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It’s Electric! The Science of Cleaner Vehicles

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James Nolan, Associate Professor
Department of Biology, Georgia Gwinnett College

Lawrenceville, GA

I’m a biochemist by training, but my family’s leap into Electric Vehicle (EV) driving was not entirely a reasoned scientific choice, initially. We have always been energy-conscious, even before climate change was on our radar. We have always tried to live near our workplaces to save fuel and time. When hybrid vehicles came on the market, we did not seriously consider buying one, because it did not make economic sense for us; our savings on fuel would never match the difference in up-front price of a hybrid at that time.  The BP oil spill on April 20, 2010 changed the equation for us. Read More

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Workplace Charging: Good for Business and a Chance for Business to do Good

Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly becoming more visible on the nation’s roads, with almost 200,000 sold over the last few years. There are many reasons to switch to an electric vehicle, but many drivers have gone electric to save both time and money getting to and from work. Switching to electricity means fewer (or no) trips to the gas station and often access to HOV (carpool) lanes to speed up a commute. However, many people are still hesitant about purchasing an EV because of “range anxiety,” the fear that their charge will run out leaving them stranded. Read More

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California is Filling Up the Hydrogen Station Map

The California Energy Commission just announced it is funding 28 new hydrogen refueling stations. These new stations, combined with the nine existing stations and 17 stations already under construction, will give California 54 hydrogen stations open to the public by the end of next year. Building a system of hydrogen filling stations is vital to bringing hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to California drivers, as you can’t use the vehicles without places to refuel. This expanding network of refueling stations will allow the first large-scale introduction of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in the United States. Read More

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Michigan Needs a Stronger Renewable Energy Standard

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Dr. John Patten
Professor and Chair, Department of Manufacturing Engineering, and Director, Manufacturing Research Center, Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

The idea of switching over to renewable energy really came together for me during the oil embargoes of the 1970s, while I was in college and working at General Motors. I could not get gas for my car and we could not get enough oil for lubricants, cutting fluids and hydraulics at work. These events put me on a 40-year career path working in clean energy, starting with studying solar energy at the University of Florida and Oakland University, to working as an energy engineer, and I’ve been practicing and implementing what I learned ever since. Read More

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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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Top 7 Reasons for Considering an Electric Vehicle Today

You may have heard a lot recently about electric vehicles (EVs). Sales of EVs are up, manufacturers are beginning to offer a variety of EV models – from sportscars to sedans – and our recent analysis found that 42 percent of American households with a vehicle could use an EV.

So, why are car buyers getting more enthused about EVs? Since I’m not an EV owner myself (I continue to rely on my 25 year old Panasonic “collectors” bicycle – and by “collectors” I mean rusting hunk of Japanese steel), I asked UCS members who drive EVs what they like about driving on electricity. Read on to hear their stories and find out the top 7 reasons to consider an EV. 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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Will Tesla be a Game-Changer for Battery Energy Storage?

Last week Tesla, an electric car manufacturer based in Palo Alto, made national news by announcing it intends to launch a “Gigafactory” to produce lithium-ion batteries for at least 500,000 vehicles by 2020. This is no small potatoes. The level of battery production Tesla envisions is equivalent to the lithium ion batteries produced worldwide last year. Read More

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Germany Goes for Oil Savings Gold

For the past several weeks the eyes of the world were glued on Sochi, watching the XXII Olympic Winter Games. But that’s not the only global contest I’m interested in. The U.S. and countries around the world are also racing to reduce their oil use and global warming emissions from transportation. Developing a cleaner transportation economy may not seem as exciting as a ski-cross photo finish, but it has major implications for our future. Read More

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Electric Vehicle Emissions: 4 Lessons Learned from the Literature

Some people claim electric vehicles (EVs) emit more pollution than conventional vehicles, but based on what? Certainly not based on published literature. Read More

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