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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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Chevy Bolt featured in the 2016 LA Autoshow. Photo: Dave Reichmuth

Will Automakers Walk the Talk on EVs? Four Things to Look for at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

I’ll be attending this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show to check out the latest and greatest in vehicle technology. While the flashy presentations of the automakers will certainly grab attention, I’ll be looking for EVs and fuel efficiency technologies. Read more >

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Battery Pack for BMW-i3 Electric Vehicle (at Munich Trade-Show Electronica). Photo: RudolfSimon CC-BY-2.0 (Wikimedia)

Electric Vehicles, Batteries, Cobalt, and Rare Earth Metals 

, senior policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

The case for switching to electric vehicles (EVs) is nearly settled. They are cheaper to use, cut emissions, and offer a whisper quiet ride. One of the last arguments available to the EV-hater club, which is largely comprised of thinly veiled oil-industry front groups funded by the Koch brothers, focuses on the impacts from the materials used to make an EV’s battery pack.

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Why Are So Many Car Companies Making Big EV Announcements?

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

If you’ve been reading the news lately you might have noticed a trend in the automotive news: major car brands are announcing their transition plans to go electric. Why is this happening now and what does it mean for the industry and the environment? Read more >

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Electric vehicle charging stations line the perimeter of San Francisco's City Hall. Photo: Bigstock.

Why Going 100% Electric in California Isn’t as Crazy as it Might Seem

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

California’s top air pollution regulator, Mary Nichols, made headlines last week after making comments to a Bloomberg reporter about the possibility of banning gasoline cars in California.  Shortly after that, California Assembly member Phil Ting announced he would introduce state legislation to do just that. Read more >

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