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Frank 7 (1:06)
Topic(s): Electric & Hybrid / Environment
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percent of the energy used on the annual basis in a plug-in hybrid comes from
electricity; most of its emissions is the emissions of the power plant. But, on
a per-mile basis here in the state of California, that's like one quarter or
less of the emissions of a conventional car. And that includes the power plant
laws, of course. And in the Midwest where most of the coal is—most of the
electric energy is generated by coal—then with 100 percent coal-fired
electricity, the emissions is about a wash. It's just as clean using
electricity or is, that is, coming out of the tail pipe of a conventional car.
That's with today's power plants. With tomorrow's power plants, with the new
emissions standards coming in, the plug-in hybrid will be cleaner than the conventional
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