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California Charts a Course for Clean Air: Can We Get There from Here?

Imagine that 8 out of 10 cars on California roads release no tailpipe emissions, that the telltale exhaust plumes of soot from ships sailing into our ports are no longer visible, and that freight trains run on electricity. These are a few examples of what California air quality regulators, including the Air Resources Board and the air districts of the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast regions, envision in the recently released Vision for Clean Air. Read More

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Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Nearly Triple Over Last Year

At the beginning of every month, automakers report their sales and auto journalists and analysts pore over the data to see what trends there are to see. Many of the stories that result seem to indicate that doom is on the way for plug-in electric vehicles, so I dug into the data to see what big trends there were to uncover. Read More

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California Gives a Boost to Electric Vehicles, Approves $27 Million in Consumer Rebates

Seeing an electric vehicle driving down the street isn’t really a novelty anymore, at least not in the San Francisco Bay Area. I no longer do a double take whenever I spot a Chevy Volt or a Nissan LEAF. Granted, there are far more gas-powered vehicles on the road, but it’s clear that electric vehicles have finally hit the streets. And more and more automakers are offering electric variants for consumers to choose from. Read More

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Why Do You Love your Hybrid or Electric Car?

Love it or hate it, the car culture is a big part of the American identity. People just love talking about their cars, and I get to hear a lot of inspiring car stories because of what I do.  Read More

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Car Companies Embrace a Different Kind of Climate Change, Oil Industry Threatens to Sue

When I think about climate change, the images that come quickly to mind are of melting polar ice caps, heat waves, droughts, and severe flooding. This kind of climate change, or global warming, is one of the biggest problems UCS is trying to help slow and ultimately stop.  Read More

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California’s Electric Car Program a Very Big Step, But Contains Missteps

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) just released all the details of their new advanced clean cars program. It includes policies to cut vehicle smog-forming and particulate pollution, reduce vehicle global warming pollution (in cooperation with federal regulators), guarantee consumer access to clean fuels, and help accelerate the market for electric cars. You can see our big picture take on it here. Read More

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California Renews its Leadership on Zero Emission Vehicles

California announced their intentions to increase the zero emission vehicle standards (ZEV) through 2025 on Wednesday while I was attending the first press day of the LA Auto Show. If adopted, the standards would require automakers to increase the number of plug-in hybrid, battery electric, and fuel cell vehicles they sell, reaching 15 percent of the new vehicle sales by 2025. This is great news for consumers, meaning more clean-vehicle options to choose from over the coming years.  Read More

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Watch your back Nissan. The Leaf is about to get some competition.

I’m heading to the LA Auto Show next week and according to the show’s website, there will be at least seven battery-electric vehicles on display.  In looking over the list of all-electric vehicles (EVs), one thing became clear right away:

The Nissan Leaf is about to get some competition. Read More

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