19 Apr '11, 10pm

What’s the true cost of an electric car? Do the gov't subsidies make sense? | blogpost #EV #EDTAconf

What’s the true cost of an electric car? Do the gov't subsidies make sense? | blogpost #EV #EDTAconf

Notice that I said cost and not price; there’s a difference, and it’s relevant to any conversation about business and the environment. Coal-powered electricity is cheap but the price doesn’t reflect the costs of burning coal, including lung disease, mining accidents and greenhouse gas emissions. (See Fossil Fuels: A Legacy of Disaster from the Center for American Progress.) Hamburgers are cheap but the true cost of beef includes methane emissions, farm subsidies and, arguably, heart disease. Gasoline-powered cars externalize costs that include smog, carbon emissions and, some would say, a foreign policy that favors stability, i.e., autocracy over democracy in the Middle East.

Full article: http://www.marcgunther.com/2011/04/19/whats-the-true-cost...

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