Engineering Explained Breaks Down Whether EVs are Worse for the Environment

Jason Fenske analyzes everything from EV battery production to lithium mining to bring a trustworthy answer to this hot debate.
Loukia Papadopoulos

We love YouTube show Engineering Explained Jason Fenske for his clear and well-researched videos that tell us all we need to know about cars. That's why we were especially excited when we noticed he took on the electric vehicle debate regarding their impact on the environment.

"Electric cars are touted as a solution for reducing emissions and improving the environmental impacts of transportation but are electric cars actually any better for the environment than gasoline cars?" reads his video's description.

"This video looks to answer three main questions: 1) Doesn't EV battery production cause a lot of emissions? 2) Don't electric cars get their power from fossil fuels? 3) Isn't lithium mining terrible for the environment?"

Fenske goes through all three questions in great detail, as he always does, and brings us a concrete answer we were satisfied with. The debate is a hot one, and there are lots of different views circulating out there.

Fenske even explains that there is a lot of untrustworthy info you need to watch out for. Luckily we know we can trust Fenske as he sources all his data. One thing we should tell you is that he won't be looking at the end of life emissions, but everything else is analyzed in great detail.

We won't tell you what he concludes, but we will tell you he is likely right in his assessment. Watch the video and see for yourselves.

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