Analysis: Valuation of plug-in vehicle life-cycle air emissions and oil displacement benefits

An analysis of the article “Valuation of plug-in vehicle life-cycle air emissions and oil displacement benefits” in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science in October 2011. The article found that EVs and PHEVs did not justify the lifecycle ownership cost premium when compared to ICE vehicles and HEVs. This article discusses a number of assumptions and other characteristics of the study’s approach that should raise questions about its conclusions.

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.