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Opinion: Why ‘Starter’ Homes and Cars are Both Disappearing

How lower-income consumers are being priced out of accessible options.

October 23, 2023 - Discourse Magazine

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New York Bill Would Raise Fees on Heavy SUVs

The proposed fee hike would more accurately reflect the increased risk to pedestrians posed by heavier vehicles.

June 26, 2023 - Curbed

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Carzilla: How Huge SUVs and Trucks Hurt Pedestrians and Walkable Communities

Ever wonder where the supersizing of cars is going to end? Kaid Benfield dives deep into the subject and suggests five actions we can take to get to a safer spot in the road.

May 8, 2023 - PlaceShakers

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Study: Taller SUVs Cause More Serious Injuries to Cyclists

On the heels of research showing that SUV design is leading to more pedestrian deaths, another IIHS study shows a higher rate of serious injuries for cyclists hit by taller vehicles.

April 20, 2023 - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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When ‘Zero Emission Vehicles’ Aren’t

The growing popularity of large, heavy SUVS—and the energy needed to produce and operate them—could limit the environmental gains made by electric vehicles.

April 11, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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How Oversized SUVs Are Killing Us and the Environment

A video from Not Just Bikes describes the impacts of increasingly large vehicles on road safety, public health, and the environment.

March 9, 2023 - Jalopnik

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SUVs Are Taking a Toll on the Environment

Even with the growth of electric vehicles, experts say the trend toward larger, heavier vehicles is inherently incompatible with environmental goals.

March 7, 2023 - The New Yorker

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Bigger, More Powerful Cars Cancel Out Improvements in Fuel Efficiency

As carmakers improve the fuel efficiency of some models, many American car buyers are purchasing big trucks and SUVs that still offer low MPGs.

December 20, 2022 - Marketwatch

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Want to Drive a Big Pickup Truck in D.C.? It’s About to Get (Even More) Expensive

D.C. is considering a $500 vehicle license fee for private vehicles over 6,000 pounds.

May 27, 2022 - Bloomberg

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Bigger Vehicles, Blindspots Contributing to More Pedestrian Deaths

A new study links bigger vehicles to a sharp increase in pedestrian deaths over the last decade.

March 18, 2022 - Oregon Live

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Unlike Smaller Cars, 'Megacars' Drove More in 2020

The increase in miles driven by light trucks and other 'megacars' could have contributed to the rise in traffic deaths, despite an overall reduction in VMT.

February 11, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Gas Station SUVs

Electric Vehicle Sales Strong in 2021; SUVs Sales Still Dominate the Market

In December, data showed SUVs on course to account for more than 45% of global car sales in 2021.

January 18, 2022 - IEA

Cadillac Escalade

Study: More SUVs Lead to More Pedestrian Deaths

Larger vehicles are proving deadlier for pedestrians–and are more popular than ever.

August 4, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Climate Change

As Trucks Grow in Size, So Do the Safety Risks

Consumer Reports might be a surprising media outlet for an expose on the dangers of large personal vehicles—the kinds of trucks and SUVs growing in popularity and filling up U.S. roads.

June 14, 2021 - Consumer Reports

Sports Utility Vehicle

For Transportation Justice, Auto Safety Must Protect People Outside the Car

Light trucks are killing more pedestrians than ever while keeping their drivers and passengers safer. Is it time to reframe safety regulations?

June 3, 2021 - Treehugger

Sports Utility Vehicle

The Onion: SUV Drivers Buy Into 'Them Versus Us' Mentality at All Costs

The headline of the latest foray of The Onion into the tragic world of traffic safety: "Conscientious SUV Shopper Just Wants Something That Will Kill Family In Other Car In Case Of Accident".

September 4, 2020 - The Onion

Subcompact Cars

Good Luck Buying a Small, Affordable Car in the United States

Honda recently ended the Fit, a small, affordable subcompact car favored by urban dwellers (like the managing editor of Planetizen). The U.S. car market is now completely dislocated from the reality of the rest of the world.

August 7, 2020 - Vice

Electric Vehicle Charging

Cost of Electric Vehicles Will Soon Rival Gasoline Counterparts

As soon as a few years from now, electric sedans will cost the same as an equivalent gas vehicle. A team at Carnegie Mellon University is researching how long it will take for other types of electric vehicles to catch up.

August 4, 2020 - Inside Climate News

Climate Change

Sunday Funny: The Onion Calls Out the Auto Industry for its Massive SUVs

This is satire for anyone who has noticed, with fear for the planet and pedestrians, the growing size of pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles manufactured and sold in the United States

March 1, 2020 - The Onion

Climate Change

Climate Concerns Largely Absent in Auto Showrooms

A consumer survey found that less than a third of respondents considered carbon emissions or the environment when they last purchased a motor vehicle, yet three-quarters of Americans consider climate change a major problem or crisis.

February 7, 2020 - Streetsblog USA

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