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Climate Insights 2020: Electric Vehicles

Climate Insights 2020: Electric Vehicles

Full Title: Climate Insights 2020: Electric Vehicles
Author(s): Bo MacInnis, Jon Krosnick
Publisher(s): Resources for the Future
Publication Date: October 19, 2020
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Description (excerpt):

According to some natural scientists and economists, one potential step to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change would be the widespread adoption of all-electric vehicles (EVs), which can be powered by electricity generated by sunlight, wind, and water. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (see below), transportation emits more greenhouse gases than any other sector in the US, attributable to transportation’s near-complete dependence on fossil fuels. Thus, emissions can be dramatically reduced by widespread adoption of EVs. Perhaps partly for this reason, manufacturing and sales of EVs have been increasing in recent years. Still, thus far, such sales represent a small share of consumer automobile purchases in the United States.

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