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Why is the Transition to Clean Cars by 2035 Critical? To Avoid Worsening Impacts of Climate Change and Air Pollution

, Senior vehicles engineer

California is already seeing the impact of climate change, with droughts, heat waves, and of course the unprecedented wildfires seen this summer. If the state follows through on the recent announcement from California’s Governor Newsom setting a target of 100% zero emission new car sales by 2035 and other states and countries follow, we can avoid even worse impacts of climate change. Read more >

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The battery pack of a Nissan Leaf such as this one can have a second-life application like at Nissan’s European headquarters which features a system composed of 12 second-life Nissan Leaf batteries. Gereon Meyer/Wikimedia Commons

The Second-Life of Used EV Batteries

When an electric vehicle (EV) comes off the road, what happens to the vehicle battery? The fate of the lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles is an important question for manufacturers, policy makers, and EV owners alike. The economic potential for battery reuse, or second-life, could help to further decrease the upfront costs of EV batteries and increase the value of a used EV. Given the growing market for EVs, second-life batteries could also represent a market of low-cost storage for utilities and electricity consumers. But in order to enable widespread reuse of EV batteries, policy will play an important role in reducing barriers and ensuring responsible, equitable, and sustainable practices. Read more >

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How Long Will My EV Battery Last? (and 3 Tips to Help it Last Longer)

For an electric vehicle (EV), low battery fear can contribute to what’s known as ‘range anxiety’, an often cited barrier to wide-spread EV adoption. But, as the market for EVs continues to develop and technology improves, the lithium batteries in electric vehicles are going further for far longer.  In this blog, we unpack the lifetime of lithium batteries for electric vehicles, provide some tips on how to maximize battery life, and explain why the battery of an EV may well outlive the car. Read more >

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Electric Cars Are Critical to a Clean Future

, Senior vehicles engineer

Electric vehicles (EVs) are an important part of how we will reduce climate-changing emissions, air pollution, and petroleum consumption. Are they the only way we will cut pollution from personal transportation? Of course not. EVs are critical, but we’ll also need to be smart about using urban design, transit, and shared mobility to reduce the amount of driving from all vehicles. However, a recent U.S. News & World Report article puts EVs in a false competition with these other strategies, while also repeating myths about the environmental impacts of EVs.
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Trucks and Buses: The Next Frontier in Electric Vehicles

, senior vehicles analyst

Today, I am happy to announce the release of a new report that UCS co-authored with The Greenlining Institute on heavy-duty electric trucks and buses in California. Read more >

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