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Visualizing the Benefits of Electric Cars

by Cassidy Chansirik
Graph of car model types, their costs, and their carbon emission rate per mile traveled.

The New York Times has created a series of visualizations about the environmental and economic benefits of electric cars using data released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One graph shows that electric cars have the lowest carbon dioxide emissions per mile, purchase price, and maintenance and fuel costs over time compared to hybrid vehicles, diesel cars, and traditional gas-powered cars. Another graph compares individual electric and hybrid car models to all-gas car models to show that despite selling for $11,000 more, the Tesla Model 3 has similar lifetime costs to the all-gas Nissan Altima and emits 200 grams less of carbon dioxide emissions per mile. 

Take a look.


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