Did you know that the transportation sector generated 27% of all GHG emissions in 2020, primarily from burning fossil fuels to power for trucks, cars, ships, trains, and planes? Learn more about the our cars' emissions and the sector's progress in transitioning to cleaner energy.
Gasoline vehicles use a internal combustion engine. When the fuel and air combine in the combustion chamber, they ignite a spark from the spark plug and convert the gasoline into motion so that the car can move.
Fully electric vehicles uses a traction battery to power the electric motor and must be plugged in to a wall outlet or charging equipment.
Hybrid electric vehicles have an internal combustion engine and an electric motor that uses energy stored in batteries. Instead of charging by plugging into sources of electricity, the batteries are recharged through regenerative braking.
Even though EVs have no tailpipe emissions, emissions are created during the production and distribution of the electricity used to fuel the vehicle.
Regardless, there are good news: In 2021, 20% of electricity produced was made from renewable sources, signaling a positive shift.
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