Based on estimates from the MIT Trancik Lab, The New York Times plotted average carbon dioxide emissions against average cost per month for electric, hybrid, and gas vehicles. Each dot represents a vehicle type. While electric vehicles cost more upfront, the lower maintenance and electric costs make up the difference in the long run.

The chart above only shows vehicles that retail for $55,000 or less, but you can see more vehicles in the original version.

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Nathan Yau
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