Opinion: California should phase out gas-powered vehicles

by Dan Kalb and Susan Stephenson, Mercury News With the Trump Administration working to weaken automobile efficiency and pollution standards, policymakers in Sacramento and in cities up and down our state need to boost our collective leadership in the fight against climate change. An enforceable policy to mandate zero-emission cars would create an ambitious pathway […]

McKerracher: How city policies are reshaping auto markets

by Colin McKerracher, Bloomberg NEF Automakers are facing a new challenge that’s cropping up from Beijing to Brussels: city regulations pushing them towards cleaner vehicles even faster than national policy goals. In the past, it was all much simpler. Automakers had to juggle various national and regional policy frameworks – fleetwide CO2 targets in Europe […]

Charging ahead with EV charging

Doron Amiran works on electric vehicle adoption policies and programs for the Center for Climate Protection. In this month of July, as we reflect back on America’s history, we remember Paul Revere’s cry, “The British are coming!” Current times merit new warnings, only this time, there’s good news: The electric cars are coming.  Almost half […]

The rising energy storage revolution – car companies diving into stationary storage

by Charles Morris, EVANNEX Electric vehicles are part of a sustainable energy/transportation ecosystem that also includes charging infrastructure, smart grid technology, and renewable energy. The key that ties all of these components together is energy storage. Storage, specifically batteries, is the enabling technology that makes modern EVs possible, and that makes renewable energy viable. Battery […]

Electric vehicles are gaining momentum, despite Trump

by David Roberts, VOX The transportation sector today emits more carbon than any other sector of the US economy. And it is shaping up to be the next big battle in the long fight to decarbonize. On one side of that battle: the Trump administration, a few US automakers, and Koch Industries, who would like […]

Italy wants to put a million electric cars on the road. Price: $10 billion

by Tommaso Ebhardt and Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg The populist government in Italy, Europe’s most sluggish market for electric cars, has a big-bang plan to put 1 million of the vehicles on the nation’s roads. Getting anywhere near that target could cost the state $10 billion in incentives. As coalition partners the League and the Five […]

Defying Trump, 9 states roll out plan to boost EVs

by Govoners’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition Nine states yesterday released a bipartisan action plan for boosting deployment of zero-emission vehicles, in a rebuke to President Trump as his administration moves to weaken federal clean car rules. The 36-page plan offers 80 recommendations to states, automakers, dealerships, utilities, and charging and fueling companies. Chief among […]

California regulators approve landmark utility ev-charging proposals

by Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media The California Public Utilities Commission gave the go-ahead Thursday to wide-ranging proposals from the state’s large investor-owned utilities to expand electric vehicle infrastructure and rebate programs with a total budget of more than $750 million. The approved plans mark the state’s largest investment in electrification to date and build […]

Electric vehicle startup Rivian gets $200 million in funding to recharge shuttered Normal plant

by Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune Startup Rivian Automotive has secured a $200 million loan to begin producing electric vehicles at the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Ill., by 2020. While the Michigan-based company has yet to unveil a single vehicle design, the central Illinois city of Normal may have a lot riding on Rivian’s success, […]

One in five Americans says next car will be electric

by Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY More Americans are becoming charged up about electric cars. A new AAA survey finds 20% of Americans say their next vehicle will be an electric car. That’s up from 15% in 2017, the first time that AAA asked the question. It’s particularly good news for Tesla as the company ramps […]