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Do Electric Vehicles Really Create Less Pollution?

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Published on Aug 12, 2007

This roughed out powerpoint compares 4 types of vehicles: 1) Gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) 2) Hybrid gas-electric vehicle (HEV) 3) Plug-in Hybrid vehicle (PHEV) 4) All-electric vehicle (EV), and the CO2, Volatile Organic Compounds, Carbon Minoxide, and Sulfur Oxides.

Although the electric vehicle produces more sulfer oxides than the others (if the power comes from coal), for the other three forms of pollution, the ICE and HEV have much more than the plug-in Hybrid or electric vehicle.

One big advantage of the electric car is that you can make clean power yourself (using solar) and that better government regulation can clean up grid power. But even power from coal is used more efficiently in an electric car then oil in a gas car.

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