From fuel efficient trucks to electric and fuel-cell vehicles, our experts examine the role of transportation in tackling climate change and cutting U.S. oil use.

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What is the Learning Curve—and What Does it Mean for Solar Power and for Electric Vehicles?

, Kendall Science Fellow

The “learning curve” is the biggest story in solar power. But what does it mean? And how does it work? Read more >

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The Federal Government Wants to Regulate Autonomous Vehicles: Here’s What You Need To Know

, lead policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a 112 page guidance policy aimed at guiding the introduction of autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the United States. This is a big deal because AVs are coming to a driveway near you—sooner than you may think—and mark the first step in a multi-year regulatory effort that will ultimately become binding on the AV industry. Read more >

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Pulling Back the Curtain on a Massively Polluting Industry

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

The heat trapping emissions responsible for climate change come from many sources, but in the United States none looms larger than transportation, which is poised to overtake electricity generation as America’s biggest climate problem.

Most of these emissions come from cars and trucks: hence the need for fuel efficient and plug-in vehicles.

But there’s a story unfolding behind the pump that no one—at least in the media—is paying attention to. That’s the story of unconventional oil; tar sands, tight oil, and other sources that were previously considered too difficult or expensive to bring to market. It’s also the subject of our new interactive web feature, that tries to shed some light on what the oil industry is up to—and what it means for the climate. Read more >

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New Chevy Bolt a Leap Forward in Affordable Clean Driving

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

General Motors just released the EPA fuel economy data for their upcoming Chevrolet Bolt. The battery-electric car will get an estimated 238 miles per charge, considerably more than many expected and also greater than Tesla’s estimates for their future Model 3 sedan. Read more >

David Reichmuth
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Why Do Fuel Economy Standards Matter With Cheap Gas?

, senior vehicles analyst

With gas prices so low, automakers are claiming that nobody wants fuel-efficient vehicles. But consumers are smarter than that—they know that gas prices fluctuate. Read more >

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