The best way to reduce carbon emissions is to utilize the cleaner, greener, more renewable electric grid to power transportation. Only grid-rechargeable cars can attain the end goal of zero-emissions and ensure fuel price stability. In addition, plug-in electric cars make an investment in solar panels even more economically compelling.

  • The near-term goal of true zero-emission driving can only be achieved with electricity into batteries. Fuel cells, even with hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment, remain decades from marketability for cars. Hydrogen will require hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure development, will be generated with fossil fuels for the foreseeable future, is less efficient than electricity, and presents storage and pressurization challenges.
  • True well-to-wheels zero emission driving can only be achieved near-term with renewably generated electricity, like solar, wind, and hydro.
  • Students learning about plugging in.
  • Of all the alternative transportation fuels, only electricity is infrastructure-ready.
  • Cost per mile will always be cheaper with electricity.
  • Electricity generation and distribution is publicly regulated. Public and citizen involvement in pricing and rule-making is not possible with petroleum.
  • We can ensure that electricity generation will be ever more renewable, cleaner, diversified, distributed, redundant, and secure.
  • Improvements in energy density and price reductions for advanced batteries are evidence of what is achievable with large format car batteries. Even without massive investment from government, advanced batteries for cars have developed far more rapidly than fuel cell/hydrogen technology.
  • Plug-in hybrids and electric cars are starting to come in many different types: sedans, SUVs, light-duty trucks, medium-duty trucks, and now even city buses.
  • Unless you have driven one, you don’t understand how a constant-torque, full-power-on-GO feels. EVs are fun to drive, in addition to being much more quiet than internal-combustion engines.
At ETCleanFuels 2014 National Drive Electric Week event.