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  •  Transmission losses, etc. taken into account (5+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, kyril, mamamedusa, davehouck, splashy

    EV is better CO2-wise than most cars on the road in the US, even in areas with the worst form of electricity:

    Since the average mpg for US cars currently on the road is 21 mpg, a good percentage of those in the worst areas would still save on CO2 by going electric.

    •  They would save even more (0+ / 0-)

      by going hybrid.  There are plenty of cars available today that get twice (or more) that 21mpg . . . the "electric benefit", such as there is (which is not much if any) comes from downsizing and reduced range/performance, not from the switch to electric motor-and-battery.

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 08:27:17 AM PST

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      •  33 is the minimum needed to break even with EV (0+ / 0-)

        On CO2 in an all-dirty-coal electricity location. In locations where the electricity comes from a cleaner mix (like VT, for example), literally nothing comes close to EV, because the electrical grid produces almost no CO2.

        For people who have sufficient solar, wind, or hydro capacity, EV is a ZERO-CO2 option. There is no hybrid that can do that. Period. All of them burn gas part of the time.

        As the grid moves away from coal, EV will become a no-brainer, even in the places where a hybrid is currently a better choice.

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