if your primary power source isn't renewable, your electric car is just outsourcing its pollution
@HTHR True but it's a lot easier to upgrade the maybe 100 power plants in the state with new tech than upgrading a few hundred thousand powerplants
@HTHR not really. Electric engines are incredibly efficient compared to fuel-based ones. Even if your whole power comes from coal, the overall balance is better. However we still have no idea how to mass-produce clean batteries :/
@HTHR others told you about efficiency already (and there is actual research confirming EVs are cleaner overall), but there's also the chicken and egg problem: we need to upgrade both cars and power plants to be clean, and it doesn't matter from which way to start. Refusing to do one part simply because the other isn't ready doesn't do any good.
@HTHR yes, but less, because ICE only uses 20% of the energy available, while electric uses 80% (including storage losses etc.).
And a big polluting plant converts fuel -> energy at a decent rate. Less pollution than driving ICE, but you are still right.
I will always use renewable energy for my car :)
@HTHR Electric cars are much better than to pump up oil, refine it to diesel/gasoline and then burn it. Battery manufacturing is going to get better and better.
People still need to buy new cars and electric is the best alternative today. Could be different in the future.
I charge my electric car at work everyday with solar power 😊
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