How much coal does an electric car use?
Hi! I’m all about saving the environment, but I know that even electric cars emit greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. I just got a new job at a botanical garden and the commute to the office is way longer than I expected. How much coal does my new EV use?
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- Every time your electric car is charged, it uses about 70 pounds of coal. This of course depends on the energy mix of the power source from your electricity grid.
- Most electricity grids rely on various energy sources. Coal and oil only make up about 20% of the U.S. electricity grid.
- We expect this number to decrease significantly in the next couple of years. Using an electric car provides countless options for sustainable and renewable energy sources.