The US EPA Says The Chevrolet Volt is Barely Greener than The Toyota Prius

By Jeff Cobb If the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius are presented as solutions to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it may be a toss-up which one wins.
This is according to the U.S. EPA’s website which lets consumers determine tailpipe plus upstream emissions, and the difference on a nationally averaged basis is negligible, while regional variations see one car or the other pulling ahead.
2017 Chevrolet Volt.
To get terms clear: “tailpipe” emissions are self-explanatory, that’s a measure of CO2 from vehicle exhaust, and “upstream” emissions have to do with getting the energy to the vehicle. Since the Volt is a plug-in hybrid with

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