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Mal Skowron

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Policy is rigged to favor gas guzzlers over climate, health, & consumers

Posted by Mal Skowron on Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

In April 2020, while the economy shuttered and infection rates for COVID-19 in the US skyrocketed, pickup truck sales exceeded sedan sales for the first time. Passenger cars are the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and more people than ever believe man-made climate change is happening. So how are biggest gas-guzzling cars taking over the industry?

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

Ending Gas-Powered Car Sales by 2035 is Doable

Posted by Mal Skowron on Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 05:10 PM

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom of California issued an executive order that announced California would require all new cars and passenger trucks sold in the state to be Zero-Emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2035.  

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

The surprising overlap between heat pumps and electric cars

Posted by Mal Skowron on Wednesday, July 01, 2020 @ 10:02 AM

We at Green Energy Consumers Alliance like to connect the dots between technology, markets, and policy to help people make smart green energy choices. Electric cars help dramatically lower the carbon footprint of passenger vehicles, just as electric heat pumps replace the fossil fuels used to heat our homes; this is why we’re helping people to make the switch to both. But there’s an overlap between these two technologies that we find interesting and important.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

5 things I learned from buying a used electric car

Posted by Mal Skowron on Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 12:03 PM

Due to the popularity of certain electric luxury sedans and SUVs, electric cars have the reputation of being expensive and inaccessible to most consumers. In reality, many new EV models are priced around what the average car-buyer is paying for a new car in the U.S. these days (i.e. $37,000) even before federal and state incentives.

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Spend less on car maintenance with an EV

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 03:48 PM

Most people still don’t know anyone who has switched to an electric vehicle or can’t name any electric models available for sale besides Tesla. There are a lot of factors contributing to the gradual rates of EV adoption, but it is in part due to the myth that gasoline cars are “easy” for consumers.

According to several studies and the personal experiences of EV drivers who have switched through Drive Green, electric vehicles have lower maintenance costs and better reliability than gas-powered cars. Though gasoline-powered cars are familiar, they are by no means the easier or better option for consumers. Here’s why.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Smart EV Charging Habits

Posted by Mal Skowron on Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 02:00 PM

One of the most understated benefits of driving an electric vehicle (EV) is never stopping at a gas station again. In addition to saving money compared to gasoline, EV charging is the more convenient option for many drivers. Here’s why – and how you can get the best performance out of your battery.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Webinar Recap: Buying a Pre-Owned Electric Car

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 09:57 AM

Electric vehicles (EVs) are more affordable than ever thanks to advances in battery technology. The availability of pre-owned EVs also makes driving on electricity accessible to consumers with any budget. Green Energy Consumers hosted a webinar on March 25 to give advice on how to purchase a pre-owned electric car. You can watch the full webinar & read a summary here.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Electric Car Tax Credits, Explained

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 08:45 AM

It’s tax season, and though you probably didn’t want to fill out another IRS form, Form 8936 (Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit) is worth the effort. The federal tax credit for electric vehicles (EVs) allows you to claim up to $7,500 on your returns for buying a new electric car. Here’s what you need to know about the federal tax credit and how to take advantage of it.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

What to Expect in the World of Electric Cars in 2020

Posted by Mal Skowron on Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 11:33 AM

After record sales numbers in 2018, the market for electric vehicles (EVs) experienced only modest growth in 2019. Most EV sales this past year (like last year and the year before that) were Teslas in California, but with an expected 19 million EVs to hit the road in the US by 2030, the tipping point for widespread vehicle electrification is near. Here are seven reasons that EVs should be on the upswing in Massachusetts and Rhode Island starting in 2020.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Webinar: Everything you need to know about EV charging

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 04:42 PM

There are many reasons to switch to an electric car - lower carbon emissions, less engine maintenance, and smooth handling, to name a few. But even if you’re sold on the consumer benefits of driving on electricity, it can still be a little intimidating to learn how to charge when you’re used to refueling with gasoline.

“Charged up: Everything you need to know about EV charging” is a 50-minute long webinar to make your transition to an electric vehicle as smooth as possible. View the whole webinar below.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation