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Why surging sales of large electric vehicles raises environmental red flags

November 7, 2023


Electric cars are getting bigger and heavier. In 2019, 30% of the electric vehicle (EV) models available worldwide were sports utility vehicles (SUVs).

Fast forward to 2022 and that figure stood at 40%—equivalent to the share of small and medium car options combined. Other large models accounted for more than 15%.

There’s an issue with this. Larger and heavier EVs require bigger batteries to power them. In fact, the battery of an SUV can be double the size of that in a smaller vehicle.

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