17 Feb '12, 7pm

Are Electric Cars Worse Than Gas Cars in China?

Are Electric Cars Worse Than Gas Cars in China?

More a Story About Coal Plants Than Electric Cars... A recent study by researchers at the University of Tennessee has been making the rounds on the web lately. Its conclusions are interesting, but they must be kept in context to stay valid. So what's the study about and what are its conclusions?Researchers looked at the impact of electric vehicles in China (mostly e-bikes, which are very popular there, but also electric cars) on air quality, and more precisely on the particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions because these are the most likely to have health impacts. The finding that has many people talking is: For most cities, the net result is that primary PM2.5 environmental health impacts per passenger-km are greater for e-cars than for gasoline cars (3.6× on average), lower than for diesel cars (2.5× on average), and equal to diesel buses. In contrast, e-bikes yield lower en...

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