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Top 7 Reasons for Considering an Electric Vehicle Today

This post was written by Josh Goldman, policy analyst, Clean Vehicles, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and was originally published on the UCS’ blog, The Equation, on April 2, 2014.

SACE is partnering with Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to highlight clean fuel vehicle strategies to cut oil consumption. UCS’ Half the Oil plan aims to cut projected U.S. oil use over the next 20 years. UCS has recently conducted analysis which shows that electric vehicles (EVs) are a viable oil-saving and global warming solution for our country. According to the plan, over 40% of new vehicles sold in 2035 could run on electricity instead of oil, which would save 1.5 million barrels of oil per day. Their State of Charge report found that nationwide, EVs charged from the electricity grid produce lower global warming emissions than the average compact gasoline-powered vehicle—even when the electricity is produced primarily from coal in regions with the “dirtiest” electricity grids. And EVs will only get cleaner as more renewable electricity comes online.

You may have heard a lot recently about electric vehicles (EVs). Sales of EVs are up, manufacturers are beginning to offer a variety of EV models – from sportscars to sedans – and our recent analysis found that 42 percent of American households with a vehicle could use an EV.
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