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Electric AVs being tested by Cruise Automation frequently pass by my home in San Francisco. Photo: Don Anair

Self-Driving Cars Need to be Steered in a Climate-Smart Direction

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

The roving autonomous vehicles on the streets of San Francisco are one of the frequent reminders on my daily commute that our transportation system is changing. But will self-driving cars be good or bad for climate change?

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Photo: Don Anair
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A Waymo self-driving car on the road in Mountain View, CA, making a left turn. CC-BY-2.0 (Wikicommons).

How Important is it for Self-Driving Cars to be Electric?

, Senior vehicles engineer

The rapid development of self-driving technology has raised many important questions such as the safety of automated vehicles (AVs) and how they could radically alter transportation systems. These are critical questions, but AVs also have the potential to result in significant changes to the global warming emissions from personal transportation. Read more >

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Everyone can see what gasoline costs, but how much does electricity cost for recharging an electric car? Photo: Tewy CC BY 2.5 Wikimedia)

How Much Does it Cost to Charge an Electric Car in Your City?

, Senior vehicles engineer

Most drivers know how much it costs to fill the tank with gasoline. It’s hard to miss the glowing numbers at the corner station.  But how much does it cost to recharge an electric car? And how much money do EVs  save drivers compared to gasoline-powered cars? To help answer these questions, our new report, “Going From Pump to Plug,” looks at the price of recharging an EV at home in the fifty largest cities in the US, as well at public charging stations. Read more >

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Chevy Bolt featured in the 2016 LA Autoshow. Photo: Dave Reichmuth

Will Automakers Walk the Talk on EVs? Four Things to Look for at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

, Senior vehicles engineer

I’ll be attending this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show to check out the latest and greatest in vehicle technology. While the flashy presentations of the automakers will certainly grab attention, I’ll be looking for EVs and fuel efficiency technologies. Read more >

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Several BMW i3 electric cars at Crissy Field, San Francisco. The model with the range-extender option displays California's CAV (Clean Air Vehicle) green decal. The all-electric model displays the white decal. Photo: loadrunner235/Mariordo CC BY-SA 2.0 (Wikimedia).

What Will It Take for Automakers to Meet California’s EV Requirements? Not as Much as You Might Think.

, Senior vehicles engineer

California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation has been instrumental in catalyzing the EV market, and has also long been a source of complaint for automakers. But, automakers are demonstrating they can meet 2025 ZEV targets that requires them to sell less than 8% new EVs—and that meeting these targets is good for business. Read more >

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