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Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

If you drive a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, there will be tailpipe greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from gasoline combustion, as well as fuel production emissions associated with both gasoline and electricity. Shown below are the grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per mile for your region of the country.

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Your CO2 Emissions Rates

Vehicle Chevrolet Volt
Zip Code 27516 (Chapel Hill, NC)
Tailpipe 81 g/mile
Total
220 g/mile

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GHG emissions vary based on how the electricity is produced. For example, electricity produced from coal will likely result in significantly higher GHG emissions than electricity produced from renewable sources like wind. The total CO2 emissions rate for this vehicle in your region is 220 grams per mile. The national average for this vehicle is 240 grams per mile. The total CO2 emissions rate for the average gasoline car is 410 grams per mile.

*Total emissions rate includes tailpipe emissions and the emissions associated with the production and distribution of fuel. Emissions associated with electric operation are estimated using recent electricity generation data regardless of the model year of the vehicle selected. Note: Due to data collection and processing time, the electricity generation data can sometimes be several years old. GHG emissions associated with the electricity grid today are likely to be lower than indicated in many regions.

These estimates assume that 66% of the vehicle's operation is powered by electricity and the rest is powered by gasoline. This assumption is based on the vehicle's design and average driving habits. In the future, you will be able to personalize these estimates based on your own driving habits.

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