13 Apr '12, 8pm

Don't Kill the Electric Car

Nissan Leaf owners cite the lack of gas consumption as a buying consideration. My article in the Automobiles section on Friday addressed the question of electric-vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions. Of course, a fully electric car or a plug-in hybrid running on battery power alone does not emit any greenhouse gases from the tailpipe, but according to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists , in some regions of the United States the electric utility that provides power to charge the electric vehicle’s battery may be spewing a considerable amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. But even in places with the dirtiest electric power supply, driving an electric car can provide environmental benefits. For example, vehicle owners in Colorado, where the electric utilities burn primarily coal and generate a large quantity of greenhouse gases, can provide their own clean e...

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