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8. EVs Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
See, we waited all the way to reason number eight before talking about socially conscious motivations, or “indirect” benefits to you and others.
EVs have no tailpipe emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide, (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), particulate matter (PM), formaldehyde (HCHO), non-methane organic gases (NMOG), or non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC).
True also, the electricity has to come from somewhere, and if it’s from a coal-fired power plant, it usually is still cleaner to run an electric car or plug-in hybrid, but there are exceptions.
“PHEVs and EVs typically have a well-to-wheel emissions advantage over similar conventional vehicles running on gasoline or diesel,” says the U.S. Department of Energy. “In regions that depend heavily on conventional fossil fuels for electricity generation, PEVs may not demonstrate a well-to-wheel emissions benefit.”
On average, CO2 output for an EV per 100 miles is 54 pounds, and for a relatively efficient conventional car, it’s 87 pounds.
Powering from more renewable resources and cleaner power plant supplied grids of course stands to reduce the CO2 from powering an EV.