Rigorous studies from the UCS and beyond find the typical EV costs 15-68% more CO₂ to produce — about 1-4 tons. The EV will pay off its “carbon debt” after 6-16 months on the road, leaving an EV with half the lifecycle footprint even in suboptimal conditions (such as on the US 2015 electric grid). … Read more
To summarize: the weight hurts, but a torquey EV with good regen can handle that. It’s the aerodynamics that kill you. EVs are designed to slip through the air; putting a trailer-sized parachute behind an EV will double the amount of energy needed to maintain speed.