30 Jul '13, 11pm

Are Electric Cars Really Clean?

Are Electric Cars Really Clean?

Photo-illustration: Smalldog Imageworks My July article critiquing the electric car, “Unclean at Any Speed ,” received a great number of responses, many of them disapproving. Detractors mainly argue that several studies have concluded that electric cars are clean, that electrical grids are shifting to alternative sources of energy, that electric vehicles will pave the way to energy independence, and that the future of electric vehicles is bright. Let me address these points in turn. First, I did not try to evaluate the accuracy of the data that particular studies had used, nor did I try to demonstrate that supporters of the electric car were outside some mainstream consensus that went in the opposite direction. Indeed, many researchers do claim that electric cars will produce many environmental and even economic benefits. Rather, my article was a critique of the way these ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/renewables/ozzie-zehner-r...

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