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California Bill Aims to Accelerate Number of Electric Vehicles

California Bill Aims to Accelerate Number of Electric Vehicles

Transportation: | Photo: Melissa Hincha-Ownby/Flickr/Creative Commons License One million electric vehicles in 10 years is the goal of a new bill introduced in Sacramento. The "Charge Ahead California" bill is geared toward improving air quality, especially in low-income communities most...
Dad and Daughter Make First Cross-Country Tesla Road Trip

Dad and Daughter Make First Cross-Country Tesla Road Trip

Transportation: In another blow to so-called "range anxiety" keeping electric cars from entering the mainstream, a pair of Tesla drivers have made the first-ever cross-country drive using only the luxury electric car's supercharger stations to "refuel."
1 Million Electric Vehicles in California? A Look at the State of the State

1 Million Electric Vehicles in California? A Look at the State of the State

Transportation: Transportation accounted for 37.6 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions in 2011, making our cars, trucks, SUVs, and semis the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state
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There Was More Wrong With This Gizmodo Story Than its Headline

There Was More Wrong With This Gizmodo Story Than its Headline

Transportation: Gizmodo may have backed off on seeming to find merit in a cartop perpetual motion machine, but there are still some problems with the claims that remain in the piece. Attaching a wind turbine to your vehicle and expecting to gain any energy at all, other than when it's parked facing the wind, still violates the laws of physics.
New Mobile App Helps Drivers Find Alt Fuel, Electric Charging Stations

New Mobile App Helps Drivers Find Alt Fuel, Electric Charging Stations

Transportation: Considering a non-gasoline ride but nervous about finding places to top off your chosen "fuel"? We realize this is a dated catchphrase, but there's an app for that.
Car Chargers Arrive at 2 State Parks in Southern California

Car Chargers Arrive at 2 State Parks in Southern California

Transportation: Heading to Leo Carrillo State Beach to catch a few waves? Now your electric car can do the same. Electric vehicles parked at Leo Carrillo, and at Malibu Creek State Park farther uphill, can catch some alternating current electrical wave action from newly installed electric car chargers unveiled Thursday by California State Parks.
350,000 Electric Cars in SoCal by 2020? SoCal Edison is Getting Ready

350,000 Electric Cars in SoCal by 2020? SoCal Edison is Getting Ready

Transportation: A new whitepaper from Southern California's largest utility describes how the company's preparing for our electric car future
L.A. Expands Electric Car Charger Program

L.A. Expands Electric Car Charger Program

Transportation: An effort by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) to promote customer installations of chargers for electric cars was so successful that the utility is expanding it. DWP will be offering rebates up to $750 for residents and businesses in its service area who install fast charging stations.
A Fully-Charged Electric Car In 93 Seconds?

A Fully-Charged Electric Car In 93 Seconds?

Transportation: If this works out in the real world, say goodbye to electric car "range anxiety." At an event in Hawthorne on Thursday night, Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk demonstrated a way his company's Model S electric cars can be "recharged" in less than half the time it takes to fill a 25-gallon gas tank.
California's Electric Cars Fill Their 'Tanks' For Half Price

California's Electric Cars Fill Their 'Tanks' For Half Price

Transportation: If you're like most people considering an electric car, you might have found it hard to estimate what it'll cost to drive the thing. But now the Department of Energy has made that comparison a little easier.
L.A. Air Pollution on the Decline, Less Hurtful to Eyes

L.A. Air Pollution on the Decline, Less Hurtful to Eyes

Transportation: Cars and trucks are still the largest source of air pollution, but regulations have changed that smog's chemistry. The air doesn't make us cry as often as it used to.
Tesla To Unveil Coast-to-Coast Charging Stations This Year

Tesla To Unveil Coast-to-Coast Charging Stations This Year

Transportation: Tesla Motors announces that it will triple its available public charging stations by the end of June, with a coast-to-coast network in place by the end of the year.
Northern California's First Battery Buses Rolling Out

Northern California's First Battery Buses Rolling Out

Transportation: The first battery-powered electric buses in the north part of the state are rolling out in Stockton.
L.A. Car Charging Firm Being Investigated by FBI Acquired

L.A. Car Charging Firm Being Investigated by FBI Acquired

Transportation: A Los Angeles-based company that builds charging stations for electric cars has been sold, making its new owner the largest electric car charging station network in the U.S.
Troubled Electric Car Maker in Hot Seat in Congress

Troubled Electric Car Maker in Hot Seat in Congress

Transportation: Fisker Automotive is testifying before a congressional committee to answer questions about that loan, which Republicans are calling "Solyndra on Wheels."
$17 Million Granted For Clean Vehicles

$17 Million Granted For Clean Vehicles

Transportation: The California Energy Commission has awarded $17,223,593 in grants intended to promote cleaner-fueled vehicles in the state of California.
Metro Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Train Stops

Metro Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Train Stops

Transportation: As a pilot project, they are installing four electric vehicle charging stations at five Park-and-Ride facilities starting in mid-January.
Bankrupt Electric Car Battery Maker Sold to Chinese Firm

Bankrupt Electric Car Battery Maker Sold to Chinese Firm

Transportation: A manufacturer of a crucial component of electric cars gets carved up and sold off at auction.
West Hollywood To Get Better Electric Car Chargers

West Hollywood To Get Better Electric Car Chargers

Transportation: West Hollywood is upgrading its existing electric car charging stations.
More Electric Car Charging Stations Coming to California

More Electric Car Charging Stations Coming to California

Transportation: It might be a bit easier to charge your plug-in electric car in California before long, thanks to $341,045 in grants from the California Energy Commission to increase the number of charging stations statewide.
High-End Electric Car Firm Unveils Free, Solar Fast-Charging

High-End Electric Car Firm Unveils Free, Solar Fast-Charging

Transportation: You'll be able to fast-charge your Tesla Model S for free, for life, using solar electricity, at any of the network of Supercharger stations the company is building across the country. If, that is, you ever get your hands on one of the cars.
Bill Bars Corn Ethanol From State Alt Fuels Program

Bill Bars Corn Ethanol From State Alt Fuels Program

Transportation: The Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and some of California's most conservative farming businesses teamed up to support the state's recent ethanol ban.
S.F. Bay Area Nation's Fourth-Most Electric Vehicle-Ready 'City'

S.F. Bay Area Nation's Fourth-Most Electric Vehicle-Ready 'City'

Transportation: On this list of the U.S.'s 10 most EV-friendly cities, only one California metro area shows up -- and Texas and Tennessee have it beat.
White House Proposes Tough New Fuel Economy Rules

White House Proposes Tough New Fuel Economy Rules

Transportation: The White House announces tough new mileage standards for passenger cars and trucks, and it may mean a brighter future for solar electricity.
Reports Analyze Electric Vehicle Charging in Los Angeles

Reports Analyze Electric Vehicle Charging in Los Angeles

Transportation: A set of reports by UCLA's Luskin Center tackle how we can make it easier to charge electric cars in Los Angeles.
New Electric Car Fast-Charge Site in Downtown L.A.

New Electric Car Fast-Charge Site in Downtown L.A.

Transportation: You can now charge your electric car in half an hour in Downtown L.A., but you may want to make a reservation.
Marine Exchange of Southern California Goes Renewable

Marine Exchange of Southern California Goes Renewable

Transportation: When container ships and tankers enter Southern California waters, the people responsible for making sure they don't bump into each other or run aground won't be burning fossil fuels to do so.
Calico Solar Project Application Slammed By Railroad

Calico Solar Project Application Slammed By Railroad

Solar: A developer's attempt to win routine approval for a major redesign of a desert solar project just got hit by a freight train.
Renewable Fuel Standard: Another Hot Button Election Issue?

Renewable Fuel Standard: Another Hot Button Election Issue?

Transportation: The fight over renewable electrical power policy is spreading to the issue of renewable fuels for transportation as well.