Electric Vehicles Archives - State of the Planet

How Columbia’s Electrochemical Energy Center is Working to Decarbonize Society

The center focuses on developing better batteries as well as other energy storage options, which are key to a future fueled by renewable energy.

by |November 7, 2019

California and Automakers Confront Trump’s EPA

California had leverage and used it to cut a favorable compromise with four auto manufacturers over auto mileage standards.

by |July 29, 2019
freight truck driving on road

Workshop Explores How to Make Trucks Electric and Autonomous

Freight trucks consume 17 percent of the global oil demand, generating tons of greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions in the process. Could electrification help?

by |June 27, 2019
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