Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few

by Tom Krisher, AP News DETROIT (AP) — Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren’t even ready for production. Meanwhile, there will be plenty of SUVs […]

California lawmaker introduces revised bill to gradually ban gas cars

The Center for Climate Protection is part of a coalition of California’s major climate and energy organizations advocating for legislation to transition away from fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. The bill’s author, Assemblymember Ting, in conjunction with the coalition, is taking a new approach with his proposed bill to transforming California’s vehicle fleet, including planning for the infrastructure […]

Santa Rosa City Council moves toward innovative “electric-ready” building ordinance

by Mike Turgeon, Center for Climate Protection Climate Action Fellow In a marathon study session on Tuesday, October 23rd, the Santa Rosa City Council, at the urging of the Friends of the Climate Action Plan (FoCAP), received a long-overdue update on the progress of the 2012 Municipal and Community Climate Action Plans.  The Climate Action Plan […]

Santa Rosa to receive ‘Electrify America’ investments in vehicle charging stations

by Will Carruthers, Sonoma County Gazette Santa Rosa will be one of nine California cities to see the silver lining of a car company’s foiled effort to skirt environmental regulations. Electrify America announced this week that Santa Rosa was picked as the beneficiaries the company’s latest round of investments in electric vehicle charging stations and […]

Hope for California’s waiver? The Trump Administration flunked its math homework

by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic One of the White House’s most consequential environmental rollbacks may be in self-inflicted legal danger. In trying to freeze gas-mileage rules for new cars and trucks, Trump officials have hit an unusually damaging snag: They seem to have messed up their math homework. The Trump administration’s official case for repealing […]

GM, Honda uneasy about Trump plan to dump fuel-economy rules

by Ryan Beene and John Lippert, Bloomberg Two of the biggest automakers and California officials are pushing back on the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of U.S. fuel economy standards. In filings due Friday, General Motors Co. plans to propose that instead of opposing California’s so-called zero emission vehicle sales mandate, federal regulators should instead embrace […]

One of the fast charging stations along the way

Taking my Leaf to the pines – with a robust network of chargers

When I leased my 2017 Nissan Leaf, I figured that for longer trips, I would rent a car and would still come out ahead in terms of money because of the good deal I got on the Leaf and the fact that I don’t take many long trips (several new EV models have longer range). […]

Denmark embraces electric, moves to ban diesel & gas

by Mark Kane, Inside EVs Denmark’s government surprises with a bold announcement to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, which would be quicker than some other countries (UK and France hints at a 2040 deadline). But that’s not the whole story. Denmark would like to get rid of hybrid cars and is […]

For now, at least, the world isn’t making enough batteries

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Evidence of the battery-powered era is all around us. Electric vehicles are cruising down our freeways. Household appliances thrum with stored solar energy that was until recently a daytime-only power source. Governments from California to China and South Korea—even Donald Trump’s Washington—have taken steps that will make battery power more ubiquitous. […]

Destiny Rodriguez at the SAFE hearing in Fresno, Sept. 2018

Testifying in Fresno at the public hearing on watering down vehicle emissions standards

I woke Monday morning feeling poorly. My nose was stuffed, my eyes irritated and runny, my chest in pain. These are the effects of residual unhealthy air quality from the last week. Despite the fact most of the larger fires have been contained in the surrounding area, the heat from the Valley bakes the already […]