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Prospectus Blog New Electric Car Charger: Consider the Source

Reposted from Discovery News

By Bruce Chapman

The Japanese have come up with a new electric car charger that can provide a Nissan Leaf (for example) a complete charge, good
for 200 miles, in only five minutes. It’s a potentially serious advance.

However, it is important with all these stories to note that energy
is still needed to CHARGE a car. You save gasoline (and its fumes) in
this process, but you don’t save net energy. If one lives in an area
that generates energy through hydropower, it’s all a plus; almost the
same with nuclear power; less so with natural gas; none at all or even a
minus with coal or oil.

Cascadia Center

Founded in 1993, as the Cascadia Project, Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center for Regional Development is an important force in regional transportation and sustainable development issues. Cascadia is known for its involvement in transportation and development issues in the Cascadia Corridor, Puget Sound and in the U.S.-Canadian cross-border realm. We’ve recently added to that mix through a major program to promote U.S. efforts to reduce reliance on foreign oil, including the earliest possible development and integration of flex-fuel, plug-in, hybrid-electric vehicles.