Originally posted by rookedpawn
Not if you burn fossil fuels to produce the electricity used to charge your car. Unless you get it from a nuclear power plant, or some renewable source.
That is the soft underbelly of electric cars for sure. The only thing that would save us from all that CO2 would be sequestering the stuff as it's produced as some scientists say. Like making limestone or something. Or by just biting the bullet and making gigawatt solar collector farms by the hundreds, a trillion dollar solution, I suspect. But it seems to me money well spent, much better than the incredibly stupid trillion bucks we already poured into that war in Iraq.
There is one interesting developement I read about recently, one that I predicted, but had zero chance of developing myself, and that is solar cell paint. You paint this stuff right on steel or some conductor and make another connection and the whole body of the car becomes one giant solar cell. That won't give you enough to drive down the road at 70 I don't think, but it might give you enough miles to extend the energy you already pump into the system from whatever source. I doubt if you would get more than a few hundred watts but as a commuter car, parked outside in the sun, it would collect that energy all day and maybe enough charge to get home without hooking into the grid. That was what I foresaw and now it is close to reality.