A recent study shows that for most Michiganders charging their electric vehicles could produce more greenhouse-gas emissions than fueling up and driving the most efficient gas-powered hybrids.
The Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed how electricity is produced around the U.S., with regions more dependent on coal receiving a lower score.
“Today, in Michigan, our analysis is an electric vehicle is as good as some of the best gas vehicles and some hybrids, and if Michigan continues to invest in renewable energy, it can go from being a ‘good region’ to a ‘best region,’ ” said Don Anair, one of the researchers.
The researchers say that in Michigan 70% of electricity is produced by coal-burning power plants, so a plug-in electric vehicle affects the environment the same as a car that gets 38 m.p.g. The study tries to make people aware of the fact that even if it is an electric vehicle, emissions are associated with charging it.
Jesse Toprak, vice president of market intelligence for the new vehicle research and pricing site TrueCar.com says that this study will not affect consumer behavior and that buying an electric vehicle now could help the environment in the long run by helping drive down the costs of the cleaner vehicles through higher demand.