Union of Concerned Scientists

Driving Cleaner: How Electric Cars and Pick-Ups Beat Gasoline on Lifetime Global Warming Emissions


An analysis of EV global warming emissions compared to gasoline vehicles and policy recommendations to bring more renewable energy onto the grid and make EVs more accessible.

Driving Cleaner: How Electric Cars and Pick-Ups Beat Gasoline on Lifetime Global Warming Emissions2022-08-05T13:11:30-04:00

Federal Support for EV Charging


This fact sheet focuses on barriers to charging infrastructure deployment for consumers whose mobility needs are best served by a personal or shared motor vehicles and federal policies to address those barriers. Those policies constitute part of a broad agenda to increase access to all modes of clean personal mobility and goods movement.

Federal Support for EV Charging2021-03-10T12:01:13-05:00

Electric Vehicle Batteries


Scaling up BEV manufacturing will mean increasing the production and processing of several materials used in today’s lithium-ion batteries. Fortunately, strategies for recycling lithium-ion batteries offer the possibility of a sustainable, long-term supply of such materials, supporting the continued deployment of electric vehicles (EVs).

Electric Vehicle Batteries2021-03-10T13:27:39-05:00

Ride-Hailing’s Climate Risks


Ride-hailing trips today result in an estimated 69 percent more climate pollution on average than the trips they displace. Fortunately, the industry can implement several strategies to address the negative impacts of ride-hailing and contribute to a low-carbon transportation future.

Ride-Hailing’s Climate Risks2020-02-27T15:16:03-05:00

Surveying Consumers on Electric Vehicles


This survey was conducted by Consumer Reports and the Union of Concerned Scientists and shows that interest in electric cars and trucks is strong across the United States and between different income groups. The survey shows that 63 percent of Americans are interested in electric vehicles, and that 31 percent would consider one for their next purchase.

Surveying Consumers on Electric Vehicles2019-12-24T11:31:22-05:00

Charging Smart: How EVs Can Integrate with the Grid


The report finds that utilities could reduce the costs of integrating variable resources like wind and solar and spread the costs of maintaining the grid more broadly, reducing electricity rates for non-EV owners. It also argues that EV users could provide utilities with consistent, predictable energy demand and grid operators with abundant and precise data on local conditions.

Charging Smart: How EVs Can Integrate with the Grid2019-12-24T11:32:07-05:00