Even though electric cars rely on electricity from our dirty, antiquated (usually coal-fired) electric power grid, a new study by the WWF finds that even despite that fact, electric cars are the greenest option for the future.
From the article:
Dramatically expanded use of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles would be a way to a transport future that doesn’t risk climate catastrophe, a major new WWF analysis has found.
Such a move would also reduce the risk of conflict over less oil more and more concentrated in relatively unstable areas of the world.
Plugged In: The End of the Oil Age considers the future of a transport sector now 95 per cent dependent on liquid hydrocarbon fuels and examines the impacts and practicalities of electric, coal-to-liquid, gas-to-liquid, natural gas and hydrogen powered transport for the future
It finds that vehicles running solely or partly on grid-connected electricity are more efficient and less greenhouse gas intensive than all alternatives, even with most power now being generated using fossil fuels.