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Old 05-15-2013, 11:37 AM   #92
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Originally Posted by Fedaykin View Post
No, because

a.) Producing electricity, even in a coal plant, is far more efficient than producing energy in an internal combustion engine. This is pretty much entirely about gains from scale and using more efficient ways to capture thermal energy that results from burning fossil fuels
That's theoretically true, if you're talking about instantly using the energy as it's generated. Once you start dealing with transmission and storage losses (as you do in a transportation scenario) efficiency suffers a lot. And once you start looking at the environmental costs of production (like for the massive heavy-metal battery banks) the scales pretty much tip against the EV (so long as you compare it to a similarly sized and priced gas or diesel equivalent)
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