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Electric vehicles are not the greenhouse silver bullet many think

Increased EV usage will lead to higher emissions in fossil-fuel reliant countries

| Southeast Asia
A charging station in Liuzhou, pictured on Sept. 6: policymakers need to ensure that electricity grids are carbon-neutral.   © VCG/Getty Images

Callysta Thony and Rachel Tan are senior strategy consultants leading the smart cities and sustainability practice areas at Eden Strategy Institute, a strategy consulting firm with a focus on social innovation headquartered in Singapore.

Electric vehicles have long been touted as the solution to the transport sector's greenhouse woes, with governments facing increasing pressure to fast forward the transition to EVs to help meet emissions targets.

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