Vehicles

From fuel efficient trucks to electric and fuel-cell vehicles, our experts examine the role of transportation in tackling climate change and cutting U.S. oil use.


Subscribe to our Vehicles feed

Latest Vehicles Posts

battery pack in an electric vehicle
Hanjiro Ambrose/UCS

A Quick Guide to Battery Reuse and Recycling

From scooters to motorcycles, sportscars, school buses, trucks, trains, and even planes, it seems we are entering the era of electrified mobility.  This has been due in large part to the rapidly falling costs and improving performance of lithium-ion batteries. Better batteries are enabling an increasingly wide array of electric personal, light, and heavy-duty vehicle technologies. The growth in deployments of lithium batteries will inevitably create a large flow of retired or used batteries.  By 2030, analysts predict that retirements could exceed half a million vehicles annually or over 2 million metric tonnes of batteries per year. Read more >

Hanjiro Ambrose/UCS
Bookmark and Share

A ride-hailing app on an iPhone
Piqsels

Cinco Cosas que Debes Saber la Próxima Vez que Pidas un Lyft o un Uber

, Senior vehicles engineer

Los servicios de transporte a través de app, como Lyft y Uber, han cambiado la manera en que las personas se trasladan de un lugar a otro. Mis compañeros y yo acabamos de publicar un informe estimando las emisiones de carbono asociadas a los viajes por estas apps de transporte. Los hallazgos son preocupantes, y hacemos recomendaciones para mejorar nuestras opciones de transporte sin aumentar la contaminación y la congestión. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

A ride-hailing app on an iPhone

Five Things You Should Know About Lyft and Uber’s Climate Impacts (and what you can do)

, Senior scientist

Ride hailing services like Lyft and Uber have been changing the way people get around. My colleagues and I just released a short report analyzing the climate pollution associated with these services and making recommendations to ensure they help improve our transportation choices without increasing pollution and congestion. You should read the whole report, but to whet your appetite, here are 5 key findings. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Benjamin Cruz/Pexels

Exposure to Air Pollution from Vehicles in Illinois Is Inequitable — It Doesn’t Have to Be

, Senior vehicles engineer

Exposure to PM2.5 pollution from cars, trucks, and buses varies greatly within Illinois. Concentrations are highest in urban areas and downwind of those areas; Chicago and its immediate surroundings are affected the most. Cook County, including Chicago, not only has the state’s highest PM2.5 pollution exposure, but it also is one of the nation’s worst affected counties. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

La contaminación del aire causada por los vehículos en Illinois es injusta, y no tiene porqué serlo

, Senior vehicles engineer

Los autos, camiones y buses son fuentes significativas de contaminación del aire en Illinois.  Pero, ¿cuanta de esta contaminación es atribuible a estos vehículos?, y ¿quiénes están expuestos a ella?

Para ayudarme a responder esta pregunta, he usado un modelo computarizado para estimar la cantidad de partículas finas de materia que causan la contaminación del aire (conocida como PM2.5) que resulta del uso de vehículos en carretera (autos, camiones y buses.)  Read more >

Benjamin Cruz/Pexels
Bookmark and Share