Tracey Lee ♥ asked in Environment · 1 decade ago

Does an electric vehicle produce pollution??

Does an electric vehicle produce pollution when operated, does producing the fuel for it produce pollution???

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Every alternative fuel option on the table produces some pollution. Electric vehicles produce the least, because of the extremely high efficiency of electric power transmission and utilization.

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    Gas engines are less that 25% efficient, much less so in city driving. By contrast, electric motors are over 90% efficient, and transmitting energy by wire to charge EVs (the electric grid is 95% efficient) is far more efficient than trucking gas to thousands of service stations. Fuel also burns much more efficiently in large plants (up to 85% efficient) than it does in a gasoline engine.

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    Also, newer EV battery designs are not environmental hazards, have very long lives, and are 100% recyclable.

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    Source(s): Motor efficiency: http://www.psnh.com/Business/SmallBusiness/Motor.a... (Chart showing that 25+ horsepower electric motors have efficiencies between 90 and 96%) ---- Power line efficiency: http://public.lanl.gov/u106527/ELISIMS/Econ_paper.... (points out that the industry standard is 95% efficiency) ---- More info on EVs, and where to find cheap ones: http://squidoo.com/cheap-electric-car
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hmmm....yes and no.

    There are different models of electric cars, and many different models which cover different types of alternate fuel.

    All of them create a byproduct or discharge, whether or not that is "pollution" is up for debate. Most importantly, even if a new machine does produce the same Carbon Monoxide emmissions as traditional "pollution", its the amount it makes that we should look at.

    Most electric cars available to the public today are hybrids, and do still burn some gas, and therefore make some pollution. A 100% solar powered car uses its solar energy to create motion through an engine. A purely electric engine would not give off a polutant by-product, however, if you consider that the electrical plant at the other end of the recharging wire does produce polutants, we've come to a bad circle.

    Hydrogen powered engines produce clean water as a by-product, which, in turn can be put through electrolosis to produce more hydrogen to power the cars. And how much pollution does electrolosis make? Well, it depends on where the power for that machine comes from.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes and no.

    The vehicle itself produces no pollution when running. However, it must be charged with electricity, presumably from a power plant. If that power plant is nuclear, solar, wind or hydro, it's essentially emission free. If the power plant is coal, natural gas, etc. Then it has emissions.

    Even if it's a coal plant, odds are the electric vehicle will be cleaner, even including the power plant emissions, than a comparable gasoline vehicle, when you consider the pollution and energy used to create and move the gasoline around.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It does in many ways.

    1.The batteries in the car are very polluteing to make and to disposed of when they are worn out.

    The zinc and the lead Has been a Major problem for years.

    2.Ozone is made when the electric motor is running.

    3.The biggest part is how the car is charged and were the electricity is made.

    It can be said that a small electric car will pollut more than a Hummer over it life time.

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  • 1 decade ago

    While an electric vehicle doesn't produce pollution while being driven, if the electricity is generated from fossil fuel, the pollution

    could be significant. Another problem is battery disposal when it needs to be replaced.

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  • marier
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    3 years ago

    relatively we did. We ( I paintings for an automobile co.) we've been mandated to by skill of the state of California to sell electric powered automobiles. wager what, rules do no longer sell automobiles human beings do. the automobile agencies lost tens of millions on those automobiles. GM had the EVI, Ford had an electric powered Ranger truck. The battery technologies merely isn't there. On a single value, variety replaced into approximately ninety miles. and that's with a hundred lbs. of batteries. And a hundred lbs of batteries is a good number of pollution to get rid of. Acid, lead, nickel etc. ultimately the state of California gave in to the lack of ability of call for. And Hybrids have been time-honored to fulfill the regulation. Which nonetheless have a good number of batteries by skill of how. you're purchasing and advertising one style of pollution for yet another.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Little or no pollution when operated. Quite a bit to generate the electricity to charge the batteries.

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  • 1 decade ago

    And then u have the batteries and acids . Yes charging the batteries ,the electricity comes from a plant that possible produced CO2. Of coarse we know3 that CO2 is not a pollutant as GOD put plants here and they need the CO2 as much as we need oxygen.

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  • 1 decade ago

    directly-no

    indirectly-yes, although an electric vehicle produces less carbon dioxide for the same range that a conventional automobile will produce

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  • 1 decade ago

    It all depends on where the electricity is coming from. If it is coming from solar or wind power, then it is virtually pollution-free.

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