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Why do electric cars exist? Buyer demand? Legislation? Or VW?

Why do electric cars exist? Buyer demand? Legislation? Or VW?

Owners love them, but modern electric cars have not made a large dent in sales of internal-combustion cars since becoming widely available five years ago. In fact, but for a few exceptions, electric cars essentially wouldn't exist without legislation aimed at lowering transportation-related carbon... read more

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Uber logs another mass-transit win, this time in New Jersey

Supporters of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft believe they can do more than simply serve as alternatives to private car ownership. Both companies and policymakers... read more October 6, 2016 by

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California removes limit on carpool access for plug-in hybrids

Of California's many incentives for green cars, one of the most popular is solo access to the state's carpool lanes for drivers of electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and certain... read more September 19, 2016 by

2017 Chevrolet Volt

Landmark CA climate bill could have wide effects on cars, energy

California already leads to the nation in efforts to limit air pollution and reduce carbon emissions. The Golden State has promoted electric cars like no other, not to... read more August 31, 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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What would it take to get Australia to 100-percent renewable energy?

What would it take to convert an entire country to 100-percent renewable energy? How about a country that occupies an entire continent? Australian climate think tank Beyond... read more August 17, 2016 by

National Drive Electric Week 2014: Charging in Austin. Photo by Aaron Choate.

Electric cars as bad as coffee or refrigerators: why we fear new things

Electric cars face opposition not just from entrenched interests that benefit from the use of fossil fuels, but from car buyers as well. Shoppers continue to express concerns... read more August 12, 2016 by

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 (Image: Flickr user Aero Icarus, used under CC license)

Coming up next: emission standards for airplanes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon follow up on previously-discussed plans to set emissions standards for airplanes. The agency previously identified... read more August 1, 2016 by

2017 BMW i3

U.S. to offer $4.5 billion for electric-car charging stations via DoE loan guarantees

The Obama Administration said yesterday that it will invest up to $4.5 billion to build electric-car charging stations in a major push to create comprehensive charging... read more July 22, 2016 by

Smog in Dehli, India (by Flickr user Mfield)

Indian capital to cancel registrations of diesel cars 10 years or older, immediately

India's top environmental court is taking aggressive action to curb air pollution in the country's capital city. New Delhi authorities were ordered by the courts on Monday to... read more July 20, 2016 by

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Europe plans far tighter emission caps for cars, vans after 2021: report

The current set of European Union emissions standards for cars extends to 2021, but regulators are apparently planning a new round of standards to follow. These new standards... read more July 18, 2016 by

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)

Paris weekday ban on pre-1997 cars takes effect, historic cars excepted

Beginning this week, drivers will not be able to take older cars into the center of Paris on weekdays. The ban encompasses most cars made before 1997 and motorcycles made... read more July 5, 2016 by

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

Which countries have plans for all new cars to be electric, and when?

Plug-in electric cars currently make up a fairly small percentage of the millions of new vehicles sold globally. But within the next two decades, they may be the only new... read more June 23, 2016 by

2017 Chevrolet Volt

California electric-car rebates caught up in politics as cash runs out

California's electric-car rebate program has exhausted its funding, and allocating more money has proved somewhat difficult. All applications since June 10 have been placed... read more June 21, 2016 by

Ford Mustang in France

Europe's carbon goals could make cars unaffordable: Ford exec

Stricter emissions standards may raise the average cost of new vehicles, but will that make them "elitist?" The increasingly sophisticated technology required to improve the... read more June 8, 2016 by

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Pre-1997 cars forbidden in central Paris to cut emissions

A fairly direct way to eliminate air pollution from car exhaust emissions is to simply get rid of the cars themselves. Next month, Paris officials will attempt to do just... read more June 2, 2016 by


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