Friday, March 26, 2010

Electric Car Future? Fix the Grid First

This opinion piece was contributed by Chris Ellis, CEO, HyKinesys. occasionally publishes guest posts in order to encourage meaningful debate on sustainable transportation issues.

France EV Sign

One of the principal reasons put forward for encouraging electric vehicles is their potential to reduce the amount of CO2 produced per mile or kilometer. For example, the �SLondon's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy⬝ states:

“Given current UK electrical grid emissions, EVs are capable of emitting less than 100g CO2/km. This is 37 per cent lower than the 158g CO2/km emitted by the average new car sold in the UK in 2008. ”

Sounds good, doesn't it? However, the European Union has set a target of an average of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer by 2020 for new cars. The current level is approximately 150g CO2/km so this is pretty ambitious. But bear in mind that the latest (non-plug-in) Prius already achieves 89g CO2/km.

read more

Read More... [Source:]

No comments: