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Comparative Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Conventional and Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) coupled with low-carbon electricity sources offer the potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and exposure to tailpipe emissions from personal transportation. In considering these benefits, it is important to address concerns of problem-shifting. In addition, while many studies have focused on the use phase in comparing transportation options, vehicle production is also significant when comparing conventional and EVs. We develop and provide a transparent life cycle inventory of conventional and electric vehicles and apply our inventory to assess conventional and EVs over a range of impact categories. Read More

Green Car Congress

The path to sustainable mobility is complex, with numerous competing and complementary approaches to alternative energy sources, production, distribution and applications; fuel and power-train options; materials; safety, economic and environmental considerations and trade-offs; policy issues; and different timelines for research, development and deployment. Green Car Congress’ mission is to provide timely, high-quality editorial about the full spectrum of energy options, technologies, products, issues and policies related to sustainable mobility. Goals: 1) To provide timely and accurate reporting and analysis of relevant developments around the world. 2) To take the panoptic view, providing comprehensive coverage and the context critical to understanding and evaluating emerging energy options. Read More

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles: Issues in Congress

This report provides an overview of current issues surrounding alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles – issues discussed in further detail in other CRS reports referred to in each section. Read More

Plug-in Electric Vehicles

This map shows states that have laws and regulations that incentivize the use of plug-in electric passenger vehicles. Policies include mandates for states to acquire plug-in electric vehicles for state fleets, access to High Occupancy Vehicle lanes or designated parking for plug-in electric vehicles, and financial incentives to private owners of such vehicles. Read More

Fuel Cell Vehicles

Description of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), how they work, their benefits, challenges, and fuel economy, along with range evaluation videos. Read More

The Dirty Truth about Plug-in Hybrids, Made Interactive

An online magazine bringing insight and developments in science and technology for more than 160 years. This Web-only article is a special rich-media presentation of the feature, “The Dirty Truth about Plug-in Hybrids,” which appears in the July 2010 issue of Scientific American. Electric cars and plug-ins are only as green as the electricity that powers them. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-dirty-truth-about-plug-in-hybrids (Preview of article) Read More

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Environmentally Beneficial Load Building: Implications on California’s Revenue Adjustment Mechanism

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are poised to allow, for the first time, large-scale interaction between the transportation and electric utility sectors. Electricity is a more efficient vehicle fuel than are liquid fossil fuels, and it can reduce system-wide greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by transferring energy demand and emissions from the transportation to the electric utility sector. Furthermore, PHEVs represent a new type of load for electric utilities that can ultimately result in increased utilization of renewable generation. Since PHEVs would be charged primarily at night when California’s wind resource is strong, PHEVs could further offset emissions by using power with a lower GHG emissions intensity than California’s average electricity mix. (February 2008). Read More

Executive Order 13149 Greening the Government through Federal Fleet & Transportation Efficiency

Executive Order for the federal government to reduce petroleum fuel consumption, including suggested strategies. Read More

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