US Study: EVs 1/3 Cleaner Than Gas Cars

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a groundbreaking study revealing that driving an electric vehicle (EV) in the U.S. is now one-third cleaner than driving a gasoline car.


The study compares the emissions produced by EVs versus traditional combustion engine cars across various regions in the United States. The analysis, first conducted in 2012, highlighted that only 45% of Americans lived in areas where driving an EV resulted in lower emissions compared to a highly efficient gas car achieving 50 mpg. However, the recent study shows that this landscape has significantly shifted. Now, an impressive 93% of the total U.S. territory benefits from cleaner emissions with EVs.

Why does it matter?

As regions like upstate New York and California lead the way in clean electricity production, driving an EV in these areas significantly reduces carbon emissions, surpassing even the most efficient gas cars. The study’s findings demonstrate that the most efficient EV currently available produces fewer global warming emissions than any gasoline-only vehicle on the market. Moreover, the emission savings from driving an EV versus a traditional sedan or pickup truck are substantial, with percentages ranging from 52% to 57% lower over the vehicle’s lifetime.

How is it going to shape the future?

The shift towards EVs becoming cleaner than gas cars is indicative of a positive trend in the U.S. energy landscape. With a decreasing reliance on coal and an increasing emphasis on renewable energy sources, the environmental impact of driving EVs continues to improve. The study also highlights the importance of efficient EV models in maximizing emission reductions. Additionally, it raises awareness of the need for sustainable practices in the entire EV supply chain, especially concerning the sourcing and processing of raw materials for batteries.

In conclusion, the UCS study underscores the significant environmental benefits of transitioning to EVs in the United States. As the country continues to embrace cleaner energy production, driving an electric vehicle emerges as a crucial step towards reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change.