David Reichmuth

Senior vehicles engineer

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David Reichmuth is a senior engineer in the Clean Vehicles Program, focusing on oil savings and vehicle electrification. See Dave's full bio.

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With Mustang Mach-E, Ford Promises a Big Step Forward in Electric Cars, But We’ll Have to Wait to See If It’s Real

Ford has announced a new electric car, and it looks like it will be an exciting new option for car buyers. This debut is promising news for the transition from gasoline to electricity, and yet it’s also a great example of a significant problem we’re seeing with traditional automakers’ electric vehicle efforts, consumers may have a long wait until they’ll be able to buy one.

The unveiling of a new long-range plug-in car is a step in the right direction. We know that switching from gasoline to electricity is vital to reduce both air pollution and climate-changing emissions. And there’s a lot to like about the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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Air Pollution from Cars, Trucks, and Buses in the US: Everyone is Exposed, But the Burdens are not Equally Shared

 Air pollution has significant impacts to public health and the cars, trucks, and buses on America’s roads contribute to this problem. While we are all exposed to this pollution, there are significant differences in the average exposure to this air pollution by different racial groups in the U.S. and exposure also varies greatly depending on where in the U.S. you live. Read more >

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Subaru vehicles are popular in Colorado and environmentalism is part of their brand identity, so it's troubling that their sole electric vehicle isn't available in Colorado. Photo: Tim Hurst/Flickr

Why Colorado Needs a Zero Emission Vehicles Standard

Colorado is poised to enact requirements for automakers to sell “Zero Emission Vehicles” (ZEVs) in the state. In 2018, Colorado was already in the top 5 states in terms of percent of vehicle sales that are electric in the country, so why is this important? It’s because despite progress, Colorado could be moving even faster to switch from gasoline to electricity to power cars and trucks, if there were more models of electric vehicles available.

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The all-electric Audi e-tron SUV is responsible much lower carbon emissions than a similar gasoline-powered Audi SUV Photo: Dave Reichmuth/UCS

New Electric Options for Drivers Looking to Cut Carbon Emissions

Electric vehicles can significantly reduce the emissions from driving by substituting increasingly cleaner electricity for gasoline. At UCS we’ve been tracking how the difference between gasoline and electric car emissions have been changing and where in the US has the lowest electric vehicle emissions.  In 2018, UCS updated our estimates of the carbon emissions of electric vehicles with latest electricity data and now we’ve updated our vehicle emissions calculator with the latest models to reflect the carbon emissions savings from these new vehicles.

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Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns/Wikimedia Commons

The Future of Transportation Is Electric

It’s clearer every day: the future of transportation is electric. We should be cheering this transition—and encouraging it, because along with the benefits for drivers, electrifying transportation is going to be a critical piece of fighting climate change.

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