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    A study by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has found that Battery Electric Cars (BEVs) produce more greenhouse gases than other types of cars. The research looked at the manufacturing, usage, and disposal of electric cars and compared them to hybrid and conventional internal combustion engine cars. The study found that BEVs contribute significantly more greenhouse gases in different categories compared to other vehicles. This is because they are charged with electricity, a substantial portion of which in India is generated from coal, resulting in carbon dioxide emissions.

    The cost of purchasing, using, and maintaining battery electric cars is 15-60 percent higher per kilometer compared to hybrid and conventional cars. Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) were found to emit the least amount of greenhouse gases. However, they tend to be more expensive due to high government taxes on hybrid cars. The report suggests that if the government aims to promote clean technology, hybrid cars should be taxed on par with battery electric vehicles.

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    Battery electric cars are being encouraged through lower taxes and other incentives for buyers. Hybrid cars offer better mileage per liter compared to conventional engine cars, making them more fuel-efficient. Ultimately, the report suggests that for personal use, conventional engine cars are more cost-effective, while battery electric cars are more efficient for taxi operators. Hybrid vehicles are considered the most environmentally friendly option.

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