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Electric cars are cleaner than hybrids in most places: mapped once again for your convenience

Electric cars are cleaner than hybrids in most places: mapped once again for your convenience

The question is a reasonable one: electric cars may be zero-emission, but what about the electricity to recharge them? While renewable energy is growing globally, burning fossil fuels is still the source of most electric power today. The good news is that in most areas of the U.S., the "wells to... read more

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2014 Peterbilt 579

Should VW pay to retire the dirtiest diesel trucks for its cheating?

In the six months since the EPA revealed that Volkswagen used illegal "defeat device" software on TDI diesel cars, there have been many suggestions about how the company... read more March 23, 2016 by


 
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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