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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Biodiesel (Charts and Graphs Included!)

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

Most discussions about biofuels center on ethanol, but biodiesel—a diesel-substitute made from vegetable oils and animal fats—is increasingly important as well. But where does biodiesel come from, and what does it mean for the climate? Like most important things, the answers aren’t black or white—but they’re critical to get right. Read more >

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Dear Automakers: Please Don’t Dismantle the Incredibly Successful Fuel Economy Standards

, senior vehicles analyst

In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set joint fuel economy and global warming emissions standards for passenger vehicles out to 2025. These standards (taken together with those finalized in 2010), which cover new vehicles sold from 2012 through 2025, represent the biggest step the country has taken to reduce oil use and global warming emissions, and it’s already paying dividends. Read more >

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The Present and Future of Smart Charging: Experts Weigh In

, Kendall Science Fellow

Earlier this month UCS convened a workshop on smart charging, the idea of using electric vehicles to help the electricity system balance supply and demand. Here’s a taste of what we heard. Read more >

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California EV Survey Results

New Survey Finds Californians Very Interested in Electric Cars

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

California has been the leader in EV sales over the last five years, and a new survey helps explain some of the reasons why. Last month we, along with Consumers Union, commissioned a survey of California and Northeast drivers and the results are in. Read more >

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Why the Northeast is Ready for Electric Vehicles

, lead policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Nearly half of all the electric vehicles (EVs) sold in the US have been sold in California. Is this because only Californians are interested in using EVs to go get tangerines from that guy on the off-ramp over by the 2? Read more >

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