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Charging six cars at once is fine. Charging 60 million might be a bit tougher. Nadya Kubik/Shutterstock.com

Switching to electric vehicles could save the US billions, but timing is everything

Ensuring that everyone doesn't charge their cars simultaneously will make a big difference.
Le Pont-Neuf et la Pompe de la Samaritaine, vue du quai de la Mégisserie, painting by Nicolas Raguenet (circa 1750-1760). Musée Carnavalet

Car-free Paris? It was already a dream in 1790

The debate over the place of cars in cities may seem recent, but pamphlets published during the French Revolution show that the battle was raging before the first automobile even saw the light of day.
The bad old days of gas lines in the 1970s and shortages led to the creation of fuel economy rules. AP Photo

How the federal government came to control your car’s fuel economy

The Trump administration's move to freeze fuel economy standards reflects a sea change in American energy policy first born during an era of oil shortages and environmental crises.
In the film Iron Man 2, Elon Musk (playing himself, in white), meets one of his sources of inspiration: Tony Stark (R. Downey Jr.), super-hero of the Marvel Universe. DisneyPixar

Is Elon Musk a super‑hero?

Elon Musk is an open admirer of the fictional Tony Stark, whose alter‑ego is none other than Iron Man. But Tesla’s recent financial results prove Musk to be more vulnerable than his hero…
Staffers listen to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt discuss this policy reversal. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Stronger fuel standards make sense, even when gas prices are low

Manufacturers always have to make trade-offs when they design new cars, balancing the need to protect public health and the environment with their urge to wow customers.
Starman takes a drive in his Tesla. Peter Thoeny/Flickr

Elon Musk and Tesla: a magician in space?

Elon Musk is a master of keeping investors believing in the dream of Tesla, but analysis of the company’s output and financials reveal a darker picture.
Renault Zoé is currently the best-selling electric vehicle in the European Union (15% market share) and leader in France (with 70% of market share). Wikimedia Commons

The future of electric vehicles according to experts in the energy sector

The overall analysis of the results of the new Energy Market Barometer confirms that the road to a change in the dominant mobility model is still long.
A trade official from the United States walks past a sign Monday where Canadian, American and Mexican officials are holding North American free trade talks in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

NAFTA talks: Seeing the benefits through the bluster

There's been a lot of rhetoric in the air about the fate of NAFTA, especially from the U.S. president. But its demise is extremely unlikely.

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