Global Climate Change: Gasoline, Hybrid-Electric and Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicles

Authored by: Robert E. Uhrig

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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The purpose of this entry is to provide quantitative comparisons between all of the various hybrid-electric options. Comparisons are also made with greenhouse gas emissions from hydrogen-fueled vehicles. The results shown in tables indicate that greenhouse gas emissions are small or negligible when the electricity or hydrogen is produced using nuclear or solar (wind, photovoltaic, hydro, or renewable) energy. However, when fossil fuels (coal, oil, or natural gas) are used, the greenhouse gas emissions are greater than for gasoline-fueled vehicles in most cases.

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