Updated data basis for the environmental calculator

Even after the UMBReLA project came to an end in 2011, ifeu has continued its research into the life cycle assessments of alternative drives. A comprehensive update of the data basis for the environmental calculator was carried out in March 2015. The input data and assumptions are documented in our study entitled Further development and in-depth analysis of the environmental record of electric vehicles (commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency). The static content and charts on this website now reflect this version of the study.

Electric mobility continues to develop with increasing momentum – this also relates to its assessment from an environmental perspective. So we issued a further major update of the environmental calculator in August 2017. Both the significant parameters of electric vehicles (energy density, consumption figures, power generation) and the consumption figures of conventional comparison vehicles have been updated. They now reflect the mean efficiency level of current new cars.

At the beginning of 2020, we finally updated the data basis of the environmental calculator to the status of our latest study on the subject: "Carbon Footprint of electric vehicles - influencing factors and potential for improvement" commissioned by Agora Verkehrswende, 2019. It goes without saying that we are keeping an eye on further developments and endeavour to update the environmental calculator as soon as possible.