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Yes, We Need More Electric Vehicles, But We Also Need to Drive Less

Yes, We Need More Electric Vehicles, But We Also Need to Drive Less

Throughout the Democratic presidential debates, and even at our own Climate Forum 2020, candidates emphasized the need for America to transition to more electric vehicle use. In fact, many of the Democratic candidates’ climate plans include sizeable investments for electric vehicle infrastructure, even offering “cash for clunkers” programs. However, as City Lab recently argued, before […]

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Tesla’s Competitors Close In, Elon Musk Remains Optimistic

Tesla’s Competitors Close In, Elon Musk Remains Optimistic

Tesla, under the leadership of CEO Elon Musk, has a vision to put everyone in an electric car and the company’s competitors may make that reality come true while making Tesla a “nice brand” as the Washington Post put it. There were reasons to celebrate at Tesla’s 2019 shareholder meeting help this week but one […]

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Cutting Through the Noise: How Green are EVs?

This summer my (Miro’s) husband and I are planning a road trip from DC to the Finger Lakes and out of curiosity, I was looking at ways to make our trip more sustainable. I stumbled upon this helpful and practical guide of how to prepare your car, home, and even luggage to limit the impact […]

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EV Charging Stations and EV Busses Picking Up

EV Charging Stations and EV Busses Picking Up

Electric vehicles in California got a major boost on Monday when EV infrastructure company EVgo announced a deal with Chevron to install fast chargers at select gas stations in California.  Forbes Magazine recently reported that homes that are located close to electric-vehicle charging stations, according to a new analysis by realtor.com, sell at a premium — 1.5 times higher than their surrounding metro areas and 2.6 times higher than the rest of the country.

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Plunging Battery Prices Will Drive EV Price Parity Within a Decade

Plunging Battery Prices Will Drive EV Price Parity Within a Decade

The rapid decline in battery prices for electric vehicles will make them far more affordable in the near term, and as a result, the age of gas-powered vehicles may end sooner than experts previously thought, according to a new report from Bloomberg NEF. In the annual Bloomberg outlook on electric vehicles, they predict that by […]

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US states begin taxing electric vehicles

US states begin taxing electric vehicles

Most European Union member countries offer tax and acquisition incentives for electric vehicles in hopes that they can help fight climate change but here in the U.S., in nearly half of states, driving a battery-powered car requires paying additional fees. As Bloomberg reported, “to date, 24 states have imposed special fees on electric vehicles, according […]

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Busting the myth that EVs lead to more emissions than fossil fuel cars

There’s a false rumor being spread around the internet by trolls, well-meaning people and…the likes of Politico and WSJ Editorial Board about the environmental benefit of electric vehicles. Essentially the claim is that since EVs have to be recharged largely through grid power, they end up emitting more greenhouse gases because our utilities are still […]

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Duke Energy ordered to clean up its coal ash mess

Duke Energy ordered to clean up its coal ash mess

This week, as Sierra Magazine reported, North Carolina environmental regulators ordered Duke Energy to excavate and remove toxic coal ash from unlined storage sites at six power plants. Toxic chemicals concentrated in coal ash have been shown to cause cancer and nerve damage, and to impair brain development. Spills of this toxic substance have occurred […]

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Ford and GM to Add Jobs In MI to Build EVs

Ford and GM to Add Jobs In MI to Build EVs

Last week, both Ford and General Motors (GM), the largest American car manufacturers, announced plans to add jobs in Michigan to build electric vehicles, as both companies plan to substantially expand their lineup of electric vehicles to meet expected growing demand in the U.S. and in an effort to chip away at Tesla’s market share of EVs. 

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Volkswagen all in on EVs

Volkswagen all in on EVs

After its 2015 scandal where Volkswagen admitted to US regulators that it cheated on emissions tests, the German automaker has unveiled its new plan to invest heavily in electric vehicles and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. According to VW’s recent press release, the company plans to release 70 new electric models in the next ten […]

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Colorado autodealers take stricter fuel standards to court

Colorado autodealers take stricter fuel standards to court

Last summer Colorado’s then-governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order in June 2018 mandating the state adopt low-emission vehicle standards by 2025. Newly sworn-in Governor Jared Polis has not only kept the EO in place but had built on the efforts to reduce emissions and help Colorado build better infrastructure for electric vehicles and encourage their […]

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Electric Vehicle Experiments Abound – Not Just For the Wealthy

Electric Vehicle Experiments Abound – Not Just For the Wealthy

After admitting in 2016 to lying about excessive diesel emissions, Volkswagen (VW) agreed to pay $14.7b in penalties of which $2b will be invested by a VW subsidiary called Electrify America to boost electric vehicle use. Of that, $800m goes to California where the state is requiring nearly $300m be spent to help low-income and disadvantaged communities gain access to electric vehicles, according to The New York Times. As a result, Sacramento is a hub for numerous electric vehicle pilot programs and the only controversy is whether more areas of California should get to have similar pilots.

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