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Climate friendly cars in Virginia

By David Seidel, Assistant News Director, dseidel@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 09 2013 04:18:07 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. -

An electric car is only as good for the climate as the electricity used to power it.  In Virginia, that means some all-electric vehicles are better in the long-run.

That is the finding of of a study conducted by Climate Central.  The organization looked at emissions over 50- and 100-thousand mile increments.  Researchers also factored in emissions for generating the power and manufacturing the vehicle. 

More of our power is being generated in natural gas-fired power plants, as opposed to old coal-fired plants.  Over 100-thousand miles of driving, that helps push some all-electric vehicles over many gas-powered hybrids.

Click here for more about the study and to see the entire list of vehicles.