Q: LCA comparing gas to electric vehicles?

Anyone aware of a study comparing gas to electric vehicles from well to destination?

It would be interesting to see how electric stacks up if electricity generation is 60% or 100% coal…

Maybe just as easy as figuring out coal plant emissions & then compare to GREET data?

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3 Responses to Q: LCA comparing gas to electric vehicles?

  1. Sam says:

    Check out this study… http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/es702178s
    They compare a variety of hybrid electric to conventional vehicles, and perform some sensitivity analysis around the electricity mix assumptions.

  2. Paul says:

    great paper! This figure sums it up nicely and was around what I expected.. electric vehicles are better, but not great at reducing GHG:
    http://pubs.acs.org/action/showImage?doi=10.1021/es702178s&iName=master.img-002.jpg&w=362&h=285

    Just in case the link breaks, the citation is:
    Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles: Implications for Policy
    Constantine Samaras, Kyle Meisterling. Environmental Science & Technology 2008 42 (9), 3170-3176

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