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2012 Summer. How Clean Are Electric Vehicles

posted Jul 26, 2012, 1:06 PM by Lisa Ou
| by Don Anair, Catalyst. An article relevant to GSS Energy Use chapter 9. Excerpt: By drawing some or all of their power from the electricity grid instead of the gas pump, EVs slash oil consumption and eliminate tailpipe emissions, but still produce global warming emissions (because the electricity they use is generated from a mix of energy sources, including fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas)...No matter where you live in the United States, an EV slashes oil consumption and has lower global warming emissions than the average new compact gasoline-powered vehicle. But in regions that depend heavily on coal-fired electricity, charging an EV will generate more global warming emissions than in regions that obtain more of their electricity from cleaner sources such as natural gas, solar, and wind power.... Read more: http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/catalyst/member-issue/su12-how-clean-are-electric-vehicles.html