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Did you know EVs can be more harmful than conventional, hybrid cars? know what IIT Kanpur says

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A recent study at IIT Kanpur revealed that electric vehicles are more harmful to the environment than hybrid and conventional cars. According the study, EVs are more expensive on a per-kilometer basis.

A recent research that was carried out at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur cast doubt on the assertion that electronic automobiles are better for the environment than hybrid cars and traditional cars that use internal combustion engines.

According to a paper that was put out by the Engine Research Lab at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), the production, usage, and disposal of electric automobiles results in the release of 15 to 50 percent more greenhouse gases (GHGs) than hybrid and conventional engine cars do.

The purchase, insurance, and maintenance of electronic vehicles (EVs) are considerably more expensive on a per-kilometer basis, with increases ranging from 15 to 60 percent. The research also revealed that hybrid electric vehicles are the least harmful to the environment.


The research on electric, hybrid, and conventional automobiles was carried out at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur with the assistance of a Japanese organization. In order to compute the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the vehicles, the research separated the automobiles into three distinct groups: two groups representing international manufacturers and one group representing Indian manufacturers.


According to the findings of a study that was carried out by Professor Avinash Agarwal of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Battery Electric Cars (BEVs) are responsible for 15–50% greater greenhouse gas emissions than other types of cars.

When it comes to BEVs, the battery has to be charged with power. However, at the moment, 75 percent of the country’s electricity is generated from coal, which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In a similar vein, the costs associated with the purchase, operation, and maintenance of battery automobiles are 15–60% greater per kilometer when compared to hybrid and conventional vehicles.

Although they produce the least amount of greenhouse gas emissions compared to the other two types of vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are more expensive than the other two categories of automobiles.

The key factor contributing to the high cost of hybrid vehicles is the high level of government taxes imposed on these vehicles. According to the findings of the IIT analysis, if the government is serious about promoting clean technology, then hybrid automobiles should be taxed on the same level as battery vehicles.

The research also stated that despite being harmful to the environment, cheaper taxes and other incentives to purchasers are being offered to encourage the purchase of battery electric automobiles.

When compared to automobiles with conventional engines, hybrid vehicles achieve between 1.5 and 2 times the amount of miles per gallon.

Prof. Aggarwal also mentioned that purchasing a vehicle with a conventional engine is more cost-effective than purchasing a battery-driven vehicle for personal usage. However, taxi companies may save more money by using a car powered by batteries. However, hybrid cars are the most environmentally friendly option currently available.

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