- Mar 7, 2010
- Reaction score
- Near San Francisco
A) You would generally still get more miles out of an EV for the equivalent fossil fuel compared to gasoline in an ICE in terms of air pollution, unless you live somewhere where power is entirely coal like Poland, or West Virginia. Even if only 15% of the power is from natural gas, it starts to tip in EVs' favor.Most power plants are still fossil-fueled, so regardless of if you have an ICE or an EV, it's still ultimately burning dinosaurs to power it unless you live close enough to nuclear or hydro
B) Managing pollution at one source is much simpler, and much more effective, than trying to namage the pollution from thousands of individual vehicles with all of their own exhaust systems. And every time the power generation grid gets an upgrade, instantly every EV that draws power from it gets that same upgrade, whether it's improved environmental/pollution standards, or an increase in renewables.
C) the pollution from power generation is localized to the power plant, as opposed to just a few feet separating the particulate coming from tailpipes to your lungs.
D) More and more renewable energy is brought online all the time. So what might be 60% coal/30% nat gas/10% renewable today will invariably by 58%/28%/14% soon, and then 50%/25%/25% etc, while ICE cars are likely as efficient and clean as they will ever be.
E) if you're able to, throw some solar on the roof, and get at least a good chunk of your miles for free, paying for the solar in just a few years.
Like I mentioned in the last post, I totally get that they aren't for everyone...especially that last point above. Apartment dwellers without parking, for example, is a biggie.