In a viral Facebook post, he makes a number of claims about the carbon footprint of electric cars. VERIFY team breaks claims.

The federal government and some states are offering incentives to sell electric vehicles. A.D. In August, President Joe Biden set a goal for electric vehicles to make up half of the new cars sold in the United States by 2030.

But many viewers have posted a Facebook post VERIFY, which is shared at least 1,900 times and electric cars have a huge carbon footprint.

VERIFY broke three claims in the post to determine what was right and what was wrong.

The claim

American Airlines consumes an estimated $ 19 billion a year.

The source

The answer

This statistic is accurate for 2019 fuel consumption before the COVID-19 outbreak.

We got it

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics monitors the airline’s fuel costs and consumption in the United States. According to his information, American Airlines 18.27 billion gallons of oil in 2019 – the highest since 2007.

A.D. By 2020, with fewer people flying due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the overall fuel consumption of American Airlines has dropped to 10.28 billion gallons.

From January to August 2021, US Airlines saw a 24 percent increase over the same period in 2020 by about 8.7 billion gallons of oil.

The claim

The total fuel consumption of the mine for the construction of electric car batteries is estimated at 21 billion gallons per year. The 21 billion gallons of fuel could produce enough to make 250,000 electric car batteries.

The sources

The answer

This is misleading.

No detailed analysis has been done to determine the veracity of the claim, but the number of electric vehicle experts contacted by VERIFY will not be included.

We got it

There is no single source to track this information.

David Chekel, a professor at Alberta University and an electric car expert, did some napkin calculations to counter the claim. The Czech Republic estimates that $ 21 billion per gallon of oil costs $ 63 billion a year. If $ 63 billion is valued for 250,000 batteries, then the cost of raw materials for each battery will be more than $ 250,000.

That number is “ridiculously high” compared to the cost of buying an electric vehicle. Tesla Model 3 MSRP (MSRP), the best-selling electric vehicle in the United States in 2018 and 2019, is $ 41,990.

Detailed analysis is required to conclude this false, so we will evaluate this claim as misleading.

The claim

“The battery is 10 years old and cannot be renewed. A.D. By 2050, these batteries will fill 50 million pounds of disposable waste.

The sources

The answer

This is misleading.

Car battery life varies by manufacturer. Many car batteries are now being recycled, and the ever-increasing capacity of lithium-ion electric car batteries is expected to improve in the coming years.

We got it

Car manufacturer Renol estimates that the battery life is 10 years for automotive service. The car maker claims that the battery can then be used for permanent purposes for storing energy outside the car for another 10 years.

The actual lifespan may vary by manufacturer.

Regarding the second part of the claim, the $ 50 million may have originated from a 2019 study of electric vehicles at the American Petroleum Institute, but was taken out of context. The authors explain how a recycling company made and recharged a 50 50 million battery in one year.

Check says almost all automotive batteries are now being reused. There is a risk that future lithium-ion batteries will be re-used to control the world of electric cars.

Estimates for 2019 suggest that less than 5% of lithium-ion batteries be reused.

But if Cheekel decides which recycling industry is the most cost-effective and cost-effective, it will protect the goods from electric vehicle batteries.

The Federal Consortium, which is headed by the Department of Energy, Defense, Trade, State and other government agencies, is responsible for high batteries. By 2021, a report targeting 90% of lithium-ion batteries will be released. In electric vehicles.

Tesla says 100% damaged lithium-ion batteries have been reused. In September 2021, Ford announced that it was working with Redwood Materials Company to improve the reuse of electric vehicle batteries.

“Redwood recycling technology can recycle more than 95% of the elements, such as nickel, cobalt, lithium, and copper,” said Ford. “These materials can be reused in a closed loop of anode copper foil and cathode active materials for future battery production.

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