The vehicle life cycle

Comprehensive environmental records for electric mobility must take account of the entire life cycle of a vehicle – i.e. including vehicle manufacture and disposal and the energy supply for all areas (life cycle approach). The chart shows the different stages of a vehicle’s life cycle. Click on the individual areas (and/or in the bar on the right) for more information about the different stages of a vehicle’s life cycle and key features of the environmental record.

A comprehensive analysis of the vehicle life cycle is given in our study "Further development and in-depth analysis of the environmental record of electric vehicles” (commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency, 2015). It contains the complete evidence base for our investigations along with many more details which have merely been outlined on this website in order to give an overview.