Electric vehicles: good for public health and the planet

vehicle tailpipeFrom Fresh Energy, June 20, 2017.

Car exhaust doesn’t just stink, it kills. Pollution from cars and trucks causes serious harm to both public health and our climate. The transportation sector now contributes more carbon dioxide emissions than electricity generation, and road transportation emissions cause 53,000 premature deaths per year nationally. Transportation pollution disproportionately harms children, the elderly, people of color, and low-income communities.

Fortunately, electric vehicles—which have no tailpipe emissions—have lower emissions today and only get cleaner over the life of the car. Thanks to decades of work by Fresh Energy and its partners, Minnesota is making huge strides in generating electricity with less carbon. Fresh Energy is now making a priority to power more of our economy onto clean electricity. By shifting cars onto electricity, we can double our carbon reductions while also improving the quality of life in communities currently burdened by air pollution.

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NOTE: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, based on Wisconsin electricity sources, an all-electric vehicle charged from the grid would emit of 4,455 pounds of CO2 equivalents per year, whereas a hybrid vehicle would emit 6,258 pounds and a gasoline vehicle would emit 11,435 pounds.

State of Wisconsin   Wisconsin data on Emissions from Hybrid and Plug-In Electric Vehicles