A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that uses information on driving habits from various urban areas, GPS data and daily energy usage indicates that electric vehicles could handle 87% of the driving needs of the American public.
MIT developed a model that combined information from expansive travel surveys with high-resolution GPS data to estimate the energy requirements of personal vehicle trips across the U.S.
“We find that the energy requirements of 87% of vehicle-days could be met by an existing, affordable electric vehicle. This percentage is markedly similar across diverse cities, even when per capita gasoline consumption differs significantly,” according to an abstract published in the journal Nature Energy. (more…)