Emission impact of importation vs. domestic?

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  1. Ordell98

    Ordell98 New Member

    Hi all,
    What's the carbon impact of buying from a car manufactured in the US (Tesla in Fremont, or a domestic Toyota plant) vs. buying from a car manufactured in Japan? Given my interest in buying a 'green' vehicle I'm curious how dirty the actual importation process is in terms of the overall carbon footprint.

    Just curious, if anyone has any ideas on this it would be great to hear!
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  3. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member Subscriber

    A good place to start: https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles/electric-vehicles/life-cycle-ev-emissions

    But what are the global warming emissions of electric cars on a life cycle basis—from the manufacturing of the vehicle’s body and battery to its ultimate disposal and reuse? To answer this, the Union of Concerned Scientists undertook a comprehensive, two-year review of the climate emissions from vehicle production, operation, and disposal. We found that battery electric cars generate half the emissions of the average comparable gasoline car, even when pollution from battery manufacturing is accounted for.

    Bob Wilson
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