How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle?

How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle?

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a tool that shows CO2 emission per mile for plug-in electric cars - How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle?

Their average results nationwide are:

  • ICE: 381 g CO2 per mile
  • PHEV: 209 g CO2 per mile
  • BEV: 154 g CO2 per mile
If you insert a model (not all are available for comparison) and location, then you get particular results.

As always, the results are specific for "today", and do not consider the anticipated going forward, increased cleanliness of electricity production in the United States.   Therefore in almost all cases, any petrol car compared to a plug-in vehicle would be a comparison of the gas vehicle on its newest (and cleanest) day, to the plug-in's worst day.

We grabbed a few models and checked results for Auburn, California. Feel free to show us in comments how much it differs where you reside:

How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle? - examples

How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle? - examples