More electric vehicles will change electricity markets

Stories in USA Today and the Detroit Free Press note that of those electrified vehicles, 70% will be hybrids, 20% to 25% plug-in hybrids, the rest pure electric cars.

The increased use of electric vehicles, combined with greater wariness about fossil fuels as a result of the Gulf oil spill, could help advance the market for wind energy and other renewables.

The best options for reducing carbon emissions, air pollution deaths and dependence on fossil fuels are battery electric vehicles powered by wind power-generated electricity, according to a December 2008 report published in Energy & Environmental Science by Stanford University researcher Mark Z. Jacobson.

By Chris Madison,