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2015-11. How Do Electric Vehicles Compare to Conventional Gasoline-Powered Vehicle When It Comes to Global Warming Emissions?

posted Nov 12, 2015, 3:07 PM by Alan Gould
By Rachael Nealer, Union of Concerned Scientists. For GSS Energy Use chapter 9. Excerpt: ...battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), which run solely on electricity. My research shows that BEVs, which have the largest batteries, produce less than half the global warming emissions than comparable gasoline vehicles over their lifetime.  ...compared to an average 29-mile-per-gallon (mpg) car—similar to a Mazda 3 or a VW Golf—a 84-mile-range battery-electric car such as a Nissan Leaf would offset its additional manufacturing emissions within six months of average U.S. driving.  ...Today there are about 20 EV models on the U.S. market in various sizes, shapes and prices, and many of them would suit most routine transportation needs. Our 2013 survey with Consumer’s Union, for example, found 42 percent of U.S. households, given their driving habits, could use today’s EVs....  http://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/ucs-publications/EV-global-warming-emissions   See also Cleaner Cars from Cradle to Grave (2015)    ..."battery electric cars generate half the emissions of the average comparable gasoline car, even when pollution from battery manufacturing is accounted for."