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The Consequences of Connecticut’s Tesla Ban

, policy analyst

At Tesla’s facility in Greenwich, Connecticut, you can take a look at Tesla cars. You can talk to representatives about electric vehicle technology, and learn how to install charging equipment. You can buy swag featuring the Tesla logo.

But you cannot buy a car. You cannot test drive a car. You cannot talk to a Tesla representative about pricing or financing. You cannot have your car serviced. Read more >

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Why You Can’t Buy a Tesla in Connecticut (and 5 Other States)

, policy analyst

Tesla is legally prohibited from operating its Tesla stores in Connecticut. Why? Read more >

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How to Ensure Self-Driving Vehicles Don’t Ruin Everything

, senior policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Zipcar’s former CEO has cast the self-driving future as a “heaven or hell” scenario, and she has a point. Self-driving cars could save lives, smooth traffic congestion, expand access to jobs or schools—especially for people who can’t drive themselves today—and reduce the number of vehicles on our roads. On the other hand, they could worsen smog and local air quality pollution, disrupt the US economy by putting millions of people out of work, justify cuts in public transit funding and services, and force urban planners to focus more on providing space for vehicles instead of for parks, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

To maximize the potential benefits of self-driving vehicles and minimize their potential consequences, UCS developed this set of principles that we will be pushing policymakers, businesses, and other stakeholders to follow. Doing so will ensure that self-driving vehicles reduce oil consumption and global warming emissions, protect public health, and enhance mobility for everyone. Read more >

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What is Oil Used For? What the Super Bowl Commercial Didn’t Tell You…

, vehicles analyst

A commercial during yesterday’s Super Bowl about oil may have given you pause.

Besides the sports car (about to go off-roading), the commercial was about things you probably don’t associate with oil. Like graffiti; makeup; prosthetics; a heart; and outer space. Read more >

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Massachusetts Moves to Limit Pollution from Transportation: 5 Things you Should Know

, policy analyst

The state of Massachusetts has been an important leader in the fight to protect our climate from global warming. But there’s one area where Massachusetts continues to struggle: controlling pollution from transportation. Read more >

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