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New NASA Mission Focuses Upon Electric Cars

A program going on at the governmental space agency NASA to examine ways to lower greenhouse gas emissions by making use of plug-in electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt is seeing some successes. This achievement is happening at a far greater amount then initially expected, according to researchers.

The pilot project, being undertaken at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, reports reduction numbers 10 times better than hoped for. Working with 10 Kennedy workers who commute daily and plug-in their cars at the center’s charging stations, each individual, in exchange for receiving free charging, fills out a spreadsheet each day documenting how many miles were driven and the road and traffic conditions.
An electric car taking part in a program to investigate potential ways to lower emissions is seen plugged in at Kennedy. Image Credit: NASA

An electric car taking part in a program to investigate potential ways to lower emissions is seen plugged in at Kennedy. Image Credit: NASA

Calculations are made from this information, reportedly showing “a dramatic reduction in the amount of emissions from the daily commute.” It is being compared, it looks like, against your typical emissions generated from gasoline powered cars that might be used in a similar fashion.
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