Thursday, March 11, 2010

In Environment:Plug in Prius and on Snow removal

The Environment Weekly column, here's this week's two questions in case you missed reading on Kidsfreesouls.

When the plug-in Prius is released, how much electricity will it use? Will my electric bill double if my Prius is plugged in each night? Or will the increase be minimal? Also, will all this recharging put a strain on the existing electricity grid? -- G.C. Marx, Colorado Springs, CO

"According to the blog, electric cars and plug-in hybrids (those that have been converted by owners) currently average about two cents per mile to recharge, while gasoline-only cars average about 10 cents per mile to refuel. Pictured: a Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid demonstration program vehicle at the 2010 Washington, DC Auto Show."

What are the environmental impacts of all the de-icing and snow removal taking place on roads everywhere in the wake of all the recent storms? -- Benjamin P Sander, via e-mail

"Besides salt, removed snow contains accumulated amounts of antifreeze, engine oil, rubber and metal deposits from tire wear, and heaps of plastic litter, cigarette butts and other waste -- all poisonous to local ecosystems no matter where it ends up."

Read the detail answers In English In Spanish

Mistakes and they're apt to happen when we work on deadlines! The last post spoke on different category which do not fall under this blog - hence the delete. You can find the same here.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

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