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Sacramento Municipal Utility District's Bill Boyce explains what's involved in becoming a green car owner.

Published: 30-Dec-2010

A new generation of hybrid and electric vehicles hits the streets of Sacramento this month: the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf. With hybrid and electric vehicles expected to be increasingly common in the future—Ford plans to release a hybrid plug-in in 2012—SN&R asked Bill Boyce, an electric transportation supervisor with SMUD, about what was involved in becoming a green car owner.

How does driving a Volt or a Leaf help reduce one’s carbon footprint?

Electricity, when used as a transportation fuel, has about 65 percent less greenhouse-gas emissions than gasoline as analyzed by the California Air Resources Board. This … looks at everything including the upstream electrical power-plant emissions, transmission losses and vehicle drivetrain efficiency. [Electricity] also contrasts petroleum-based gasoline, which is coming from harder-and-harder-to-get sources that tend to increase greenhouse-gas emissions.

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