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The road to electric vehicles with lower sticker prices than gas cars – battery costs explained

Electric vehicle sales have grown exponentially in recent years, accompanied by dropping prices. However, adoption of EVs remains limited by their higher sticker price relative to comparable gas vehicles, even though overall cost of ownership for EVs is lower. Venkat Viswanathan, Carnegie Mellon University; Alexander Bills, Carnegie Mellon University, and Shashank Sripad, Carnegie Mellon University […]

July 27th

Amid a Pandemic, Transit Authorities Turn to Technology

During the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, some city buses and trains have run empty, while others have been packed. In Los Angeles, for instance, ridership on the LA Metro has dropped from about 1.2 million to around 400,000 a weekday. Meanwhile, Detroit’s number 17 bus route and various lines in New York City have run at […]

How high is the carbon footprint of auto manufacturing?

When measuring the carbon footprint of a standard vehicle, fuel consumption is usually the first thing to come to mind. After all, for the standard gas-powered car, experts estimate that nearly 90% of emissions during its lifecycle are due to usage. Manufacturing these machines also has a significant carbon footprint, even if it is more difficult to […]

June 3rd

Tesla drops auto prices, starts bidding on land for game-changing Terafactory

We have actual news about actual Tesla price cuts. Then we have Elon Musk hinting at exciting new developments, but delaying the actual announcements. Then we have real bidding on possibly revolutionary factories. Nobody can keep this all straight. Certainly I can’t. By Mokurai Or as the nerd proverb puts it, In theory, there is […]

June 3rd

Renewable Roundup: Want to bring down the price of your EV? 80% are leased.

EVs have a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCOE) than gas guzzlers. But so far, they have higher purchase prices. Leasing evens out the purchase price with lower maintenance and repair costs. There are also subscription deals for some electrics. Well-structured leases have other advantages. By Mokurai The least-expensive electric car to lease this month […]

May 12th

The top 5 eco-friendly cars and EVs of 2020

Everyone is looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and become more eco-friendly as we move closer to the planet’s 2030 deadline, after which the damage done from climate change may be irreversible. We can recycle, compost, grow our own produce and only buy from local farms. We can also lessen our reliance on single-use plastics, […]

May 11th

How Tesla manages to stay ahead of the 5 stages of EV denial

It’s been nearly a century since any automaker was in a more enviable position than Tesla. Technology and design of zero-emission vehicles has improved dramatically in recent years. Yet, to catch up with Tesla innovation and marketability and be competitive in the fast-moving EV segment, legacy automakers need to switch to forward thinking, major investments, and extreme […]

May 1st