electric vehicles


New Numbers Are In and EVs Are Cleaner Than Ever

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

One of the most common questions I’m asked about electric cars is, “how clean are they?”

Five years ago, UCS answered this question, publishing its first look at the global warming emissions from electric vehicles (EVs) in our ‘State of Charge’ report.  In early 2017, the US EPA updated their data on emissions from electricity generation, now capturing power plant emissions through the end of 2014. How does this new data change our assessment of EVs?

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Switching from gasoline to electricity not only reduces emissions, it can save money on fuel.

Oregon Legislature Can Boost Electric Car Sales

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

The Oregon legislature has the opportunity to boost electric vehicle sales in the state and deliver benefits to all Oregonians by passing pending legislation for electric vehicle incentives in House Bill 2704. Electric vehicles (EVs) are a critical solution to cutting oil use, improving air quality, and reducing global warming pollution. For Oregon drivers, EVs offer fuel savings. Read more >

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Photo: Wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0

Top Clean Cars from the 2017 New York Auto Show

, senior policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

I just got back from checking out the 2017 New York Auto Show and eating a couple dirty water hotdogs in the process. Here are my top picks for the clean cars that were on display and headed to a showroom near you.

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Who’s Driving Clean Energy Momentum? Ranking State Progress

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Clean energy has been having a really good run in recent years: costs falling, scale skyrocketing, millions of people enjoying its benefits. And the future is looking bright in a lot of ways, with technologies, customers, and policies coming together in beautiful harmony for a whole lot more progress to come.

When it comes to the role of our 50 states in creating this great clean energy momentum, which ones do we have to thank? That’s what the new Clean Energy Momentum State Ranking from the Union of Concerned Scientists set out to discover. As for how to figure out who’s tops, that title says it all… if you just look at each piece.

Let’s break it down, build it up, and see what we get. (And some of the answers just might surprise you.)

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Photo: Argonne National Laboratory. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (Flickr)

How Clean Are the Newest EVs?

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

We have an online tool that lets you compare most of the EVs that have been sold over the last six years, and we’re continually updating our database with the latest models. Here are some of the latest additions. Read more >

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