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The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has conducted a study to determine which factors contribute the most to the adoption of electric vehicles in the leading EV markets in the United States. Researchers found that the factors that help speed up adoption include a wide range of models offered, in addition to generous incentives and an extensive charging infrastructure.
According to the report published by the ICCT, called Assessment of Leading Electric Vehicle Promotion Activities in the United States Cities, promotionalmore »
The road to success for electric cars has always been plagued by various problems, such as limited range, the lack of charging stations and the upfront price premium that makes them much more expensive than comparable gasoline-powered vehicles. Now, a new study shows that in addition to these obstacles, ignorance and image problems are the biggest factors standing in the way of electric cars.
German car maker Daimler has completed its eMERGE electric vehicle project, that tested a fleet of electric cars in real-world conditions over the past two years, which yielded some very interesting findings thatmore »
Since Google first started testing its driverless car prototypes in 2009, the tech giant was able to claim that they had an accident-free record, even after completing hundreds of thousands of miles on highways and city streets in several states. But, in May 2015, Google was forced to announce that several of its cars had been involved in a total of 12 accidents, stating that all of them occurred while the cars were being operated in “Manual Mode”. The fact that no one was injured in those accidents did help reassure the public that Google's cars do not pose a threat to the safety of passengers riding in them or other road users.
However, in a recent blog post, Google announced that one of its self-drivingmore »
Pretty much all electric-car enthusiasts have been waiting for this moment for a long time: the official launch of the the latest Tesla Motors vehicle – the Model X crossover. After being delayed several times over the past two years, the Model X is finally here, with Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, unveiling it at an event near the company's factory in Fremont, California. This was the first chance for the public to take a good look at the production version of the highly-anticipated all-electric SUV, and for the first couple of owners to get their keys.
“The mission of Tesla is to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. As you guys know, it is incredibly important that we move to a sustainable world, sooner rather than later. The sooner we do it, the better itmore »
The fact that self-driving cars will be safer than conventional vehicles is no longer up for debate, with automakers having proven that by taking the driver away from the equation, autonomous driving technology will drastically reduce the risk of accidents. But, there is still one thing that raises concerns when talking about the prospect of having cars moving along our roads completely independently. It's the question of how they will react when faced with having to make tough choices involving various road hazards, that would potentially require deciding between protecting their owners and other road users.
This ability to make ethical decisions is the focus of amore »
The Tesla Model S has been immensely popular among wealthier, environmentally-conscious Americans for a couple of year, which should suggest that customers are pretty satisfied with the service and the products they are getting from the Palo Alto-based electric-car manufacturer. But, a recent study reveals that Elon Musk's company lags far behind other automakers when it comes to shopper satisfaction, which seems a bit surprising at first glance, but when Tesla's disruptive business model is taken into consideration, it does make a lot of sense.
The Prospect Satisfaction Index (PSI), which shows results from a recent study conducted bymore »
The leading Japanese automakers consider hydrogen as the car fuel of the future, and are betting big on hydrogen-powered vehicles, as they believe that electric cars are not practical enough to present a good alternative to conventional vehicles. But, they also know that the number of publicly available fueling stations in the countries that fuel-cell cars are sold in needs to be drastically increased before they can become mainstream. Building an extensive supporting infrastructure is conditioned by a strong demand for hydrogen vehicles, which will not occur before there are sufficient refueling stations in place, making for a classic chicken-and-egg situation that presents a major barrier for themore »
One of the main reasons behind Google's commitment to driverless cars is their ability to avoid accidents and improve traffic safety, as they eliminate human error, which is the single most common cause of motor vehicle crashes. Up until a few weeks ago, the tech giant's self-driving car prototypes had covered a total of 1.8 million miles without causing any accident, but their crash-free record was on a brink of being tarnished recently, with a report claiming that one of the cars almost hit another vehicle while being operated on a public road in California.
As reported by Reuters, one of Google'smore »
Car sharing, peer-to-peer accommodation and other sharing economy services have been making a huge impact on many cities around the globe, and especially in the United States. Companies like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb have become important contributors to cities' economies, providing extra income for thousands of people and generating demand for new services that didn't use to exist and helping bring additional revenue to cities.
On the other hand, there are a lot of opponents of the sharing economy who claim that it has negative economic implications due to the fact that it violates various rules and regulations, and presents unfair competition to companies offering similar services, but operate within and adhere to an existing regulatory framework. However, a recent study reveals that American cities don't have a problemmore »
Greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles have an exceptionally harmful effect on people's health, causing chronic respiratory disease, heart disease and lung cancer, among other things, but the negative impact of the automobile goes beyond air pollution. On top of carbon dioxide, motor vehicles emit substantial noise that is generated by engines, exhaust systems, horns, alarms, as well as tires contacting the road.
Noise pollution has been known to cause stress, headaches, fatigue, hearing loss, and sleep disturbances. Now, a new study reveals that exposure to noise pollution from traffic has severe long-term effects on people's health, as well, reducing life expectancy and increasing the risk of stroke.more »