Let California lead on clean cars

When Congress passed the Clean Air Act, it specifically recognized California’s right to protect its citizens with stronger standards on clean cars and trucks than federal ones. Today, 13 states plus Washington D.C. – which together represent more than one-third of the new car market and 113 million Americans – have embraced California’s clean cars standards. Now, that right is being threatened. A congressional hearing last week focused on creating a single national standard for vehicle emissions and fuel economy.

Sacramento Bee / 12.18.2017

In Cities Across the Country, Driving Electric Is Cheaper Than Gasoline

It’s much cheaper to charge a car than fill it with gasoline, according to the study “Going from Pump to Plug: Adding up the Savings from Electric Vehicles,” released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today. The analysis compared electricity rates and gasoline prices in 57 cities around the country. The study shows that electric vehicle (EV) drivers could save from $440 to more than $1,070 a year compared to the cost of fueling the average new gasoline-powered vehicle.

Union of Concerned Scientists / 11.28.2017

If California insists on keeping its car culture alive, it needs to do so without fossil fuels

Is it possible to imagine a world without carbon-spewing gasoline-powered cars and trucks? A growing number of countries around the world are doing just that, phasing out the sale of such vehicles over the next few decades. Meanwhile, some automakers have announced plans to shift their lineups exclusively to hybrid or electric vehicles. California should join the effort and move toward banning sales of new carbon-emitting vehicles as soon as is practical. And maybe even a little sooner.

Los Angeles Times / 11.01.2017

Former EPA administrator: Don’t reverse clean car standards

Everyone’s talking about the Trump administration’s plan to repeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. They should be. However, another alarming rollback and important anniversary are speeding by unnoticed.  Oct. 15th was the 5th anniversary of the U.S. clean car standards. They’re cutting tailpipe pollution, boosting fuel efficiency in cars, saving families at the pump and helping combat the climate change that is making extreme weather like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria more destructive.

The Hill / 10.24.2017

Automakers shouldn’t fight emissions standards

G.M., Ford and other automakers agreed to these standards in 2010, but now industry allies in Congress have introduced legislation that would weaken them, and the Trump administration has "reopened" these standards for review, an ominous first step to potentially gutting them and stalling progress on cleaner cars and a healthier environment.

New York Times / 10.23.2017

China Hastens the World Toward an Electric-Car Future

There is a powerful reason that automakers worldwide are speeding up their efforts to develop electric vehicles — and that reason is China. Propelled by vast amounts of government money and visions of dominating next-generation technologies, China has become the world’s biggest supporter of electric cars. That is forcing automakers from Detroit to Yokohama and Seoul to Stuttgart to pick up the pace of transformation or risk being left behind in the world’s largest car market.

New York Times / 10.10.2017

California steps up fight against Trump over clean car standards

Thinking of buying a new car in a few years? California officials threw their latest punch Friday in an escalating war with President Donald Trump over how much carbon it will spew and how many miles it will get to the gallon. State officials filed a strongly worded declaration challenging the Trump administration's efforts to roll back greenhouse-gas and mileage standards that were imposed during the Obama presidency.

Sacramento Bee / 10.09.2017

Western states to roll out EV highway initiative

A handful of governors from western U.S. states roll out plans Wednesday to expand access for electric vehicles along their highways, Colorado's governor said. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will host governors from western states to unveil plans his office said would add a layer of confidence for those traveling across the region in alternative vehicles.

UPI / 10.04.2017