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According to Emmissions Analytics (https://www.emissionsanalytics.com/news/hybrids-are-better), an independent global testing and data specialist for emissions and fuel efficiency, claims that hybrids are more effective at using batteries compared to electric vehicles.

The article starts by citing that battery electric vehicles are not as effective as hybrids because of factors like battery scarcity, battery sizes, supply chain, and production.

So long as this scarcity remains, a major concern is that the push to pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will crowd out a more effective programme of mass hybridisation. Put another way, given the urgency of the need to reduce CO2, paradoxically BEVs may not be the best way to achieve it with their supply chain, production capacity, infrastructure and customer acceptance challenges. The assertion that BEVs are required to solve air quality problems is confusing the argument – cities in Europe can be brought into compliance with conventional internal combustion engines, with technology on the market today. Electrification is first and foremost a CO2 reduction technology, but what strategy mix represents the correct path?
The problem with the pure electric vehicle approach is that the transition will be slow, BEVs need disproportionately large batteries to give acceptable consumer utility, just as battery capacity is currently a scarce resource. As cumulative CO2 emissions are important for climate change – due to the long life of the gas in the atmosphere – a smaller reduction per vehicle now, but across many more hybrid vehicles, would eliminate a far greater volume of CO2 than applying the scarce battery resource to a smaller number of BEVs. This approach also helps mitigate naturally slow fleet turnover, with the average age of cars on the road being over twelve years.
Based on their research they found that hybrids were more effective at reducing CO2 than EVs.



But the biggest omission is that the report doesn't include CO2 " in fuel extraction, refining and transportation, as well as in the production and distribution of electricity. Some studies suggest the upstream CO2 of the electricity is greater than for gasoline, but the relative efficiency calculations here implicitly assume they are equal."

I see the point they're trying to make but I'm not entirely sold on the idea of hybrids as a better option than EVs. Especially when you factor in everything that goes into producing oil and gasoline. But it's a very interesting take to say the least.
 

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The population of humans on the planet has skyrocketed in the last 50 years and each extra human expels CO2 and uses their amount of resources. Get certain countries to curb their population growth and most of the problem goes away. The main problem is that they will do nothing and blame first world countries for all the pollution.

As to the OP’s quandary I see the point of the article. Getting a million automobiles to pollute a small fraction less is more effective than getting ten thousand automobiles to pollute a moderate amount less.
 
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