U.S. News: Chinese Electric Car Pollution More Harmful to Humans Than Gas Cars

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Chris Cherry, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been interviewed by multiple media sources, including U.S. News & World Report, about his latest study in China which finds that electric vehicles may be more harmful to your health and the environment than gasoline vehicles. The problem in China comes from the way most electricity is generated—more than 75 percent of power in China is generated by coal. So, rather than look at vehicle-emissions alone, where electric cars easily beat gas- and diesel-powered cars, the researchers studied the environmental impact of the whole power chain. ”Electric vehicles are much cleaner when you consider carbon emissions,” Cherry told U.S. News. “But coal power plants emit a number of different pollutions that have very clear health impacts.”

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