Israeli Scientist Questions Environmental Benefits of Better Place Electric Cars
Shai Agassi's firm, Better Place, which is developing the infrastructure to accommodate electric cars in Israel, is presenting a new electric car to the delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference currently underway in Copenhagen.
Among other questions, the company is being asked to explain the ecological advantage of a battery-powered car, which doesn't cause pollution when operated, over pollution created through the generation of electricity required to charge the car's battery. As of this week, Better Place's response can be found in a report prepared by Dr. Bernanda Flicstein, an air pollution expert, which says the use of electric cars would reduce total air pollution and potentially create economic benefits of up to hundreds of millions of euros a year.
By contrast, Dan Rabinowitz, an environmental expert at Tel Aviv University, contends that - at this time - higher levels of greenhouse gases are emitted as a result of electricity being generated to charge car batteries than is produced by the actual operation of a conventional car.
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