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FURI Spring 2020
Sustainability

Is the Demand for Tesla Worth It? Investigating the Life Cycle Assessment and Long-Term Effects of Upstream Emissions from Battery Electric Vehicles

Tesla’s CEO claims that their solar fueled fleet of battery electric vehicles (BEV) will guide the company to ‘carbon neutrality’. This research aims to determine whether Tesla is producing BEVs with more sustainable life cycles than internal combustion engine (ICE) and hybrid (HE) vehicles. A life cycle assessment (LCA) corresponding to the stages of Tesla’s supply chain will be conducted by mathematically modeling emissions data from the Argonne National Laboratory and the International Council on Clean Energy in MatLab and Vensim. Comparisons between this LCA and models for ICE and HEs will determine whether Tesla’s BEVs have a statistically significant decrease in upstream emissions.

Abigail Pezelj

Abigail Pezelj

Tempe, Arizona, United States

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