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June 05, 2017   |   TruckingInfo.Com


A Changing Climate: Is There Still a Case for Greener Trucks?

A focus on “well to wheels” also considers emissions that emerge when producing different energy sources capable of moving a vehicle.

“Electricity is not for free environmentally,” he explains. In the U.S., 39% of that power comes from burning coal, and 28% is from burning natural gas, which means diesel and electric powertrains are equally as clean. Each generates about 1.7 pounds of carbon dioxide to create a kilowatt-hour of energy. “Currently with our energy mix, it doesn’t make any sense to go electric,” he says.

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