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California EV Survey Results

New Survey Finds Californians Very Interested in Electric Cars

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

California has been the leader in EV sales over the last five years, and a new survey helps explain some of the reasons why. Last month we, along with Consumers Union, commissioned a survey of California and Northeast drivers and the results are in. Read more >

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Why the Northeast is Ready for Electric Vehicles

, lead policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Nearly half of all the electric vehicles (EVs) sold in the US have been sold in California. Is this because only Californians are interested in using EVs to go get tangerines from that guy on the off-ramp over by the 2? Read more >

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California Moves Toward a More Sustainable Freight System

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

Sustainable freight. Almost sounds like an oxymoron, especially to anyone that lives near a truck route, port, or warehouse. How can a system of trains, ships, planes, and trucks designed to move billions of dollars’ worth of goods from factories around the world to your doorstep be “sustainable”?

Despite that challenge, California officials released a draft Sustainable Freight Action Plan—a multi-agency effort resulting from Governor Brown’s Executive order issued last July—aimed at taking steps to transform the freight system to address the challenges of poor air quality and climate change. There’s some good stuff in the plan, but some room for improvement too. Read more >

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Hitting US Climate Targets: Will Electric Trucks Deliver the Goods?

Lewis Fulton and Marshall Miller, , UCS

It was exciting to be part of the discussion in Paris this past December when countries came together to make a renewed commitment to limit climate warming to two degrees or less, with each country committing to what it felt it can deliver. The United States, for its part, has committed to cutting CO2 by 26-28% by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels).

This should be achievable, but there’s one sector in the U.S. that is increasing its CO2 emissions at a rapid pace—trucking. Read more >

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Here are the Top 5 New Clean Cars for 2017

, lead policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

In the market for a new car that can save you money on fuel and cut your emissions? Here are some of the top clean cars scheduled to hit showrooms in 2017. Read more >

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