Looking for the most fuel-efficient SUV or pickup truck? Some of the cleanest cars you can buy today are powered by electricity. Although the emissions of an electric vehicle (EV) varies depending on where it is plugged in, the average EV sold in the U.S. produces the emissions equivalent of a gas vehicle that gets 73 MPG, and over 70 percent of Americans live in an area where driving an EV results in fewer emissions than a 50 MPG gas-powered vehicle Read more >
May 25, 2016 4:02 PM EDT
Nearly half of all the electric vehicles (EVs) sold in the US have been sold in California. Is this because only Californians are interested in using EVs to go get tangerines from that guy on the off-ramp over by the 2? Read more >
March 8, 2016 12:12 PM EDT
Although cold weather impacts electric vehicles, the real question is whether that impact matters. To find out, I interviewed UCS members who drive electric vehicles in frigid places across the U.S. Here’s what they said. Read more >
August 28, 2014 10:17 AM EDT
As someone who works to make our cars, trucks, and transportation systems cleaner, I get a lot of questions toward what sort of vehicle I think people should buy. My answer is always, it depends.
September 19, 2013 12:45 PM EDT
Earlier this month I had the privilege of attending the 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition. This event provided an opportunity for chemists to collectively geek out about non-oxidative conversions, triazollium-based ionic liquids, and rhodium catalysts — for example — and for chemical supply companies to showcase contraptions that jostled, stirred, shook, rotated, inverted, injected, and swirled chemical compounds. This all made very little sense to me as a non-chemist, though I came close to purchasing a turbo vortex evaporator, just to say I own one, but please don’t ask me what it does.
What made sense to me as a transportation policy analyst, however, was the amazing potential of these studies and equipment to dynamically impact our transportation future, especially when it comes to hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) — a technology that is a piece of our plan to cut projected U.S. oil use in half over the next 20 years. Read more >