Much to the chagrin of environmentalists, a new research report says even a sharp increase in the use of electric-drive vehicles by 2050 will not significantly reduce U.S. emissions of high-profile air pollutants carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide or oxides of nitrogen. The study by North Carolina State University, supported by a National Science Foundation grant, included hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles. Joseph DeCarolis, an assistant professor of civil, construction and ...

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