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California Takes the Next Step Towards Ensuring Cleaner Cars and Trucks

, Senior vehicles engineer

On Thursday, California’s air quality regulator, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), released the first draft of their plan to ensure all new passenger cars and trucks are electric drive by 2035. A key component of CARB’s proposal would ramp up the existing Zero Emission Vehicles requirement on automakers, eventually requiring 100% ZEVs for model year 2035 vehicles. In theory, this means automakers would need to have about 75 percent ZEV sales by 2030. This is about the pace we need to be on to make the large reductions in both climate pollution and air pollution emissions that harm human health. However, there is the potential for automakers to avoid hitting these sales targets and therefore not achieve needed emissions reductions. Read more >

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GM’s current sales strategy is firmly rooted in large gasoline vehicles. Reichmuth/UCS

Press Releases Alone Aren’t Going to Clean Up Cars and Trucks

, Senior vehicles engineer

General Motors recently announced that the company “aspires to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035.” Many in the press were quick to credit GM for this announcement, but it’s important to remember that aspirations are only the first (and easiest) step in any plan. Read more >

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Electric Utilities Can Accelerate Electric Truck and Bus Deployment

, Clean Vehicles Analyst

In my inaugural blog post, I am excited to share a set of recommendations for electric utility investments in electric truck and bus charging programs. Read more >

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

General Motors’ EV Plan May Sound Good, But it’s Bad News for Cars and Drivers. Here’s Why.

, Senior vehicles engineer

General Motors has proposed what it’s calling a “National Zero Emission Vehicle (NZEV) program” that would require automakers to sell a minimum volume of plug-in or fuel cell vehicles in the US. While this may sound like an innovative idea, it could dramatically undercut existing programs in states including California that are showing real leadership in cutting vehicle emissions. The GM proposal calls for a 50-state ZEV sales requirement of “15% credits” by 2025, but that doesn’t mean a 15% sales requirement. In fact, it would be far short of that, at best requiring less than 5 percent ZEV sales in the US by 2025, and potentially much less, while potentially undercutting both state-level electric vehicle requirements and federal greenhouse gas emission standards.

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California Gets one Step Closer to Zero-Emission Transit Buses

, senior vehicles analyst

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently released a draft standard for transitioning the state’s transit buses to zero-emission battery or fuel cell technologies by 2040. This is great news for bus riders, bus drivers, local air quality, and tackling global warming emissions from the transportation sector.

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