Electric car emissions depend on the source of the electricity used to charge their batteries. In summer much less of it comes from coal and gas-fired power stations and more from solar panels and nuclear reactors. In the year to June coal produced only 7 per cent of UK electricity, wind produced 12 per cent and solar produced 4 per cent. In the year to June 2013 coal accounted for 41 per cent, wind for 7 per cent and solar for 1 per cent. The amount of CO2 produced per kWh of electricity fell over that period from 496g to 250g, according to the study commissioned by Drax, a power generation company.
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