Gallery: Electric Car Adoption Found to Be Best Way to Kick Foreign Oil

 

As we see companies like GE and Better Place pushing towards the adoption of electric vehicles, we also see our governments sitting back waiting for the industry to work itself out while they pursue broader energy policy initiatives — or perhaps abandon them in the fight. Well, a new research paper by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy discovered that perhaps the best policy of all is aggressive adoption of electric cars. The paper found that electric car adoption could reduce our use of foreign oil and cut our emissions output much more than any other proposed policies.

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  1. wheelema September 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    This type of hyperbole is so frustrating. China has a lock on lithium and the vast majority of electricity is generated by coal. As long as these two facts remain widespread adoption of electric cars will but trade one foreign monopoly for another and worsen air pollution.

  2. Pereira September 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    That’s only part of the solution; electric cars alone are far from the answer to gov’t over-spending on road infrastructure and the nasty effects of urban traffic congestion. Electric cars help solve one problem (energy) by transferring consumption from oil to nuclear (another problem & NIMBY), but efficient public transport systems and investment on adopting soft-mode mobility (namely bicycles and pedestrian mobility) are far more important and effective than concentrating solely on expensive and sophisticated electric vehicles which will bring about other complicated issues regarding waste, electrical consumption, etc.

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