Which is better for the environment, an electric car or a hybrid? The answer to that is a lot more complex than it may seem, but the simple answer is that it depends on the state where you live.
A new report from Climate Central, A Roadmap to Climate Friendly Cars, states that:
“An electric car is only as good for the climate as the electricity used to power it. And in states that rely heavily on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas for their electricity there are many conventional and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that are better for the climate than all-electric cars.”
The study features a comprehensive state-by-state analysis of the climate impacts of electric cars, plug-in hybrid electric cars, and high-mileage, gas-powered hybrid cars, and includes factors such as the energy source for the local grid and the emissions from manufacturing the vehicles.
The report’s findings include the fact that in many states, a gas-powered hybrid is better for the climate over the first 50,000 miles, and in others, a plugin hybrid is the best option (just barely squeezing out full EVs in 11 states).
Read or download the entire report here: Hybrids Better for Climate than Leaf, Tesla in Most States
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