http://insideevs.com/musk-anti-ev-study-clueless/So, what does the study say? Well, basically, that making an electric vehicle – especially its battery – releases more CO2 into the air than driving your average gas car. Since Tesla is a fine target for these sorts of attacks, the specific number used in the report is that making the battery for a Model S creates as much CO2 – 17.2 tons – as driving a gas car for eight years. But, well, if we look at some real numbers, then we see that the EPA says (PDF) that, “A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.” So, well, simple math shows that 17.2 divided by 4.7 is 3.6 years. That’s less than eight, but whatever. For more details, check out Popular Mechanic‘s breakdown, which points out that the study doesn’t calculate the energy needed to refine the gasoline.
Musk wasted no time calling out the flaws in the study on Twitter, but when asked by other users to provide some actual numbers for Tesla’s battery production, he declined, saying only that making the Model 3 will produce “a lot” less CO2 than it takes to make a $35,000 gas car.
This article doesnt share the study or even give a link to it so I think the whole thing holds no merit