There are no hard numbers yet you state hybrids and Ev's cause more pollution like it's a fact based on numbers. I state it's not true based on the same non hard numbers.
Synthetics are also more expensive than oil sands. Investment in oil sands has declined to a low not seen in 70 years since the price of oil has fallen this low. While investments in EV tech and renewable green energy continue to grow. Those seem like hard numbers to me. I wonder what other numbers these investors are looking at...
I should have been more specific. When running, modern ICE cars are pretty clean in terms of air. I was recalling reports that in some cases a hybrid will actually clean the air - it comes out the tailpipe cleaner than it came in. The EV will not put out pollutants, but the energy used does come from polluting sources.
The recent reports about health costs of ICE vehicles (most recently diesels) are based on assumptions and averages, not hard numbers.
The pollution has been studied. When you factor in the cost of electricity, EVs are not necessarily always as environmentally clean as folks think. A lot of it depends on what kind of pollution you are considering, and how the electricity is generated. Both EV, PHEV, and hybrid cost more pollution to build than an ICE vehicle.
I'm not considering CO2, I'm speaking of air pollution.
But my primary point in all this is the business model not yet being viable, due to economic costs, and that the range and convenience issues are still too high for popular adoption.
Edited by stevedebi, 12 April 2016 - 08:09 AM.