Will plug-in cars lead to more coal or gas power plants?

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No. The existing electric grid’s off-peak capacity for power generation is sufficient to power 73 percent of commutes to and from work by cars, light trucks, SUVs and vans without building a single new power plant. The existing nighttime electricity could also be stored in plug-in vehicles and retrieved during peak-demand hours through vehicle-to-grid technology for use by the grid, helping to meet society’s daytime power needs. New Zealand has consents for enough renewable energy sources to power every vehicle in NZ if they converted to electricity.


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