Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
Sorry, but you can't just flat compare the average electric vehicle to the average gasoline-powered vehicle. How does that study account for passenger/cargo capacity? Doesn't look like it does.
Sure a glorified golf cart may emit less than the old family SUV or minivan. But if you have to drive three of them to fit everything you need, it more than defeats the purpose. Not even getting into the environmental costs of all that battery and vehicle manufacturing.
When you start to look at similar vehicle types, the picture changes somewhat.
Jeez your link supports my argument and not yours.
The good news is that electric vehicles do minimize emissions in most of the country. On the coasts, where grid energy is cleanest, charging an electric vehicle produces emissions equivalent to a gasoline-burning vehicle that gets as much as 50 miles per gallon. In Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida and parts of the South and Midwest, that number drops to 41 to 50 miles per gallon -- similar to what hybrids achieve. In most of the Midwest, the average is 31 to 40 miles per gallon.
That editorial only points out that in only the most extremely coal-reliant areas of the country will an EV produce emissions equivalent to a 33 MPG ICE car.
I also wonder if the study cited takes into account the emissions produced to explore for oil, drill for and extract oil, transport oil to refineries, convert it to gasoline, and then transport the gasoline to gas stations. At the very least the last two steps should be counted towards the emissions of ICE cars if you are counting emissions produced by coal plants for EVs.
Edit: I found the report and they do take that into account.