I finally got around to reading this IEEE article that suggests Teslas, Leafs, Fusions, Priuses et al may actually emit *more CO2*, cause more environmental damage that good old-fashioned gas-burning vehicles. Given that ~60% of Tesla's are driven in Santa Clara & San Mateo counties, for example, I think it's especially important that our community consider this report:
I highly encourage people to read this article, both those of your who believe electric vehicles to be 'green', and those of you who do not. IMHO, the article makes a good case for both sides being way off base, and goes far towards proving that the real solution electric vehicles try - but fail - to solve will be best dealt with by finding, tracking and forcing the 20% of vehicles that emit 80% of emissions due to incomplete combustion to be removed from the roads permanently, or repaired.
Closing paragraph from the article:
"Upon closer consideration, moving from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric cars begins to look more and more like shifting from one brand of cigarettes to another. We wouldn’t expect doctors to endorse such a thing. Should environmentally minded people really revere electric cars? Perhaps we should look beyond the shiny gadgets now being offered and revisit some less sexy but potent options—smog reduction, bike lanes, energy taxes, and land-use changes to start. Let’s not be seduced by high-tech illusions."