A Guide to Electric Vehicle Technology

Our "Model E" designs demonstrate the technology behind — and benefits of — a wide variety of electric vehicles.

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The future is starting now for electric vehicles.

Ford’s Model T revolutionized the automobile industry 100 years ago, and now UCS engineers have created a whole new line of vehicle designs — The Model E — that offer an inside look at how advanced electrified vehicle technologies fit into our transportation future.

These electric-drive vehicles — battery, fuel cell, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid electric cars — could dramatically cut smog-forming pollution, reduce U.S. global warming pollution 80 percent or more, and effectively end our oil addiction by 2050. 

The goal of our Model E designs is to demonstrate the viability of varying electric vehicle technologies, giving an honest assessment of their potential, pitfalls, and real-world performance.

Learn more about the UCS Clean Vehicles Program.

The Union of Concerned Scientists employs researchers and analysts to explore, understand, and promote clean vehicle technology.

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