PHOTO CAPTION: Th!nk City electric car being tested during Icelandic winter in 2011.

The More Renewable Power, The Cleaner the Electric Car

The more hydroelectric power, solar, wind and similar renewable forms of energy powering the national grid, the cleaner electric cars become, with Iceland and Paraquay being the greenest in terms of CO2 emssions per kilometer

Published: 08-Feb-2013

An analysis by Shrink That Footprint states the carbon emissions of grid-powered electric cars, where coal based generation is used, show little difference than the average petrol vehicles, but in countries with low carbon electricity they are far cleaner than even modern hybrids.

The report titled, Shades of Green: Electric Cars’ Carbon Emissions Around the Globe compares the climatic impact of grid powered electric vehicles in twenty of the world’s major countries in grams of CO2 emitted per kilometer driven. The analysis incorporates the entire range of electrical generation, as well as fuel and vehicle manufacturing emissions.

“This work highlights just how much the climate benefit of going electric varies around the world,” stated Lindsay Wilson, lead author of the analysis. ”For electric cars to achieve their carbon reduction potential they need to be charged with low carbon electricity.”


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