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Do Hybrid Electric Vehicle do more than save money at the gas pump?

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Written by Daniel S. Cohen, Contributor

By design, Hybrids (including plug-in Hybrids or PHEVs) emit lower levels of carbon dioxide than traditional gasoline powered cars. But how significant is the CO2 reduction? Very significant. Read on!

Below is a comparison of the annual CO2 emissions, measured in metric tons, of a range of gasoline, hybrid and plug in hybrid vehicles. The significant reduction in CO2 as the result of increasing electric power is staggering.  The Honda Accord PHEV emits 57% less CO2 than the gasoline powered model (2.0 vs. 4.6 metric tons/year*).  Over the typical 10 year service life of the Honda Accord, that equates to a reduction of 26 metric tons of CO2 by driving the PHEV model in place of the gasoline powered model.  Similarly the #2 selling electric vehicle, the Ford Fusion Energi, reduces CO2 by 60% from 4.8 to 1.9 metric tons of CO2.

Even the Porsche Panamera Hybrid reduces CO2 by 52%, or -3.3 metric tons/year vs. the gasoline powered model.

So which vehicle has the lowest CO2 emissions?  The Chevrolet VOLT at just 1.2 metric tons/year owing to its extended electric range (EPA rated at 38 miles).

Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Hybrids vs. Gasoline Powered Cars *

Manufacturer Model Gasoline Hybrid Plug-In Hybrid CO2 Reduction % Reduction
CO2* CO2* CO2*
Honda Accord

4.6

2.8 2.0 -2.6 -57%
Ford Fusion

4.8

3.1 1.9 -2.9

-60%

Honda Civic

4.1

2.9 NA -1.2

-29%

Toyota Camry

4.6

3.2 NA -1.4

-30%

Porsche Panamera

6.4

3.1 NA -3.3

-52%

Toyota Prius

NA

2.7 2.0 -0.7

-26%

Ford C Max

NA

3.4 1.9 -1.5

-44%

Chevrolet VOLT NA NA 1.2
* Annual CO2 Emission – metric tons

*All models are 2014

** CO2 tailpipe emissions measured in metric tons per year 

Source

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbsSelect

Author: Jeff Cohen, Founder, Atlanta Electric Vehicle Development Coalition and Georgia EVentures, LLC

I am an "EVangelist" who wants you to experience the joys of driving and owning electric vehicles. I currently own a 2015 Tesla Model S 60, and have owned/leased a 2015 Nissan LEAF and 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet VOLTs. I maintain two Wordpress blogs: an EV information focused blog (AtlantaEVDC.com) and an EV Rental blog (gaeventures.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/gaeventures) and three Twitter Sites: @JBCMKTR (personal), @AtlantaEV and @GAEVentures and JBCMKTR on Instagram.

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