Do Electric Cars add More Pollution?
Why Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green
I’ve always heard that switching to electric simply moves the problem elsewhere (hence, to the coal-using power plants), but that’s still an improvement in ways. You’re taking the fumes off of the roads where most of us directly are, and while the coal fumes may still be going into the air (and worse than gas fumes, as being argued), you’ve still centralized the pollution, and that makes it easier to try to remedy. You would then look into reducing waste in those plants (like switching to natural gas, as mentioned), instead of all the cars running across the land. (This other article http://www.twincities.com/technology/ci_27140844/u-study-finds-electric-cars-powered-by-renewables mentions “Electric cars that get their power from renewable energy sources — like wind or solar” I take could also be referring to new power plants).
Plus, how much more would electric powered vehicles really increase the pollution put out by these plants? It’s not like the plants are only being run for the EV’s; they are already there, powering everything else electric. So there would put an increased need for coal, but would that amount then add more pollution than all the fossil fuel vehicles combined?