28 Sep '11, 3am

Are small batteries the future for hybrid cars?: It then estimated lifecycle emissions damages for comparable ne...

Small battery packs could offer more social benefits in the near term than large battery packs with longer electric range. That’s the verdict of a new study by Carnegie Mellon University ’s Jeremy Michalek, who determined that small battery packs could promote the adoption of hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles , ahead of plug-in hybrids and battery electric cars with larger battery packs. According to Michalek, the study assesses how much externality damage reduction plug-in vehicles can offer in the US and at what cost. It gathered data on the quantity and location of emissions released from exhausts; the externality costs of damages caused by these emissions; and estimated other costs associated with oil consumption. It then estimated lifecycle emissions damages for comparable new mid-size vehicles, including: a conventional vehicle; hybrid ele...

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