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Plug-in Hybrids and Dirty Power

11 August 2010

In the latest interactive infographic from Scientific America, the magazine looks at the emissions from hybrid versus all-electric vehicles.  Even though all-electric vehicles don’t idle, they still have to charge from a grid that gets over 60% of electricity by burning coal.  According to SA, the dirty truth is that in Minnesota, it actually produces MORE carbon emissions to drive an all-electric than a hybrid. What do you think?

:: Scientific America

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 11 August 2010 2:16 pm

    My question would be why are they not recharging on their own instead of being plug in?

    You have 3 sorces of energy and I am wondering why we are not using all three to keep the car running and charged.


    Just a thought I am not an enginer but don’t understand why these can not be used if we but think out side the box of tradition.


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