Determining the Cost Effectiveness, Emissions Reduction, and Power Consumption of Full Scale Adoption of the Electric Vehicle
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The electric vehicle as a viable mode of mass transportation has not been previously investigated. This investigation combines the cost effectiveness, emissions of green house gasses, and national power generating capacity, of large scale adoption of the electric vehicle. Total miles driven by electric vehicles were plotted as a percentage of total miles driven in the United States annually to find the effects from 0% to 100% adoption. It was found that while the electric vehicle significantly reduces CO2 emissions it does so at a higher cost per mile to the consumer. Our national power generating capacity was found to be a limiting factor to full scale adoption of the electric vehicle. In the case of 100% adoption the residential sector as a percentage of total annual energy consumption in the U.S. grew 41.6% and total consumption grew by 10%.
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