U.S. Ready for Clean Cars Yet?

U.S. car buyers are increasingly seeing clean cars as mainstream.

September 29, 2013

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1. The transportation sector accounts for 28% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the most after power plants.

2. Increased fuel efficiency helped reduce carbon dioxide emissions from passenger cars by 16% from 2005 to 2012.

3. Automakers sold more than 350,000 hybrid and electric cars in the United States in the first seven months of 2013, up 30% from the same period in 2012.

4. These clean cars make up less than 4% of light vehicle sales.

5. But hybrids, which use electric motors and conventional engines are now so mainstream that there are more than 40 models available in the United States.

From A Clean-Car Boom (The New York Times)

 

 

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Takeaways

The transportation sector accounts for 28% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the most after power plants.