This past weekend I had the opportunity to test drive a Tesla Model S, and it’s an amazing car to drive. Its luxury and high performance has won it accolades like Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year—but the inherent benefits of being an electric car are what really set it apart.
January 9th, 2014
December 18th, 2013
Hi, I’m Rachael and I recently joined the UCS team as a Kendall Science Fellow in the Clean Vehicles group. My focus during the fellowship will be on the lifecycle impacts of advanced vehicle technologies, so first I’m going to start with a brief background on what lifecycle assessment is and why it’s important. Read More
December 11th, 2013
The market for electric vehicles (EVs) is booming. More EVs have been sold in 2013 than were sold in calendar years 2010-2012 combined and more EV models and designs are coming to showroom floors than ever before. Despite all of this good news, however, EVs only make up less than 1% of the total vehicles on the road in the United States and the ever-present chorus of “EV-haters” continue to carol the futility of driving on electricity.
The dichotomy between the recent rise of EV sales and the sustained backlash against EVs raises the question: are today’s EVs a suitable choice for drivers, or are they a technology destined for lonely Ebay auctions like Betamax or Minidiscs? To answer this question, UCS teamed up with Consumers Union, the nonpartisan policy wing of Consumer Reports, to assess whether today’s EVs could meet the vehicle needs and driving habits of American drivers. Read More
October 24th, 2013
The road to an electric vehicle future just got a lot wider.
Eight states, representing a quarter of the new vehicle market, announced a joint plan today to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on America’s roads by 2025. The announced Memorandum of Understanding will increase coordination across the states, as well as lead to the development of state-specific actions to support a successful and growing market for electric vehicles, a key solution for tackling climate change and cutting our nation’s projected oil use in half over the next 20 years. Read More
September 18th, 2013
Thinking about buying an electric vehicle, but worried about where to plug-in? Trying to maximize the electric miles you drive with your plug-in hybrid? How about plugging-in while you work? Well, there’s good news for you — at least in California Read More
August 26th, 2013
If you follow UCS, you are probably aware that electric vehicles are clean, cheap to fuel, and an important part of our plan to reduce projected oil consumption by half within 20 years. You may not be aware, however, that you can now add another important feature to the list of benefits derived from electric vehicles; safety.
May 10th, 2013
Q: I’m interested in buying a new car, and am considering an electric vehicle (EV), but am worried that they are too expensive, or I’m going to run out of battery charge and be stranded. Should I still consider an EV?
A: Absolutely! Read More
January 28th, 2013
The recent Avis-Zipcar deal got me thinking about the future of car sharing and the possibilities for electric vehicles. The acquisition of Zipcar by Avis, along with car sharing endeavors by other traditional rental car companies like Enterprise and Hertz, indicates that car sharing is an idea that is here to stay and likely to grow. As car sharing becomes an increasingly popular travel choice for more Americans, is it also an opportunity to help accelerate the growth of the electric vehicle market in the U.S.? Read More
Charging Electric Cars from the Grid: A Good Choice – or the Best Choice for Lowering Global Warming Emissions?
April 19th, 2012
Electric vehicles, hailed by some as the greenest cars on the planet, have also been dismissed by others as an expensive way to do little more than move vehicle emissions from the tailpipe to a smokestack. So who’s got it right? My colleague, Amine Mahmassani, who works in the Clean Vehicles program at UCS recently co-authored a new report on electric vehicles which clears the air on the issue. I interviewed Amine to see what I could learn about global warming emissions from charging vehicles on the electricity grid. Read More