A new report has revealed that the widespread adoption of electric transportation could lead to a huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as improved air quality.
The report, ‘Environmental Assessment of a Full Electric Transportation Portfolio’, was published by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), made projections for GHG emissions through to 2050, and air quality impacts in 2030.
Key figures highlighted in the report were that greenhouse gas emissions from light duty vehicles could drop by as much as 64%. Greater reductions in GHG emissions will correspond to the rate that the electric grid becomes cleaner.
The electrification of transportation can also be seen to produce widespread air quality benefits, with the report showing that electric vehicles can help to reduce ground-level ozone.
Commenting on the findings, David Hawkins, director of climate programs at NRDC said: “The potential reductions here are significant. Widespread transportation electrification should be a key part of the strategy to combat climate change and ensure a clean energy future.”
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