Last week, investment bank Morgan Stanley was quoted as claiming electric vehicles are responsible for more global warming emissions than gasoline cars. The firm’s report says Tesla isn’t a ‘green’ company because of this (incorrect) conclusion. There are likely plenty of reasons to invest in the electric car and solar panel maker, and certainly many reasons not to bet on Tesla, but the false claim of dirty cars isn’t one of them. Why did Morgan Stanley get the wrong answer? Read more >
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July 24, 2017 3:58 PM EDT
Electric vehicles (EVs) are an important part of how we will reduce climate-changing emissions, air pollution, and petroleum consumption. Are they the only way we will cut pollution from personal transportation? Of course not. EVs are critical, but we’ll also need to be smart about using urban design, transit, and shared mobility to reduce the amount of driving from all vehicles. However, a recent U.S. News & World Report article puts EVs in a false competition with these other strategies, while also repeating myths about the environmental impacts of EVs.
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May 31, 2017 4:40 PM EDT
One of the most common questions I’m asked about electric cars is, “how clean are they?”
Five years ago, UCS answered this question, publishing its first look at the global warming emissions from electric vehicles (EVs) in our ‘State of Charge’ report. In early 2017, the US EPA updated their data on emissions from electricity generation, now capturing power plant emissions through the end of 2014. How does this new data change our assessment of EVs?
April 27, 2017 1:48 PM EDT
The Oregon legislature has the opportunity to boost electric vehicle sales in the state and deliver benefits to all Oregonians by passing pending legislation for electric vehicle incentives in House Bill 2704. Electric vehicles (EVs) are a critical solution to cutting oil use, improving air quality, and reducing global warming pollution. For Oregon drivers, EVs offer fuel savings. Read more >
What Will It Take for Automakers to Meet California’s EV Requirements? Not as Much as You Might Think.
April 26, 2017 9:28 AM EDT
California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation has been instrumental in catalyzing the EV market, and has also long been a source of complaint for automakers. But, automakers are demonstrating they can meet 2025 ZEV targets that requires them to sell less than 8% new EVs—and that meeting these targets is good for business. Read more >