This paper looks at the impact of electric vehicles on CO2 emissions specifically based on the type of electricity used in each New England state analyzed. The research looks at the question of whether or not emissions will in fact be lowered as electric cars start to take the majority of vehicles used instead of the conventional cars that take up a much larger percent of the motor vehicles used today. Taking into account the use of electricity and how many sources of electricity also release a substantial amount of emissions, we see how valid the public opinion of electric cars helping lower the carbon footprint really is. If the United States has to start increasing the production of electricity to provide for the increase in electric vehicles, the CO2emissions count from production of electricity will also rise and have a more negative effect than what is being assessed and estimated currently.
"The Real Footprint of Electric Vehicles, and What That Could Mean For Our Future,"
Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics at Colby:
1, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/jerec/vol3/iss1/15
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