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Gas has to cost $3 a gallon before it affects vehicle choice, study says

Gas has to cost $3 a gallon before it affects vehicle choice, study says

Continuing low gas prices are often blamed for the current popularity of crossover utilities and SUVs, along with any sales struggles green cars may experience. But would a sudden increase in gas prices cause shoppers to flock to more fuel-efficient vehicles? If so, how high would gas prices have... read more

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Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

We're there! Renewables now cheapest unsubsidized electricity in U.S.

Over the past few years, the cost of electricity generation from renewable-energy sources has decreased dramatically. So much so, that renewable energy may have just hit an... read more December 25, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Battery-electric cars more cost-efficient at cutting emissions than fuel cells: Stanford study

There's been considerable debate among advocates of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell cars over which technology is better for the environment. While neither vehicle... read more November 16, 2016 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Electric cars could save $13 billion in health costs by 2030 in 10 states: study

It's entirely obvious that internal-combustion cars pose a threat not only to the environment, but also to human health. Exhaust from gasoline and diesel cars contributes to... read more October 27, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Carmakers must cut carbon rapidly to evolve, shareholders say

Stricter global emissions standards are putting significant pressure on carmakers to improve fuel efficiency and make greater use of electric powertrains. But that may not be... read more October 18, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW i3

Electric cars to dominate on roads of wealthy cities by 2030: report

Within the next 15 years, the world's wealthy cities could be teeming with electric cars. That's the prediction of a new report, which claims electric cars could account for... read more October 13, 2016 by


 
Nissan Leaf on scenic drives in Europe

European Millennials will flock to electric cars (if survey results hold true)

Perhaps an even greater challenge than getting today's car buyers to switch to electric cars is predicting the rates of adoption among those who have yet to buy their first... read more September 30, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

U.S., China peer-reviewed reports lay out huge subsidies for fossil fuels

Critics of the renewable-energy industry argue that it's unfair that energy sources such as wind and solar often benefit from government subsidies. But the volumes and... read more September 22, 2016 by


 
2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

Every diesel brand in Europe emits more than VW, says new report

It's been a year since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that Volkswagen used illegal "defeat device" software that allowed its diesel cars to cheat... read more September 20, 2016 by


 
Offshore Oil Rig

Why Africa gets filthiest diesel fuel: little regulation, global traders

All countries have to deal with emissions from diesel vehicles, but African nations have it worse than most. They often have few emissions regulations, something Swiss... read more September 19, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Men may avoid green products because they seem feminine: hypothesis

Those tasked with selling electric cars and other products friendly to the environment must confront multiple obstacles as they try to win over often-skeptical consumers... read more September 13, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Electric cars can be 'contagious,' DoE says (solar panels too), but why?

The word "contagious" is often used to describe diseases, but not all contagions are necessarily bad. Studies have found that solar panels can be "contagious," for example... read more September 11, 2016 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf fully charged at start of road trip  [photo: John Briggs]

Electric-car range anxiety exists, but it's overblown, says MIT study

Range anxiety, the persistent worry about not having enough battery range to finish a journey, remains one of the major obstacles to widespread electric-car adoption. Many... read more August 29, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt

Who leads, who lags in electric cars in U.S.? New survey names them

A major obstacle to widespread adoption of electric cars is that they're not offered for sale everywhere. Collectively, automakers offer a significant number of all-electric... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
Electric-car rally in Geiranger, Norway [Image: Norsk elbilforening via Flickr]

What can we learn from electric-car owners in Norway (more than 100K of them)?

Thanks to a combination of government incentives and public enthusiasm, electric cars make up a higher portion of new-car sales in Norway than in any other country. As of... read more August 23, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW i3

1 in 6 cars sold in 2020 must be electric to meet fuel-economy rules: study

Several nations have enacted strict fuel economy standards but, for the most part, they have not required automakers to sell electric cars. In the U.S., only the state of... read more August 22, 2016 by


 

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