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Electric Vehicles Improve U.S. National Security

While electric vehicles are probably most tied to “being green,” another key societal benefit is that they increase national security, and the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) recently released a report about that as well.
A U.S Army neighbourhood electric vehicle (NEV). Image Credit: U.S Army Website.

A U.S. Army neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV).
Image Credit: U.S. Army Website.

There are multiple reasons for this. The most commonly touted and obvious one is that the United States relies heavily on Middle Eastern countries for petroleum, which is necessary for the production of gasoline and diesel.

The vast majority of American automobiles are powered by this, and some electric vehicles are a bit, too. Unlike some countries, however, petroleum-based fuels aren’t widely used for electricity in the U.S. Coal, natural gas, nuclear energy, and renewable energy sources are the main sources of electricity. According to 2012 data, they accounted for 37.42%, 30.35%, 18.97%, and 17.61% of electricity generation. Petroleum-based fuels accounted for 0.56%.


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