A Closer Look at General Motors’ (GM) Sustainability Initiatives
Electric Vehicles | Environment

A Closer Look at General Motors’ (GM) Sustainability Initiatives

There’s no denying that climate change is a major issue. Though COVID-19 somewhat decreased global carbon emissions, that trend won’t continue forever. A global initiative is necessary to protect and preserve the planet’s health. To that end, companies across the world have an important part to play. This is increasingly clear when you examine their…

Car Modifications for Electric Vehicles: What’s Possible?
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Car Modifications for Electric Vehicles: What’s Possible?

Forget what you know about modifying internal combustion engines. Tuning an electric vehicle (EV) is a whole different ballgame. When you work on a traditional car, you might be upgrading the cylinder heads, turbos, superchargers, motor and more. With an EV, however, there are no turbos or superchargers. You won’t be replacing rods or valves…

9 Proven Tips to Extend Your EV Battery Lifespan & Prevent Battery Degradation
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9 Proven Tips to Extend Your EV Battery Lifespan & Prevent Battery Degradation

There are now more than 5.6 million electric vehicles on the road worldwide, with China and the U.S. leading the world in electric vehicle (EV) registrations.  It’s a well-known fact that all lithium-ion batteries (including the ones used in EVs) will degrade over time and eventually lose some charge capacity. But is there any way…

Are Electric Bikes Good for the Environment? A Closer Look
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Are Electric Bikes Good for the Environment? A Closer Look

Electric bikes aren’t a new idea, by any means. The first patent for an electric bicycle dates back more than 100 years, and there’s already a relatively large market for them in Europe. Now, North Americans are starting to make the switch, and within the next three years (2020-2023), experts expect 130 million e-bikes to sell…

Environmental Impact of Electric Car Batteries (Production, Use & Disposal)
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Environmental Impact of Electric Car Batteries (Production, Use & Disposal)

There’s been an ongoing conversation about the true sustainability of electric vehicles (EVs). It’s true that EVs are cleaner on the road than traditional gasoline vehicles, but as with anything, there are tradeoffs.  Many skeptics point to the environmental impact of manufacturing and disposing of battery packs as a reason why EVs aren’t environmentally friendly….

Are Electric Cars Safe in Lightning and Thunderstorms? (Driving & Charging in Storms)
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Are Electric Cars Safe in Lightning and Thunderstorms? (Driving & Charging in Storms)

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about electric cars – mainly because they are fairly new in the market – but nothing is as popular as this one: electric cars are not  safe to drive in lightning and thunderstorms. After all, electricity doesn’t mix well with water, right? Of course, that is a…

Do Electric Cars Need Oil? (And other EV Maintenance Questions)
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Do Electric Cars Need Oil? (And other EV Maintenance Questions)

Do Electric Cars Need Oil? The short answer is no. Electric cars do not need any traditional oil changes that are required for a gasoline car. Electric cars use a completely different drivetrain than their counterparts, and for that reason, you’ll never have to worry about this particular maintenance task.  But that doesn’t mean that…

Are Electric Cars (and Their Batteries) Safe in Collisions?
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Are Electric Cars (and Their Batteries) Safe in Collisions?

You may have seen videos circulating online of electric cars catching fire during accidents. Are these just rare occurrences, or are electric vehicles and their batteries really more dangerous than their gas car counterparts? The short answer is that electric cars are not more dangerous than traditional gas cars. If anything, they’re actually slightly safer….

Do All Electric Cars Use the Same ‘Universal’ Plugs and Chargers?
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Do All Electric Cars Use the Same ‘Universal’ Plugs and Chargers?

The world of EVs is rapidly changing, but I’ve done some research and compiled everything I’ve learned about EV charging into this article, up-to-date for 2020.  So, do all electric cars use the same ‘universal’ plugs and chargers? In short, all electric car brands in North America use the same standard plugs for normal-speed charging…

Can Electric Car Batteries Be Recycled?
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Can Electric Car Batteries Be Recycled?

Modern electric car batteries are massive lithium-ion batteries, which are recyclable. Depending on the recycling process, up to 100% of the lithium in the battery can be preserved. Most of the other battery components – metals like copper and iron – are also easy to recover, regardless of the recycling process. However, by the time…