PHOTO CAPTION: solar arrays help power one of the buildings at the Kennedy Space Center, also offsetting electric car charging emissions.

NASA Electric Car Program Demonstrated Great CO2 Reductions Than Anticipated

Program that lets employees charge at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is showing greenhouse gas emissions ten times greater than anticipated.

Published: 31-Jan-2014

Early figures from a pilot program at Kennedy Space Center show that electric cars are reducing greenhouse gas emissions by a far greater amount than expected, according to the program’s coordinator.

“The numbers are 10 times better than we thought we’d ever see,” said Frank Kline with Kennedy’s Sustainability office. “No one’s ever done a pilot where you get actual numbers. It’s always been estimates only.”

The results are more than academic since all federal agencies are under a presidential order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For NASA, the goal is a 12.3 percent reduction by 2020. The executive order includes a category that judges how much gas is emitted from sources that are not controlled by the agency, including things ranging from the gases produced by an airliner carrying a NASA employee on assignment to the emissions from an employee’s car during the daily commute.


Russia's Lunokhod 2 lunar electric vehicle is current distance record holder, but will likely be surpassed by NASA's Curiousity rover on Mars.

All three generations of six-wheeled NASA rovers have used electric power systems of various design and complexity to find their way around the Red Planet.

Chevrolet Volt plugged in a Kennedy Space Center.

The average car puts out about a pound of carbon dioxide per mile, but NASA's program is reducing that by 3/5ths by letting employees plug-in at the Kennedy Space Center.

NASA GL-10 Greased Lightning VTOL makes successful tethered flight.

Greased Lightning GL-10 made successful tethered flight on all electric-power.


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