Electric Cars Are Cleaner Thanks To The New, Greener U.S. Power Grid
It’s pretty ridiculous to think that there’s an argument that electric vehicles pollute as much as gas-powered vehicles, but it still happens all of the time. Not only are the electric vehicles cleaner than ones that burn fuel, but they’re also made better by the greener electric grid.
In a recent study, the average EV car on electricity is equal to the gasoline car that will get 80 MPG, since those are so widely available (sarcasm). The study is comes from the Union of Concerned Scientists‘ (UCS) state-by-state look at emission generation from electricity to account for the average electric car’s equivalent mpg on the electric grid. It reads:
“Based on data on power plant emissions released in February 2018, driving on electricity is cleaner than gasoline for most drivers in the US. Seventy-five percent of people now live in places where driving on electricity is cleaner than a 50 MPG gasoline car. And based on where people have already bought EVs, electric vehicles now have greenhouse gas emissions equal to an 80 MPG car, much lower than any gasoline-only car available.”
The switch from coal to natural gas in many of the regions has had a big impact, although I wish car companies that produce trucks would stomp flaunting gas mileage. You never see a hue truck get anything above 30 MPG unless you take out a sharpie and color over the facts.
It doesn’t really matter where you are on the road, the real thing that matters is you’re helping in every state you enter.
Look at all the beautiful 51+. What do you say, Mr. Bean?
As the years progress, the more companies and manufacturers will be keen to latch onto clean and renewable energy. That is unless they want to stop making profits. If it’s one thing we know about money, it’s that the cheapest option is the best. The best option is now the cleanest. Not too shabby.
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