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.”
Electric Vehicles Archives - State of the Planet
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?
Self-driving cars will fundamentally change how we live and work. But not all of those changes will be positive.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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