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The Case for Electricity

The best way to reduce carbon emissions is to utilize the ever cleaner, greener, more renewable electric grid to power transportation. Only grid-rechargeable cars can attain the end goal of zero-emissions and ensure fuel price stability. In addition, plug-in electric cars make an investment in solar panels even more economically compelling.

  1. The near-term goal of true zero-emission driving can only be achieved with electricity into batteries. Fuel cells, even with hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment, remain decades from marketability for cars. Hydrogen will require hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure development, will be generated with fossil fuels for the foreseeable future, is less efficient than electricity, and presents storage and pressurization challenges.

  2. True well-to-wheels zero emission driving can only be achieved near-term with renewably generated electricity, like solar, wind, and hydro. Biofuels can never achieve zero-emissions and require massive amounts of electricity and fossil fuels to be created. In addition, evidence suggests biological matter is more efficiently used for electricity generation than liquid fuel creation.

  3. Of all the alternative transportation fuels, only electricity is infrastructure-ready.

  4. Cost per mile will always be cheaper with electricity.

  5. Electricity generation and distribution is publicly regulated. Public and citizen involvement in pricing and rule-making is not possible with petroleum or bio-fuels.

  6. We can ensure that electricity generation will be ever more renewable, cleaner, diversified, distributed, redundant, and secure.

  7. Improvements in energy density and price reductions for advanced batteries are evidence of that which is achievable with large format car batteries. Even without massive investment from government, advanced batteries for cars have developed far more rapidly than fuel cell/hydrogen technology.

  8. Plug-in hybrids and electric cars offer a difference in kind rather than just degree. As long as the market only offers gasoline vehicles of varying efficiencies rated in mpg, the choice for consumers is always relative.

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