Comment 107317

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted December 22, 2014 at 12:41:21 in reply to Comment 107314

The source of electricity is much more flexible at the source. Electric vehicles are as green as their juice. As a result the carbon footprint of electric vehicles varies widely depending on how the nation produces its electricity.

You are correct, in dirty heavy coal-burning nations, the carbon footprint of electric vehicles is though to be potentially 4X as high as gas powered vehicles according to this source. Whereas, in Hydroelectric/Nuclear dominated generation areas like Canada the carbon footprint can be half of a gas vehicle. The NYT and WSJ(paywalled) articles articulate similar conditionals.

And Canada, with Ontario in particular, is enjoying a quiet but bumpin' solar boom; other areas growing very fast also 1 2. Therefore the carbon footprint of electricity generation is expected to decrease over time; it already is.

Electricity supply is probably going to experience improvement, whereas petroleum will probably continue to experience volatility. An investment in an electric propulsion system (whether bus or rail) will leverage the evolution of our electricity supply, while making it (original) fuel source agnostic.

Comment edited by mikeonthemountain on 2014-12-22 12:43:48

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