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Posted by dr_jeff on January 6, 2010, 12:40 am

Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

Not quite. If the solar panel is hooked up the electric grid, you're
still using energy that would have reduced the use of fossil fuels. And,
it took energy to make the solar panels. So it still takes fossil fuels
to power solar-powered electric cars.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on January 6, 2010, 1:02 am

And the tires leave carbon on the pavement, some of which mixes with the
oxygen in the air and becomes C02.

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Posted by dr_jeff on January 6, 2010, 1:09 am

Michelle Steiner wrote:

The cars also use oil and grease (for lubrication) as well as other
products made with oil, like plastics and rubber tire. And all of these
products require energy to make, which involves burning fossil fuels.

In other words, using electric cars still involves using fossil fuels,
even if the direct source of energy is electricity or even solar power.

Posted by Torx on January 6, 2010, 2:10 am

You folks need to live in a cave.  That will be good for the rest of
humanity.  BTW, don't breath.  Thankyou.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on January 6, 2010, 2:12 am

The solar panel setup in question is dedicated to providing power to the
Volt--at which point, should you never exhaust the electric energy
inserted into the car courtesy the sun, the car is zero emissions.

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