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Governor Brown Aims to Boost California’s Leadership on Electric Cars

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

California has long been seen a leader on EVs of all kinds – plug-in hybrids, battery electric and fuel cell vehicles. The state established the first requirements for zero emission vehicles in 1990 and has been pushing the industry forward ever since. Governor Brown’s executive order last week gives another jolt to EV deployment in the state with a call for $2.5 billion in investments in infrastructure and consumer incentives over the next 8 years with the aim of reaching 5 million zero emissions vehicles by 2030 and the build out of 250,000 charging stations and 200 hydrogen refueling stations by 2025. Read more >

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Leadership from California mayors on climate change, air quality, and public transit

, vehicles analyst

What do the Super Bowl, national parks, and California mayors have in common? If you guessed electric buses, you’re right. Electric buses offer significant benefits for air quality and climate change compared to diesel and natural gas buses. And the impacts of pollution from heavy-duty combustion vehicles are large, despite these vehicles making up a small fraction of vehicles on the road. This is one reason so many cities across the country are beginning to adopt zero-emission buses. Read more >

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Latest EPA Automaker Reports Show Compliance with and Success of Standards

, senior vehicles analyst

EPA released its annual reports on new passenger vehicles. One report highlights the historical trend in fuel economy for cars and trucks over time, while the other report discusses the progress of manufacturers towards meeting global warming emissions regulations now under attack by industry and this administration. Taken together, the key findings from both reports are clear:  1) every type of vehicle is getting more efficient, driven by strong standards, and that’s great news for consumers; 2) despite a meager overall improvement in fuel economy, manufacturers continue to comply with the standards; and 3) there’s still a huge opportunity for future fuel economy improvements, as manufacturers continue to bring newly redesigned vehicles to market. Read more >

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A Billion Dollar Policy for Electric Vehicles that you Probably Haven’t Heard Of

, vehicles analyst

Two years ago, California passed Senate Bill 350, requiring 50 percent of electricity to come from renewable energy by 2030. This was big news. Hawaii had just passed a similar bill requiring 40 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045. The so-called “SB 350 transportation electrification” plans are currently being reviewed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and I’ve been representing UCS in this public process. Here’s a snapshot of the process. Read more >

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Vehicle pollution is a major issue for human health and the environment.

Automakers’ Long List of Fights Against Progress, and Why We Must Demand Better

, senior vehicles analyst

Today, we are releasing a report documenting the long, sordid past of the auto industry, who has fought regulation tooth and nail at every turn. From pollution control to seatbelts and air bags to fuel economy, the industry has spent the vast majority of the past 7 decades doing whatever it can to wriggle out of government regulations, at the expense of the American public. Read more >

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