At long last, Nissan delivered the first Nissan Leaf to a lucky San Francisco resident. Limited runs of the electric car, which has a 116 mile range on a single charge, will roll out in five states over the next year as Nissan ramps up for the full launch in 2012. [Gearlog]
I applaud Nissan's effort here, but I always wonder what a comparison would look like between the efficiency of a gas powered car in gallons used and emissions created per mile versus the efficiency of an electric car using electricity generated by a gas power plant.
Would be interesting to see how much "better" these cars are for the environment, if any.
p.s. I know there are other ways of creating electricity, but they each have detrimental impacts to the environment either through production, operation or both.