What is it about?

This research delved into the complex landscape of the United States' commitment to achieving a 100% carbon-free electric power system by 2035. Focusing on Electric Vehicles (EVs), the findings highlighted a nuanced perspective on pollution, emphasizing the need for cleaner energy sources. The research revealed that while EV adoption does reduce tailpipe emissions, it concurrently increases electricity consumption in residential and commercial sectors by 0.012% monthly. Besides, a 1% increase in electricity consumption is associated with a 0.34% decrease in the renewable electricity share. Identifying the crucial linkage between EV adoption and the decreased adoption of renewable power plants, the research concluded that unless California adopts cleaner energy sources, the effectiveness of billions of dollars of public spending on EV adoption would be compromised.

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Why is it important?

The insights of this paper carry immense significance for policymakers, as it advocates for a holistic approach that combines EV adoption with increased utilization of renewable energy sources rather than coal/gasoline-based sources, suggesting avenues for substantial cost savings and a more sustainable approach to addressing environmental concerns. While the study mainly focused on California, the methodology holds promise for broader applications, offering a replicable framework for future researchers to tackle environmental questions in various regions.


The results of this paper should be an essential viewpoint for policymakers. Evaluating government EV incentives' true environmental impact should weigh the reduced gasoline engine emissions against the increased fossil fuel or nuclear consumption during electricity generation. Unless policymakers adopt/suggest cleaner sources of power plants, billions of dollars of public spending on EV adoption will not be as effective as it would be if accompanied by increased adoption of renewable energy sources.

Dr. Atia Ferdousee
City of Norfolk

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This page is a summary of: Impact of Electric Vehicle Adoption on Electricity Consumption and Generation: Evidence from California, International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, September 2022, EconJournals,
DOI: 10.32479/ijeep.13271.
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