New York Times: "We May Not Be Ready for an All-EV World"
A well-read opinion column about the role of hybrid vehicles in a decarbonizing transportation sector includes insights from RFF Fellow Nafisa Lohawala.
For another perspective, I exchanged emails with Nafisa Lohawala, a PhD economist who is a fellow at Resources for the Future, a think tank. She focused on the benefits of plug-in hybrids, which use less metal than all-electric EVs but more than non-pluggable hybrids. “From consumers’ perspective,” she wrote, “having a gasoline backup helps alleviate range anxiety, allowing them to adopt plug-in hybrids even when the charging network around them is sparse. Moreover, given their lower price, middle- and low-income communities would also find adopting them easier than battery electric vehicles.”
Lohawala wrote that if drivers recharge their plug-in hybrids frequently, they’ll be able to run on battery power almost all the time and emissions will be almost as low as with an all-electric EV. That will tend to happen as more charging stations with faster chargers are installed. “As long as the battery ranges of plug-in hybrids are reasonably long and the electricity prices are low, consumers would voluntarily charge them rather than relying on gasoline,” she wrote. (That would only work for short trips, though.)
In Focus — Nov 21, 2023
In Focus: Sustainable Aviation
This video shares insights about technologies and alternative fuels that can help reduce emissions from aviation, with RFF Fellow Nafisa Lohawala.
Policy Leadership Series — Nov 29, 2023
Electrifying Transportation: A Policy Leadership Series Event with Cathy Zoi
A conversation with former EVgo CEO and Director Cathy Zoi on the ways to electrify the transportation sector.
Media Highlight — Oct 3, 2023
PBS: “Electric Cars—Pros and Cons”
Fellow Beia Spiller, who directs RFF's Transportation Program, discusses the benefits and costs of widespread EV adoption in two episodes of the series “Energy Switch.”
Report — Sep 13, 2023
Prioritizing Justice in New York State Climate Policy: Cleaner Air for Disadvantaged Communities?
This report, produced in partnership with the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, examines air quality improvements in two options for implementing New York State's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.