Fossil Fuel Interests Downplaying EV Benefits? No Way!
An interesting development late this week involving a study ‘proving’ that fossil fuel cars are less carbon intensive than EVs until EVs have done 48,000 miles.
The study - released by a company called Clarendon Communications - uses life cycle analysis figures released by Polestar for their EV and compares it against laboratory-tested tailpipe emissions for fossil fuel vehicles. So, to clarify, the TOTAL CO2 impact for an EV is compared against the tailpipe only impact from a fossil fuel car - as measured in a lab, not real world. Not the total CO2 impact of building the car, mining or drilling for the fossil fuel, refining it and transporting it to the petrol station.
But where this story gets interesting is that the report was backed by Aston Martin and Bosch. Aston Martin, remember, stopped development of electric cars in January of this year. So it was quite surprising to learn that Clarendon Communications has a very small footprint on the internet and listed on its website only two clients - Aston Martin and Bosch. What’s more interesting is that the Companies House register entry for Clarendon lists one director. That director is listed as sharing a surname and a residential address with Aston Martin’s head of corporate affairs.
So the head of Aston Martin’s Corporate Affairs is married to a woman who is the director of a company that produced a poorly sourced study accusing EVs of being less environmentally friendly than fossil fuel cars after Aston Martin stopped plans to produce electric cars.
Of course Aston Martin have denied that they had anything to do with this and stated “Aston Martin Lagonda have no formal links with Clarendon Communications, who are contracted to another report contributor to support on Public Affairs and Stakeholder Management.” They do, however, confirm the link between Clarendon and their head of corporate affairs.
But since this report was broken Clarendon have removed the names of both Bosch and Aston Martin as clients from their website.
Make of that what you will.