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Home arrow Blog arrow 1/16/07- WHY WE NEED ELECTRIC CARS

1/16/07- WHY WE NEED ELECTRIC CARS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Heckeroth, Mother Earth Living   
Friday, 16 February 2007
We already have the technology we need to cure our addiction to oil, stabilize the climate and maintain our standard of living, all at the same time. By transitioning to sustainable technologies, such as solar and wind power, we can achieve energy independence and stabilize human-induced climate change.
Increasing transportation efficiency is the best place to start efforts to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a primary culprit in global warming. Of all CO2 emissions in the United States, about 33 percent comes from transportation.

Plug-in hybrid vehicles and all-electric vehicles (EVs) offer overwhelming advantages, both environmental and financial, over gasoline vehicles. Plug-in hybrids offer the range of hybrids (500 miles or more), plus the benefit of all-electric power for short trips, which dramatically reduces the amount of gasoline used. EVs require no gasoline whatsoever and, when recharged from renewable energy sources, produce zero total emissions.

Of course, the ultimate goal would be to have all-electric cars charged only by clean, renewable energy. But even if we switch from gasoline-cars to electric cars charged by existing utility grids (which mostly use fossil fuels), there would be a 42 percent national average reduction in CO2 emissions, according to research by Peter Lilienthal of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. To view a chart with the potential reduction of CO2 emissions in your state, click the "Read More" link below and scroll down.

We have the power to demand that automakers offer better transportation choices. Please join the Plug-in Partners National Campaign; together we can transform our transportation system.

If you'd like to learn more about hybrids, plug-in hybrids and more green vehicles, read Nick Yost’s book, The Essential Hybrid Car Handbook. And if you're already driving a hybrid or EV, let us know how you like it by posting comments below.

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 February 2007 )
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