Electric vehicles are not the grey area that your columnist fears (“So many grey areas in the green revolution”, Money, FT Weekend, January 23). Today’s electric car batteries are expected to last at least as long as the vehicle itself and then enjoy a second life as grid storage. The EU’s proposed battery law will require that at least 90 per cent of key metals like cobalt, nickel and copper is recovered.

Also, fears that the carbon footprint could be high because of dirty power supplies are misplaced. Our lifecycle emissions tool shows that even in coal-intensive countries like Poland, today’s battery electric car still performs better than a petrol or diesel vehicle because of its far greater efficiency. The benefit in Europe on average is three times that of today’s fossil fuelled car.

Julia Poliscanova
Senior Director for Clean Vehicles
Transport & Environment
Brussels, Belgium

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