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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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The Tesla Model 3: What It Means for the Electric Car Industry

, lead policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

There have been lines for the Model 3 across the U.S. and around the world. I think even Tesla CEO Elon Musk was surprised at this initial level of enthusiasm. Read more >

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California Zooms Past 200,000 Electric Cars

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

Electric vehicles hit another milestone in California last month. We can’t know for sure, but over Presidents Day weekend the 200,000th EV was likely sold in the state, meaning California is on its way to hitting the state’s goal of 1 .5 million electric drive cars and trucks on the road by 2025. Read more >

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