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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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Electric Soul: What Goes Into a New EV?

, vehicles analyst

Kia released its first electric vehicle late last year in California, a new take on its iconic Soul compact. This year, the Kia Soul EV is expanding its reach to Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. With any luck, maybe Kia will follow GM’s lead and enter the Maryland market. But with announcements for the next generation of the plug-in hybrid Volt and a 200-mile battery-electric Bolt from its competitors on the horizon, not to mention today’s low gas prices, is there a reason why Kia is so bullish now? Read more >

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Are Some Californians Paying Too Much to Charge their Plug-in Vehicles?

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

A recent survey of electric vehicle (EV) owners shows that a significant number of Californians may be leaving hundreds of dollars a year in fuel-cost savings on the table. The survey by the California Center for Sustainable Energy suggests that more than a third of EV owners in some utility territories may not be on the utility rate plan that would save them the most money. Read more >

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Car Companies Embrace a Different Kind of Climate Change, Oil Industry Threatens to Sue

, former deputy director, Clean Vehicles

When I think about climate change, the images that come quickly to mind are of melting polar ice caps, heat waves, droughts, and severe flooding. This kind of climate change, or global warming, is one of the biggest problems UCS is trying to help slow and ultimately stop.  Read more >

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California Renews its Leadership on Zero Emission Vehicles

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

California announced their intentions to increase the zero emission vehicle standards (ZEV) through 2025 on Wednesday while I was attending the first press day of the LA Auto Show. If adopted, the standards would require automakers to increase the number of plug-in hybrid, battery electric, and fuel cell vehicles they sell, reaching 15 percent of the new vehicle sales by 2025. This is great news for consumers, meaning more clean-vehicle options to choose from over the coming years.  Read more >

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