Plug-in Electric Cars- No Panacea

If you listen to the media you would think that plug-ins are the answer to many of our energy and pollution problems. Not.

Pollution

Still there. It has merely shifted from the location of the vehicle to a powerplant some distance away.  The levels of pollution actually increase due to the inefficiencies of the transmission system and the fact that many of the powerplants on the mainland are coal fired. Every mile of transmission line decreases the power available at the plug. It is simply lost in heat.

Reduced petroleum consumption

Nope. See above.  In many area of the country there have been rolling ‘brownouts” during peak electricity use. What will be the effects of thousands of plug-in cars being juiced up?  Perhaps he politicians need a refresher in high school physics.

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