California ARB to award up to $10M for zero- and near-zero emission school buses

A new program funded by proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade program aims to encourage the turnover of California’s school bus fleet to zero-emission and cleaner-burning school buses. The program, known as The Rural School Bus Pilot Project, is a partnership between the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and the California Air Resources Board. […]

Three converted Prius Plug-In Hybrids charging at San Francisco City Hall

62% Of Auto Execs Think EVs Will Fail Due To Infrastructure Challenges, KPMG Survey Finds

by James Ayre, Clean Technica A recent survey of 1,000 of the top automotive industry execs around the world taken as part of the 2017 KPMG Global Automotive Executive Study has revealed a number of very interesting new data points. One of which is the fact that 76% of those surveyed apparently agree that one […]

California Aims to Plug In Almost Everything That Moves

by Max Baumhefner, NRDC The state’s largest investor-owned utilities are proposing to make over $1 billion in new investments to “accelerate widespread transportation electrification,” focusing on “light-duty” electric vehicles, as well as bigger, heavier, “medium and heavy-duty” vehicles, in a big way. Electrifying trucks, buses, port equipment, forklifts, and the other vehicles that move people […]

It’s Time We Start Talking About Big Electrics

by Chris Denny Brown, the Energy Collective For years we have heard about the coming electric car revolution. In fact, there is a strong argument that beyond their actual cars, the other major contribution of Tesla has been to get people talking excitedly about electric cars, bringing massive attention to the market. One should not […]

Patrick Picard

Three Days, Three Neighbors, Three New Leafs

For Richard Senghas and Tina Poles, “Standing Rock was the last straw.”  Buying a Nissan Leaf through the Sonoma Clean Power Drive EverGreen program is “taking their next significant step towards weaning ourselves off fossil fuels,” Richard posted on Facebook.  Since they are EverGreen customers, he points out that the energy for the car is […]

Student commute programs cut emissions significantly

World wide transportation accounts for only 13 percent of our carbon footprint 1.  However, in the Bay Area transportation is biggest GHG contributor, 2 and here in semi-rural Sonoma County, transportation accounts for more than half of our greenhouse gas emissions 3.  We drive a lot. So what can we do about it? The Sonoma County Transit Authority […]

Excellence in Transportation Award

Caltrans recently recognized the Bay Area’s Spare the Air Youth Program with an Excellence in Transportation Award in the Public Awareness Campaigns category. Only 13 projects received awards out of nearly 100 entries for this year’s program – from within Caltrans, public agencies, private contractors, and consultants across the state. Spare the Air Youth coordinates […]

Around the world in an electric vehicle

Sonoma County resident Alan Soule recently completed a circumnavigation of the globe, driving the entire route in his electric car. Driving from Barcelona westward, Mr. Soule crossed 20 countries and covered almost 16,000 miles without consuming a single drop of gasoline. Mr. Soule represented our nation as Team USA, participating in the 80-eDays challenge, in […]

Tips from a teen on riding the bus

As an 18-year-old who would like to keep my carbon footprint as low as possible, I have almost no interest in driving. Last year, I was living in Brazil as a Rotary exchange student. I used public transportation to get everywhere I needed or wanted to go. Upon returning to the U.S. for my senior year of high […]

Range Anxiety: Substance or Sasquatch?

anx·i·e·ty/aNGˈzīədē/  a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome We all feel anxious from time to time. The lexicon of anxiousness is ingrained in our culture. We worry, we fret, we kvell. If you are considering getting an electric car, you may have been told […]