The United States has a very particular way of conceiving the world. In its territory, the big triumphs over the small. Americans take bigger, better very seriously, and they apply it to everything. Electric cars are the best solution to reduce environmental pollution, but not all of them are as clean as we might imagine. The crazy emissions of the GMC Hummer EV show that not all electrics should go in the same bag.
It’s clear that the Hummer EV is the greatest force of electric nature. An off-roader made to dominate them all. Neither its size nor its characteristics nor its presence are designed to go unnoticed. We are possibly talking about the most brazen, exaggerated and unnecessary electric on the market, but it is, and when considered as an electric, everyone thinks that it is clean, green and ecological, but nothing like that. Well, it depends on what you compare it to.
The original Hummer, that military vehicle with powerful diesel engines designed to go toe-to-toe with the enemy, was, and still is, a veritable pollution factory on the move. With emissions set at 552 grams of CO2 per kilometer, you can’t say they were efficient, but it didn’t matter much considering the work involved. The recent electric variant launched on the market by GMC should be cleaner, and it is, but not so much.
The ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) is a non-profit organization that develops policies with the intention of reducing energy waste and combating climate change. Founded in 1980, its mission is to achieve a cleaner and more environmentally sustainable world.. They themselves recognize the benefits of electric cars, but consider that we should not put everyone in the same bag, because even if we think not, electric cars also pollute the environment.
Although they do not produce a single CO2 particle during their circulation, electricity pollutes throughout their life cycle. The manufacture of batteries and recharging without renewable energy are what most affect the emissions cycle of an electric. In the United States, it is estimated that 60% of the energy generated is achieved by burning fossil fuels, so until the network is completely disconnected from these power sources, electric vehicles cannot be considered 0% clean vehicles.
Taking this into account, the Hummer EV is by far the most polluting EV on the market. Its massive 212.7 kWh net capacity battery pack weighs a whopping 1,326 kilograms, a significant portion of the Hummer’s 4,110 kilograms in running order. Bearing all this in mind, the ACEEE has estimated that the electric emissions are around 212 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Much more than most of the new cars circulating in the European Union. An absurd figure that opens the debate on whether all electrics should be treated equally.