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Published March 19, 2015 02:08 PM

Electric vehicles give off much less heat than internal combustion engine cars

A new study has uncovered two hidden benefits of electric vehicles that reinforce its environmental and cash-saving advantage over conventional vehicles.

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and in China found the cool factor is real and electric vehicles emit significantly less heat. That difference could mitigate the urban heat island effect, the phenomenon that helps turn big cities like Beijing into pressure cookers in warm months.

Moreover, the cooling resulting from replacing all gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles could mean city dwellers needing less air conditioning, another environmental win.

"It's easy not to see the big picture on issues like electric cars and global warming, but when we look with a holistic approach, we find these unexpected connections," said co-author Jianguo "Jack" Liu, who holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability at MSU and is director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS). "Heat waves kill, and in terms of climate change, even one degree can make a difference."

 

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