Your Monday green-car buzzkill is brought to you buy University of Michigan research professor John DeCicco, who says more electric vehicles won't do much to slow global warming if energy-production methods aren't addressed.
DeCicco, who's with the university's Energy Institute, says the government's subsidies for advanced-powertrain technologies and the tax credits for plug-in vehicle buyers are "not warranted." That's because average fuel economy is already increasing at about four percent a year, while emissions levels from electric-power generation remains virtually unchanged.
That means, DeCicco said, when it comes to a "well-to-wheel" analysis of emissions from grid power all the way to vehicle efficiency, more emphasis must be placed on the "well" and less on the "wheel" to effectively take on global warming.
That means more emphasis must be placed on the "well" and less on the "wheel."
DeCicco's comments echo those of Didier Stevens, Toyota Europe's head of government affairs and environmental issues, who recently said more electric vehicles won't help the environment much if electricity continues to be produced largely from coal. So, if you were feeling too positive about EVs, put on a Smiths record and check out the University of Michigan article below.