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Anonymous asked in EnvironmentGreen Living · 2 months ago

Do electric cars in the US pollute more than combustion cars?

Car batteries are currently polluting (and currently not recyclable). In addition, most electricity generation comes from burning oil, gas and coal. In addition to nuclear energy that leaves radioactive waste.

The serious solution is wind or solar energy but the climate in the USA does not help. Or maybe hydroelectric.

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  • 2 months ago
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    Pollution wise they are about break even.  When you look at how much pollution Hydro produces or wind they pollute less.  If coal is used they pollute more than gas. does.  There advantage is in citys were they do reduce air pollution. By moving the source of the pollution out of State. Such as California. The big problem with electric vehicles is cost to use.  The Philippine Government tried 3 years ago to switch to the electric jeepney & electric trikes for transportation to reduce pollution.  Even with Federal backing. In 1 year they gave up on electric vehicles do to the great greater cost of using them in cost per mile. So who will pay?  As the cost is about the same as $6 a gallon gas to use. Today if you go electric per mile traveled.

  • david
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    IC engines are only about 20% efficient. That means about 80% of the power gets p!ssed away as heat or something else. Powerplants have a higher efficiency rating. Further, as powerplants undergo modernization or are decommissioned new higher efficiency plants come on line. Wind, solar, geothermal etc generate fewer to no emissions.

    Finally, car batteries *CAN* be recycled. Nobody bothers. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You are awesome. Almost every part of that is wrong.

  • 2 months ago

    Eventually, they will become a disaster once those dead bodies accumulate. However, the Democrat liberals usually don't look into long term effects.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It depends on how you look at it because a gas car doesn't just use the actual gas it burns, it ALSO contributes to the oil industry which means participating in the oil spills and the Saudis and other Islamist terrorists getting much richer every day and all the bombs and murders and wars they start. So maybe in the short term in the immediate sense but we're trying to get free of enriching the Arabs and their suck up ARAMCO Republicon dupes selling US out to the oil princes.

  • zipper
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They give off no carbon foot print, but they mite give off acid fuelmess that could cause trouble later on.  I for one think the idea is good; but much more study needs to be done. We may be trading one problem for a worse one, fumes can do all kinds of damage, and they im a confined space kill you!  MORE STUDY IS NEEDED!

  • garry
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    depends if the eletricity to run them is produced by coal or wind power either way to make electricity you need to mine steel dont you .

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Batteries have to be charged by some power source.. Oil will be in very short supply in 25 years and lithium will be used up soon after when we try to switch to battery power.. Then we are SOL back to cave man days... 

  • 2 months ago

    Yes, wind and solar, while not perfect, are a good solution but the climate in the USA IS amenable to both - - in spots. Wind is most efficient in the Midwest, Great Plains, and most montane areas. Using the vertical turbines or painting one of the propeller-type blades black seems to cut bird deaths significantly. Solar energy is most efficient in the Southwest, although economically feasible elsewhere. I am not a fan of hydroelectric power that relies on dams erected solely for power. Even with fish ladders, dams block migration of fishes and destroy the habitat they need.

    There is no need for me to comment on recyclability of batteries; that has been done.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes, the snowflakes, fruits and nuts in California and other underinformed think that the Power Fairy charges their batteries.........will be fun when they try to turn the air conditioning on and think they can get a full 200 miles out of their electric cars.

  • Rick
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    depends on how deep you look .....  On the surface, no, BUT if you look deeper, at HOW that recharging electricity is produced, yep.

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