electric cars

The Year in Clean Vehicles: Saving Money and Cleaning the Air

December 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Transportation

In signing the Paris Agreement, nations across the world are taking a much-needed step toward cutting carbon pollution from fossil fuel use and fortunately, the United States has a strong start--particularly in the traditionally oil-dependent transportation sector.[read more]

Electric Cars Are Cleaner Today and Will Only Get Cleaner Tomorrow

August 12, 2013 by Max Baumhefner

Cleaner Electric Cars

Uncovering a fraud is uniquely satisfying, which is perhaps why news outlets continue to provide electric car deniers with a platform to proclaim they aren’t as green as they appear. But close examination reveals the latest round of skeptics to be lacking in substance.[read more]

Reevaluating Electric Vehicles

June 16, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

Electric Car Cost

Just this week I noted a new tool from the US Department of Energy showing that fueling an electric car is about 3 times cheaper than fueling a gasmobile. Well, those fuel savings add up, resulting in more money in your pocket.[read more]

Unlikely City Claims Largest Electric Car Share

June 14, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Far from high-tech Silicon Valley or hipster Austin, Texas, the largest all-electric car-sharing service is being built. If you guessed Portland or Brooklyn, keep guessing…and moving inland.[read more]

Comparing Electric vs Gasoline Cars With DOE’s New Tool

June 13, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

Electric vs Gasoline Comparisons

The DOE has just launched a wonderful tool that some people will love and others will hate. Its new eGallon tool shows people how much it costs to fuel up on electricity versus gas.[read more]

GM Aims To Cut Chevy Volt Cost By $10,000

May 8, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Chevy Volt

Cost-cutting plans include a weight reduction of the 3,700-pound car and a switch to a dedicated platform, rather than the use of the gasoline-powered Cruze platform.[read more]

Moving Beyond Corporate Average Fuel Economy

April 25, 2013 by Gal Sitty

new car technology

Recent announcements by Ford and GM show that the giants of American auto manufacturing are investing in various approaches to meet the federal government’s stringent new fuel economy standards.[read more]

Ford Fusion Named the Green Car of the Year 2013

November 30, 2012 by Amy Sinatra Ayres

With two of its cars among the five finalists, Ford took the Green Car of the Year Award for its 2013 Fusion on Thursday at the LA Auto Show.The newly redesigned, midsize sedan is offered with three different engines: gas-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid and gasoline. The base model starts at $21,700, while the gas-electric hybrid, rated...[read more]

Patience and Policy Needed on Drive toward Sustainability

October 26, 2012 by Eileen Claussen

Electric Vehicles via Shutterstock

We shouldn’t be discouraged about the future of electric vehicles because some early movers are not meeting expectations. The recent decision by advanced battery maker A123 Systems to seek bankruptcy protection is evidence the company made missteps and perhaps grew faster than it could handle, which is not unusual in high tech.[read more]


Why You Don't Want an Electric Car... Yet

October 11, 2012 by Matthew Stepp

Electric Car Concept via Shutterstock

In a recent New York Times Magazine article, “Why Your Car Isn't Electric,” Maggie Koerth-Baker works through why consumers prefer gas cars over electric vehicles (EVs). She finds that Americans aren’t flocking to EVs because they have a fundamentally different idea of what a car should be. America's energy and climate policies are failing to address that reality.[read more]

Thinking Different Beyond the Smart Grid

October 9, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

Electricity Pylon via Shutterstock

Information and communications technologies (ICT) and machine to machine (M2M) applications will have evolutionary and revolutionary impacts on the Smart Grid and smart cities.  As more of the global population chooses to live in cities, ICT will also exert revolutionary impacts on transportation to help transform it into...[read more]

Nissan’s EV Shows New Promise With New Improvements for Going Green

October 2, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

As green drivers, electric-vehicle owners shouldn’t have to compromise certain driving capacities for taking an electric vehicle to the road. The Nissan LEAF is among the top-rated electric car models that help consumers save money, improve comfort and reduce their carbon footprint. Cutting costs? More space? Going green? These pros,...[read more]

How Solar Power and EV’s Will Save Us

September 28, 2012 by Nigel Morris

Electric Car Sign via Shutterstock

On the tail end end of whirlwind tour around the country to present at EcoGen MasterClasses, I had my own little epiphany around some of the issues that our industry faces today.I remembered the principle of taking just one step.Almost 25 years ago, I was working in a car factory making automotive parts and was invited to see a leading...[read more]

Why Storage?

May 14, 2012 by James Greenberger

It is not clear that the automotive market alone will provide an advanced battery market of sufficient size and immediacy to attract the necessary capital and innovation. Using a potentially larger market for the deployment of similar batteries in DES systems on the grid to leverage the automotive market, however, would make for a large, combined market.[read more]

Baby You Can Drive My (Electric) Car

May 11, 2012 by Scott Edward Anderson

Electric vehicles have come a long way since the days for the botched EV-1 experiment of the 1990s. Fisker KarmaFormerly considered tin cans without much oomph or sex appeal, EVs took a back seat to the more trendy hybrids (Prius) and powerful SUVs. Yet, if this year's EVS26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center proves one thing to...[read more]