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Eclectic, Not Electric

Diana Furchtgott-Roth writes in the City Journal about the emissions reduction potential of electric vehicles.

The C3 Take
  • A study published in the SAE International Journal of Electrified Vehicles has found that pure plug in vehicles can create more emissions than hybrid vehicles, and in some cases, gas-powered vehicles.
  • The process to extract the materials that are needed to make EV batteries is intensive and done in countries with fewer labor and environmental regulations than in the United States.
  • Another reason that emissions from EVs may be higher is that EVs are charging during peak demand when there are higher percentages of fossil fuels generating electricity.
  • By increasing domestic mining capabilities and investing in reliable, carbon-free energy sources policymakers can reduce the emissions impact of electric vehicles.

“Attempts to lower emissions in the United States shouldn’t overlook this research. Focusing on battery-powered electric vehicles may neglect more fruitful means of emissions reduction. As the researchers write, ‘the future is eclectic, not electric.'”

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