US electric car maker Tesla has released a new report outlining the impact of its products and operations on the environment and society. In the future there should be further evaluations of this kind.
The central statement in Tesla's "Impact Report": The more than 550,000 electric cars sold by the US manufacturer so far have been calculated to save more than four million tonnes of CO2. This corresponds to the emissions of more than 500,000 combustion engine vehicles with a consumption of 13 liters per 100 kilometers.
Tesla's proprietary supercharger fast-charging network has delivered more than 595 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of power to the e-mobility pioneer so far, saving more than 280 million liters of gasoline. "That's enough gas for an average 13-liter, 100-kilometer-powered gasoline to drive over 290,000 times from Los Angeles to New York and back," it says.
As of February 2019, Tesla's energy division has installed solar installations with a total capacity of over 3.5 gigawatts and has generated more than 13 terawatt hours of 100 percent zero-emissions electricity. This is enough to cover the energy needs of all private households in the state of Connecticut for a full year.
A graph shows the relationship between the previous power consumption of Tesla electric cars and the solar energy generated by the company:
The essential effects of Tesla on the environment are based on the products offered. However, in its new report, the company also highlights the carbon footprint and impact of its overall business and supply chain, as well as its workforce and corporate culture.
Tesla is analyzing its global carbon footprint and energy consumption with the goal of minimizing both despite expansion. These include, but are not limited to, production, retail and distribution, the Supercharger store network and warehouses, and business dreams. In terms of energy efficiency, the focus is particularly on the use of renewable energy such as solar power. Also, the recycling of production materials and used batteries have a high priority.
In the supply chain for its products, Tesla promotes responsible and sustainable sourcing of raw materials and materials. This happens in cooperation with suppliers, partners and third party companies and is constantly monitored.
Tesla emphasizes the goal of a "safe, fair and exciting" working environment for employees of all nationalities, genders and religions with a view to the recent focus on the workforce and the prevailing corporate culture.
In his report, Tesla lists various other key values, measures and goals for the company – the complete presentation can be viewed here.