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Electric cars emit less carbon than average U.S. new car, everywhere in the world

Electric cars emit less carbon than average U.S. new car, everywhere in the world

When electric cars first arrived in 2011, it was a reasonable question: Aren't you just shifting emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack? The answer is yes, but the carbon emissions per mile of an electric car—properly measured on a wells-to-wheels basis—are virtually always lower... read more

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Electric cars vs bicycles: which has a higher carbon footprint?

Electric cars are simply nicer and calmer to drive than conventional cars, and as their prices fall, that may be what will lure mass-market buyers over time. But they have... read more February 3, 2017 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt

Challenging Arthur Little study on electric-car emissions: questionable assumptions

Transitions into new technologies always generate confusion and misinformation, and certainly that has been the case with modern electric cars. Buyers, automakers, and... read more January 19, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.

In Just One Year, Electric Cars Have Gotten Cleaner: How'd They Do That?

Electric cars have no tailpipe emissions, but their overall impact on the environment includes the electricity generated to recharge their batteries. The carbon emissions... read more December 18, 2014 by


 
Power plant

Coal Makes Electric Cars Bad? No, Plug-Ins Show Coal As Bad

Every so often, electric-car skeptics will attack the idea of using grid electricity to power a car by bringing up coal. "Yeah," the argument goes, "but you're just burning... read more September 13, 2013 by


 
Smog in New York City

Nissan Exec Calls Electric Leaf Pollution "Bull"

We all know that electric cars have zero tailpipe emissions, but the claim that electric cars move the pollution from the tailpipe to the power station chimney has long been... read more December 6, 2011 by 10


 
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Electric Car Critiques Can Have Merit, But Check Your Source

Earlier this week, Cnet published a story claiming that the European version of the Chevrolet Volt, the 2012 Vauxhall Ampera, was no more environmentally friendly than an... read more July 22, 2011 by 10


 
How Green Is My Plug-In, illustration by Holly Lindem

Electric Vehicles: As Clean As The Grid Powering Them

Electric vehicles are zero emissions, right? That's a rhetorical question. As I'm sure most of you are aware, that statement is only correct up to a point. Most electric... read more July 21, 2010 by 11


 

 
 

 
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