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EVs are greener than ever, thanks to renewable energy

At least, according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Based on where they've been bought, the average EV's emissions are about equal to a 73-mpg car.

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California almost halfway to 2025 goal for zero-emissions cars

BMW, General Motors lead the charge

Zero-emissions vehicles accounted for about 3.5 percent of California new-vehicle sales last year, or almost half the state's mandated goal for 2025.

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Americans bought more EVs last month than ever before

Demand for EVs rises despite lower gas prices and limited availability.

You've all been busy.

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UCS researcher talks oil, alt fuels, cats in Reddit AMA

Don't worry about running out of oil, the emissions will get us first.

The Union of Concerned Scientists' Dr. Jeremy Martin gives a realistic look at the future of fuels both traditional and alternative.

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Leilani Munter tells Neil deGrasse Tyson green racing is no paradox

The self-described "vegan hippie chick with a racecar" opens up.

Leilani Munter joins Neil deGrasse Tyson on Star Talk Radio to talk about racing, solar power, and dolphins.

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UCS replaces VW's green title with 'dirtiest tailpipe'

Once Tied With Toyota, VW Is Now More Like Chrysler

Watchdog group says VW fleet's overall environmental impact may be 25% higher than previously thought.

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Hyundai-Kia claims 'greenest' title from Honda, Big Three still big losers

Let's start with the good news. On average, any new car you buy in the US today will be 43 percent cleaner than any average new car in 1998. Here's some more good news, for Korea anyway, Hyundai-Kia has been named the cleanest automaker in the latest study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which looked at 2013 model year vehicles sold between October 2012 and September 2013 from the top eight au

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EVs, plug-ins already saving 45 million gallons of gasoline per year in US

Plug-in vehicles, battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids are cutting US gasoline use by 45 million gallons a year, which means Americans are already saving $100 million a year in refueling costs thanks to EVs. Now, imagine how those savings might look if startups like Aptera, Coda Automotive and Fisker Automotive had created

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40% of American households could easily drive EVs without changing habits

It's a solution that would please just about everyone, save Exxon. Find every American household that could theoretically get by with a plug-in vehicle, and make them buy 'em. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Consumers Union says about 45 million households – about 42 percent of all the households in the US - could drive plug-in vehicles with "little or no change" in their driving habits. And more than half of those could go on just as they are today if they drove battery-electr

Memorial Day weekend gas tab likely to hit $1.44 billion in US

Americans are about to spend a lot of money on gasoline. If the number crunchers at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) are correct, US drivers will spend a tidy $1.44 billion filling up for their Memorial Day travels as 31.2 million people use the long weekend to participate in the time-honored tradition of a road trip.

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Driving an EV is like paying a buck a gallon, eternally

For those nostalgic for mullets, the Cosby Show and Oakland A's dominance, the Nissan Leaf may be for you.

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UCS: no matter where you live, driving electric can save money, emissions

It's easy to understand that, if you power your vehicle with electricity, you don't need to use as much gasoline. But, how much do you actually save, in terms of fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions if you plug in instead of gas up?

Fewer flashy debuts, more serious efficiency efforts thanks to new CAFE rules

Jim Kliesch, the Clean Vehicles Program research director for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), is noticing a change. Instead of hyping marquee "green" cars, auto manufacturers are settling into a groove where they regularly show off packages of conventional fuel-saving methods that will allow them to bring more-efficient vehicles to market. These small changes add up to noticeable results, he said during an interview at the New York

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2025 CAFE target set at 54.5 mpg; everyone's apparently happy with that

Following the official announcement this morning that the new 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard would be set at 54.5 miles per gallon, our email box overflowed with something we rarely see: near-unanimous support. Everyone from the automakers to the Union of Concerned Scientists, from the United Auto Workers to the American people (through a study released today by the Pew Environment Group) seem to agree: Sebastian Blanco

Official: 2025 CAFE target set at 54.5 mpg; everyone's apparently happy with that

Following the official announcement this morning that the new 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard would be set at 54.5 miles per gallon, our email box overflowed with something we rarely see: near-unanimous support. Everyone from the automakers to the Union of Concerned Scientists, from the United Auto Workers to the American people (through a study released today by the Pew Environment Group) seem to agree: Sebastian Blanco

EPA's 2011 RFS2 numbers slash cellulosic ethanol target by 97 percent

On top of certifying plug-in vehicles with mpg and mpge ratings (Chevy Volt, 93 mpge; Nissan Leaf, 99) and Sebastian Blanco

UCS: Honda remains Greenest Automaker, Chrysler named Most Polluting

In 2009, Business Car claimed that Toyota was still the world'

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