car culture

A Perspective on U.S. Gasoline Prices Heading into Fourth of July Weekend

July 4, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US Gas Prices

On Monday, June 30, the national average retail gasoline price was $3.70 per gallon. Although this is the highest average heading into the Fourth of July holiday since 2008, gasoline prices in 2014 have remained well below the spring peaks reached in each of the previous three years.[read more]

The EV Wedge: How Electric Vehicle Fuel Savings Vary By Country (and Car)

March 22, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

EV Wedge

If you’d asked me to define the ‘Electric Vehicle Wedge’ a few years ago I would have chuckled a little, and suggested it was the small pile of cash you needed to afford one. But due to falling EV prices and rising gasoline prices that snark is utterly outdated.[read more]

Rebranding Electric Drive

February 24, 2014 by James Greenberger

Elon Musk may have duplicated Steve Jobs’ feat of making a tech item fashionable. But more likely he simply rediscovered why people buy a car: an emotional attachment. Selling EV’s and PHEV’s may be less about selling environmental benefits than about selling a sexy, exciting new technology.[read more]

More Evidence That America May Have Reached 'Peak Car'

November 23, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

America and Peak Car

According to research from the Public Interest Research Group, young Americans between the ages of 16 and 34 are driving 23 percent less than they did in 2001. All Americans are driving less, but the decline is even steeper for Millennials. In study after study, the trend is stark.[read more]

California Helps Drivers Plug-in and Replace Clunkers with Cleaner Cars

September 29, 2013 by Max Baumhefner

California and Clunkers

To transform the vehicle fleet, you need to work on both ends — accelerating the purchase of cleaner new vehicles and the retirement of old clunkers. The California legislature is sending a package of bills to Governor Brown’s desk that does just that.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: Put Down the Keys, Step Away From the Vehicle

September 17, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

The idea of pushing a ton of metal to move 200 pounds of flesh is just insanely inefficient. This doesn't even account for the energy used in maintaining the infrastructure and building the roads; It is an inherently stupid way to design a transportation system.[read more]