"It has been proven" One of life's great weasel phrases."
Bit much Rob. You've taken what I said, out of context. I never did make a comparison with the entire life of the vehicle just this; "..it has been proven that the construction of an EV uses twice the energy to produce than that of a petrol vehicle..." I was merely getting that point across, now if you want the evidence:
The RAC have published an article (rac.co.uk/drive/advice/emissions/are-electric-cars-actually-worse-for-the-environment/) " From the moment an electric car hits the street it emits no tailpipe emissions, but will still produce some degree of pollution from tyre and brake particles. The real environmental impact though, occurs before an electric car has left the factory floor." A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) highlights that emissions from battery electric vehicle (BEV) production are generally higher than those from internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV) production. One study (sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876610217309049) suggests that CO2 emissions from electric car production are 59% higher than the level in production of traditional internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs).
You can argue as much as you like, but what manufacturers do is, they don't mention that these BEV's are powered by the 'magic energy tree' and thus the energy used to provide a charge is not factored in to the environmental damage to make EV's look practically without flaw. Locally, there's little doubt electric cars make our urban areas cleaner and quieter too. Once on the road, they’re also responsible for much lower emissions than cars powered by fossil fuels. The challenge they face now is to further reduce the emissions produced through EV manufacturing and energy production. As electric cars become more widespread, cleaner energy generation, better recycling schemes and improvements to battery technology are all needed before we feel the full benefit of their green potential.
See these; https://stopthesethings.com/2020/05/13/ ... landfills/https://arizonadailyindependent.com/201 ... -copper-2/https://www.dw.com/en/chiles-lithium-bl ... a-43721539
My comment was just to indicate the hypocritic nature of the concept of 'green' vehicles. Why would they tell you how your new EV is really not that green in all this?
IMHO - the jury is out for now.