to purely gasoline cars.
The account takes into account the average energy efficiency of cars sold in the country and participating in Inmetro’s vehicle labeling program, and the results are compared with a purely gasoline car.
The calculations were made according to an innovative methodology being developed by the AEA (Brazilian Association of Automotive Engineering), which applies the carbon intensity of the local energy matrix.
“Within the well-to-wheel concept, both a FLEX and a hybrid vehicle bring important environmental gains compared to one powered purely by gasoline. An electric car is approximately 10 times more efficient, on average, because it is the only one that can reconciling the efficiency of the electric motor with Brazil’s predominantly clean energy matrix. All this because the “EV” runs full-time in zero-emission mode, there is no exhaust”, explains Luiz Gustavo Moraes, GM South America’s regulatory manager.
Complete line of 0 emission cars
The 100% electric car segment is the fastest growing in the world. They accounted for more than 7% of car and light commercial vehicle sales in 2021.
Policies aimed at reducing emissions, greater knowledge of the benefits of zero-emission cars and the increase in fuel prices are factors that contribute to the greater global interest in EVs, as well as the greater offer of models and the reduction of the price difference in relation to to other types of cars.
The trend is that the sale of electric and electrified cars will continue to grow in Brazil as well. A BCG study released by ANFAVEA (National Association of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers) predicts that two-thirds of vehicles sold in the country will be electrified by 2035, if companies follow global trends here.
General Motors recently announced that it is committed to leading the electrification of mobility in South America, with a complete line of zero-emission vehicles.
The company revealed the future launches of the Chevrolet brand in the region for the segment. Among the new features are the Bolt EUV, the Blazer EV and the Equinox EV. The company’s offensive towards electrification began in 2019, with the marketing of the Bolt EV exclusively in Brazil.
With its vision of a future with “Zero Accidents, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion”, GM is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2040. As part of this global plan, the company is investing USD 35 billion in the development of 30 vehicles electric and autonomous by 2025. In addition, it is continuously improving the efficiency of its combustion vehicles.
Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest automotive brands, present in nearly 80 countries, with approximately 2.7 million cars and pickups sold in 2021. Chevrolet’s portfolio includes zero-emission electric vehicles and energy efficient combustion vehicles that feature high performance, attractive design, passive and active safety features, and intuitive and innovative technologies. More information about Chevrolet models can be found on the brand’s commercial website, news and Twitter profile.