Argument: Electric cars can slash greenhouse gas emissions

Issue Report: Electric vehicles


“Learn Pros And Cons About The All Electric Car”. Article Inspector. – “There are many advantages that are accompanied in an electrical vehicle. Namely, you are saving air of pollutants that would otherwise be spewing into the environment. Electrical vehicles are 100% emission free, and are free of pollution by-products. They provide their power from batteries, solar, or hydrogen fuel cells.”

“Electric Cars Could Slash Global Warming by 2050 (but Harm Our Air)”. Popular Mechanics. 19 July 2007 – While auto engineers continue tweaking designs for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and squabbling over the battery technology to power them, researchers today confirmed that the cars can, indeed, significantly cut our contributions to global warming. By 2050, a new study says, broad acceptance of PHEVs could cut up to 6.12 billion tons of greenhouse gases each year—approximately 2.5 times the amount currently emitted by power plants.

“Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will cut pollution, emissions, oil use”. 20 July, 2007 – Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality significantly by 2050, reports a new study by The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The assessment says that widespread adoption of PHEVs could reduce GHG emissions from vehicles by more than 450 million metric tons annually in 2050 — equivalent to removing 82.5 million passenger cars from the road — a reduce gasoline consumption by 3 million to 4 million barrels per day in 2050. Further, the shift towards PHEVs would not put a large amount of strain on the U.S. electrical grid: a 60 percent market share for PHEVs would use 7 percent to 8 percent of grid-supplied electricity in 2050.

Alok Jha. “Electric cars given official green light to boost climate change goals”. The Observer. 22 June 2008 – Electric cars could play a major role in the shift to environmentally friendly transport, the government will reveal this week. As part of its long-awaited renewable energy strategy, to be published on Thursday, it will argue that there is massive potential in the UK for plug-in hybrids, for car batteries charged on grid electricity and for vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

The proposal is part of a £100bn scheme to reinvigorate Britain’s flagging plans for cutting emissions of carbon dioxide. Developing cars to run on electricity is important because their energy can be derived from renewable energy sources, the strategy points out.

“G8: Electric cars on agenda after carbon ‘victory'”. The Times Online. 9 July 2008 – “Leaders hail breakthrough after persuading US to agree for the first time to adopt target for reducing carbon emissions.”

“What can we do about climate change?”. Telegraph. 19 July 2008 – British motorists should drive electric or hybrid vehicles and learn “eco-driving” techniques to reduce carbon emissions, Gordon Brown has said.