28 Sep '11, 3pm

Plug-in Vehicles Have Been Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting

Plug-in Vehicles Have Been Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting

While all studies leave room to quibble, the bottom line conclusion is clear: "[T]oday’s HEVs and PHEVs with small battery packs offer more emissions reduction and petroleum displacement per dollar spent with less of a need for new infrastructure and with lower uncertainty about future costs ... " The detail is a bit dense for an investment blog, but two summary graphs from the article go a long way toward reducing glittering generalities to hard economics. They summarize the direct and indirect costs for five types of vehicles under three possible scenarios. The term CV refers to conventional vehicles with internal combustion engines. The term HEV refers to conventional hybrid electric vehicles. The terms PHEV20 and PHEV60 refer to plug-in hybrids with electric drive ranges of 20 km and 60 km, respectively (12.5 and 37.5 miles). The term BEV240 refers to a battery electri...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011...

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