Environmental and Energy Study Institute’s (EESI) Response to ACEEE report
“Plug-In Hybrids: An Environmental and Economic Performance Outlook”
Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) have increasingly captured the media, policymakers and public as a potential solution to address oil consumption, energy security concerns and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As this technology gains traction, researchers and industry have attempted to characterize the environmental, energy consumption and economic impacts of this promising technology in order to better understand the role it can play in the transportation sector.
A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) attempts to characterize the environmental and economic aspects of this technology, examining the benefits it would offer beyond conventional hybrids. While the overall report presents a positive picture for plugin technology, there are some issues (detailed below) which must be raised in regards to the analysis and underlying assumptions. We would like to raise these questions/comments as part of the ongoing discussion on plug-ins and in the interest of presenting a complete and accurate picture of the PHEVs. As further research and analyses on this promising technology emerges (many studies are underway), we anticipate that they will help further inform and enhance the discussion.
The full fact sheet is available in .pdf format below: