electric vehicles


Cold Weather Affects Electric Vehicle Range. But Does It Matter?

, lead policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Although cold weather impacts electric vehicles, the real question is whether that impact matters. To find out, I interviewed UCS members who drive electric vehicles in frigid places across the U.S. Here’s what they said. Read more >

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The Koch Political Machine Targets Electric Vehicle Policies. Here’s Why That’s Wrong

, lead policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

The HuffPo recently alleged that everyone’s favorite multibillionaires, Charles and David Koch, are planning to spend $10 million per year to assault government incentives for electric vehicles. Why all the fuss? It could be because some of Koch Industries’ $115 billion annual revenue is derived from oil refineries and pipelines. Or, it could be because the Koch’s believe that the government “should not pick winners or losers.” Read more >

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How to Calculate Electric Vehicle Emissions by ZIP Code and Model

, lead policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Internet! As you may have heard, the UCS Clean Vehicles squad just released a new report that definitively answers the question: are electric vehicles (EVs) cleaner than gas-powered vehicles? After two years of gathering and crunching data, we found that the average battery electric vehicle sold today is responsible for less than half the global warming emissions of comparable gasoline-powered vehicles.

So yes, EVs are awesome for the environment – and your wallet. But just how awesome? To help you #humblebrag about how clean EVs are in your neck of the woods, we developed this handy online tool that calculates emissions for almost every EV on the market for every zipcode in the U.S. Check it out and share it with your networks. I’ll give you unlimited internet points. Read more >

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Clean Energy Microgrids, Storage, and Building Grid Resilience

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The significant impacts of power outages are driving interest and technology innovation to provide electric power in a sustainable manner, even when the grid is damaged. An approach that’s growing in popularity and is becoming increasingly cost-effective is to combine solar plus storage to provide this added layer of reliability. Read more >

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Happy Fifth Birthday, Modern Electric Cars! Three Key Trends in the EV Market

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

This December, the first cars sold in the modern era of electric cars will turn five years old.  We’ve seen impressive growth in those first 5 years—but have we arrived at a tipping point where EVs are inevitable? Probably not; despite major progress, policy support is playing a critical role pushing automakers who are reluctant and helping consumers overcome barriers to EV ownership. Therefore the next 5 years are critical to get us to that tipping point. To see where we might be going, let’s take a look at the state of the electric vehicle (EV) market and how it has grown over the last 5 years. Read more >

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