The new gas guzzlers are big electric trucks and SUVs

The new gas guzzlers are big electric trucks and SUVs ...

With new products, electric vehicles and SUVs are making road trips. Automakers are sending vehicles like Tesla's Cybertruck, Ford's F-150 Lightning, Rivian's R1T pickup truck, and GMC's Hummer EV to customers who prefer big cars regardless of their fuel efficiency. These new electric vehicles offer drivers the same heavy-duty performance as a combustion engine without requiring a drop of oil, with marketing materials that boast of their horsepower, torque, and "driving acceleration."

As EVs rise, they consume more energy and, indirectly, generate more carbon emissions. EVs charge their batteries by plugging into power grids, which generate the most of their electricity by burning fossil fuels. Until electric utilities transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources like wind and solarwhich, even, will not happen until the 2030sthe most extreme EVs will generate carbon emissions rivaling some hybrid and gas-powered cars.

Those inefficient electric vehicles may play a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions, especially if they can convince people who drive gas-guzzling automobiles and trucks to go electric.

Comparing electric vehicle emissions to gas-powered cars

regulators have given hybrid and gas-powered cars a mile per gallon (MPG) rating, which measures a car's fuel efficiency by measuring how many miles it can drive on one gallon of gas. The EVs have a comparable "miles per gallon equivalent" rating, which is applicable in countries with 33.7 kilowatt-hours of electricity (roughly the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline).

The electric Hummer, for example, has a ratio of 125 million people. That's more than the best-selling gasoline-powered automobile on the market, the Toyota Corolla, which has 30 million people, but it's nearly three times less efficient than the best-selling electric automobile on the market, the Tesla Model Y, which has 125 million people.

Miles per gallon is a consistent measure of a vehicle's carbon emissions. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, burning a gallon of gasoline will always release about 4.44 grams of CO2 per mile it drives, regardless of where it is.

The same EV will result in 40% less carbon emissions in the EU than in the United States. Although generating a kilowatt-hour of electricity is more efficient in the market than in the United States.

Nearly every electric vehicle on the market will produce less carbon emissions than a gas-powered automobile, no matter where you charge it. The 4.5-ton Hummer EV is more powerful than many smaller, more efficient cars that burn gas.

Even energy-guzzling electric vehicles can help reduce carbon emissions in the transportation industry, because there are (relative) benefits from using electric vehicles to electrify the least efficient ones.

The Hummer EV, for example, generates 62 percent less carbon emissions than the gas-powered Hummer H1. Drivers who switch from a gas-guzzling pickup truck to an electric vehicle will reduce their carbon emissions much more, in terms of power than switching from a gas-powered sedan to an electric one.

"If you ever talked to a guy who owns a large truck, you say, "You should get a Nissan Leaf," Baldwin tells the newspaper. "I've just come to terms with the fact that you simply cannot change people's minds on everything." So let's just make them more clean and sustainably built as soon as possible.

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