Electric Vehicles Archives - State of the Planet

E-scooter riders take to the streets of Portland, Oregon. Photo by Sarah Petersen

Coming Soon To A City Near You: E-Scooters

Shared, dockless electric scooters have taken to the streets of cities across the U.S. Is New York City ground zero for the next e-scooter invasion?

by |October 26, 2018

Alum Launches First-Ever Shared Electric Mopeds in New York City

With his passion for energy and sustainability, Frank Reig, an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum, is working to make urban transit “fast, affordable and way more fun.”

by |August 20, 2018

Will Electric Vehicles Take Over the World?

Many countries are banning fossil fuel run cars in favor of electric vehicles. How does the future look for EVs and how green are they really?

by |April 23, 2018
an empty subway car

Could Robo-Taxis Kill Public Transportation?

Self-driving cars will fundamentally change how we live and work. But not all of those changes will be positive.

by |November 30, 2017

How the U.S. Might Fulfill Its Paris Pledge Without the White House

States, cities, and businesses are trying to pick up the federal government’s slack to fight climate change. How big of a difference can they make?

by |October 17, 2017

Trump Cannot Stop the Transition to Environmental Sustainability

Trump cannot stop the attention most of us are paying to environmental sustainability, and I remain confident that the transition to a renewable resource-based economy has begun.

by |October 9, 2017

Tesla’s Model 3 and the Transition to Sustainability

In the United States we need to build more and better mass transit options, but due to our land use development pattern in most of the country, personal transportation will always be part of our mix. The growth of the electric vehicle market provides an example of how the transition to a renewable resource based economy will probably take place.

by |July 31, 2017

California Takes the Lead on Climate Policy

While current technology could be used to achieve the new climate policy goals, it will be far easier to meet and exceed the new standards if new technologies are developed and implemented. For California, the key will be the rapid development of the electric car.

by |September 8, 2015

The Race for Better Batteries

The worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way, but to integrate all this variable power into the grid, battery storage is key. Researchers around the world are working on developing better and cheaper batteries.

by |June 12, 2015

Lessons of the Move From Hybrids Back to SUVs

This shift in consumer attitudes demonstrates that mass behaviors that lead to a sustainable and renewable economy will not come from a simple desire to protect the environment. Hybrids and electric cars are more expensive than traditional autos and as long as that is the case, they will have difficulty competing with them

by |May 18, 2015