Electric and Hybrid vehicle emissions
Monday 10th of February 2020
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Electric and Hybrid vehicle emissions

We are seeing more and more electric and hybrid vehicles in Australia and globally “there are now more than 3 million electric vehicles on the road”.[1] The growing availability of these vehicles is leading to exciting changes for both fleet management and the individual consumer market.

“Given the developing Electric and Hybrid vehicle market in Australia, adding new offset opportunities for these vehicle types is a logical step. Greenfleet is ahead of the game in offering these new products to its supporters and we’re excited to be able to service this highly important, growing market” said Wayne Wescott, CEO Greenfleet.

With the elimination or reduction in the need for fuel, a key benefit of both EVs and hybrid vehicles is their potential to significantly reduce transport related greenhouse gas emissions. However, as Australia’s electricity grid has a long way to go until it is completely powered by renewable energy, there are still emissions relating to recharging that need to be considered.

To recognise emissions associated with charging and tailpipe emissions for hybrid vehicles, there are two ways you can offset these vehicles with Greenfleet. When you do, we will plant enough native trees to capture the estimated amount of carbon emissions associated with the vehicle over a 12-month period. Your carbon offset directly supports native reforestation projects across Australia and New Zealand.

Offset options:

Our Electrical Vehicle Offset is based on offsetting the carbon emissions of a passenger vehicle charged from non-renewable electricity. It’s based on planting enough native trees to capture 1.7 tonnes CO2-e, the average emissions from charging from non-renewable energy sources in one year.

Our Hybrid Vehicle Offset is designed for plug-in hybrids and is based on offsetting the tailpipe emissions of a hybrid vehicle, plus the emissions related to charging from non-renewable energy sources. It is based on planting enough native trees to capture 3 tonnes CO2-e, the emissions produced from the tailpipe and charging from non-renewable sources in one year.

Both carbon offset products based on the average travel distance of 14,000km per year and are designed to support businesses and individuals to reduce their carbon emissions.

It is important to note, however, that carbon emissions relating to the manufacturing process (known as “lifecycle emissions”) and battery disposal have not been included.[2]


[1] International Energy Agency (2018)

[2] Green Vehicle Guide: lifecycle emissions