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David Reichmuth

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About the author: David Reichmuth is a senior engineer in the Clean Vehicles Program, focusing on oil savings and vehicle electrification. See Dave's full bio.

Are Air Conditioners Chilling the Benefits of Electric Vehicles?

Debate over the so-called “dirty little secret” of AC fluid muddies the merits of electric vehicles. Read More

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An Electric Spring: 3 Strong Trends in the EV Market

Springtime is the time of year where we start to see the first signs of growth; the green shoots of what will turn into a verdant garden or a bountiful harvest. As the first quarter of 2014 comes to a close, we are seeing some encouraging signs that both electric sales, and their benefits, will continue to grow this year. Read More

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All Eyes on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles at the LA Auto Show

Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles will take center stage at this week’s LA Auto Show. Three companies — Toyota, Honda and Hyundai — will unveil prototypes of new hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and announce details of their rollout plans for 2014 and 2015. Fuel cell vehicles may not be as well-known as hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles, but they are a vital part of the solution to reduce pollution and oil use from transportation. These vehicles have been promised for some time, so it’s exciting to be on the cusp of having fuel cell vehicles in new car showrooms. Read More

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The New Honda Accord Hybrid: Using Electric Vehicle Technology to Catch Up to the Prius

The newly released Honda Accord Hybrid scores a noteworthy 50 mpg around town according to the EPA. That’s nearly the fuel efficiency of the popular Toyota Prius hybrid—but in a larger car with sedan styling. However, what really stands out is the technology that lets this car achieve such a high fuel economy mark.

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The Best Cars for the Climate? What a Recent Report on Electric Cars Gets Right — and Where We Need More Analysis

A new report by Climate Central (CC) compares the emissions from electric vehicles (EVs) to gasoline-only cars and examines how the emissions change depending where you are driving in the country. My interpretation of the results: EVs are less polluting than the average new gasoline vehicle everywhere in the U.S. and EVs are better than the best gasoline car in many parts of the country. Read More

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Deal or No Deal: Are Electric Vehicles Worth It?

new report shows that the lifetime costs of owning electric vehicles (EVs) could be not just on par with conventional vehicles, but for many owners, cheaper than a gasoline vehicle. Read More

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Russia Torpedoes Cleaner Shipping

Echoing back to classic Cold War struggles, Russia has blocked Western European and U.S. efforts by apparently scuttling international plans to reduce hazardous pollution from ships starting in 2016. The “Tier III” amendment to the International Maritime Organization’s MARPOL standards would have required new engines that power the largest ships to include pollution control devices. These devices — such as selective catalytic reduction (SCR) — dramatically reduce the amount of nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide (collectively known as NOx) gases leaving a ship’s funnels. Read More

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