No exhaust pipe. No emissions?
100% electric vehicles are clean, they do not even have an exhaust pipe! This means that a 100% electric vehicle has an immediate positive effect on local air quality, for example, city centres. The level of being clean of the car also depends on the level of the electricity used to charge the vehicle being clean. When an electric vehicle is charged using 100% sustainable electricity, driving the electric vehicle is 100% clean. If the electricity is produced at a coal plant, the total benefit decreases but the local air quality benefit remains. Hybrid vehicles have an electric motor and a combustion engine and can have a positive effect on local air quality as long as the electric battery is charged. Hybrid vehicles also run on conventional fuels because of which the positive impact on air quality is lower than that of 100% electric vehicles.