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Challenging Arthur Little study on electric-car emissions: questionable assumptions

Challenging Arthur Little study on electric-car emissions: questionable assumptions

Transitions into new technologies always generate confusion and misinformation, and certainly that has been the case with modern electric cars. Buyers, automakers, and analysts debate their cost, suitability, real-world range, wells-to-wheels carbon footprint, and recyclability, among other issues... read more

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2013 Volkswagen Passat

VW Joins Chrysler With 'Dirtiest Tailpipe' After Diesel Scandal Revealed

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) releases a semi-regular report card on automakers, ranking each by the amount of carbon emissions produced by their vehicles. During... read more October 20, 2015 by


 
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.

In Just One Year, Electric Cars Have Gotten Cleaner: How'd They Do That?

Electric cars have no tailpipe emissions, but their overall impact on the environment includes the electricity generated to recharge their batteries. The carbon emissions... read more December 18, 2014 by


 
2015 Toyota Prius Liftback

Hybrids A Better, More Cost-Effective Way To Cut Carbon Today, Study Says

The hydrogen fuel-cell cars being promoted as the future of zero-emission transport--aggressively by Toyota, slightly less so by Honda and Hyundai--generate quite a lot of... read more December 15, 2014 by


 
2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, April 2013

Hyundai-Kia Topples Honda For UCS 'Greenest Automaker' Title

Honda has long had the reputation of offering fuel-efficient, relatively green vehicles--but this year, it has lost the "Greenest Automaker" laurels that it's held since 1998... read more May 27, 2014 by


 
Power plant

Coal Makes Electric Cars Bad? No, Plug-Ins Show Coal As Bad

Every so often, electric-car skeptics will attack the idea of using grid electricity to power a car by bringing up coal. "Yeah," the argument goes, "but you're just burning... read more September 13, 2013 by


 
2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback, road test, June 2011

Which Hybrids Improve Gas Mileage The Most? Lexus, Lincoln Win

The Union of Concerned Scientists thinks hybrid-electric vehicles are a good thing, because they use less gasoline. But the savings in gas cost from that improved gas mileage... read more July 7, 2011 by 5


 

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