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Will California Pioneer A World Beyond Cars This Century?

Will California Pioneer A World Beyond Cars This Century?

It's almost inconceivable, the idea of a world without personally-owned automobiles. But that's the startling vision proposed by noted researcher Tom Turrentine and colleagues, in a recent paper published online in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, entitled "California: Beyond cars?" (PDF)... read more

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Green vehicles parked across from Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

California Puts Its Electric-Car Owner Survey Info Online

Plug-in electric cars are driving silently off showroom floors in growing numbers--but who is buying them, and why? Data on electric-car owners can provide valuable insight... read more June 24, 2014 by 


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at Hyundai headquarters, Fountain Valley, CA

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell To Earn CA Credits, Not Profits

Last week, the very first 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell hydrogen-powered vehicle was delivered to lessee Timothy Bush in Southern California. The event was widely covered, as... read more June 19, 2014 by 


 
Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk

Tesla Model S Battery Swapping: Will It Ever Actually Arrive?

Exactly a year ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk presided over a flashy demonstration in which the battery pack of a Tesla Model S electric car was apparently swapped from... read more June 17, 2014 by 


 
1970s Los Angeles smog depicted in the Honda short film "Never Ending Race."

What Are The 10 Most Polluted U.S. Cities?

California may be a haven for plug-in electric cars, but it's also home to many of the most-polluted cities in the U.S. Of the 10 most polluted U.S. cities in the American... read more May 1, 2014 by 


 
Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk

California Hands Loss To Tesla In Proposed ZEV Credit Changes

It was one of the thorniest issues facing the powerful California Air Resource Board: Did the ability to swap electric-car battery packs qualify for "fast fueling" incentives... read more April 9, 2014 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

CA Electric-Car Incentive Update: Funds Run Out, Green Stickers Gone

Access to carpool lanes on California's legendarily crowded freeways is a big perk. So is getting a check in the mail that cuts the purchase cost. These incentives were... read more April 4, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 hits the race track

2014 BMW i3 Gets CA Carpool-Lane Access: Battery Only, So Far

As expected, the 2014 BMW i3 electric car has been awarded its "white sticker," the coveted permission to drive in High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes with only one occupant on... read more February 24, 2014 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

Next Toyota Prius Plug-In To Have 10 Miles Of Electric Range: Here's Why

You never know what you may find if you read through public comments on government proposals. That's how we found a broad hint that the next version of the Toyota Prius... read more November 10, 2013 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Why California Set Range Requirements, Engine Limits

The 2014 BMW i3 electric car, which we drove last week, is generating intense interest among both plug-in proponents and BMW fans. Among other things, it's the first car in... read more October 23, 2013 by 


 
2013 Ford Focus Electric

Do Nissan, Tesla Sales Mean Other Makers Don't Need Electric Cars?

You can break down car companies into three groups, depending on their electric-car activities. The leaders are Nissan, General Motors, BMW, and upstart Tesla, all of whom... read more September 3, 2013 by 


 
Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

Why Tesla Launched Battery Swapping; Is It Now In Danger?

Tesla Motors has surprised a lot of skeptics in its decade of existence. But last month's announcement of battery swapping for Model S cars traveling long distances deserves... read more July 16, 2013 by  27


 
Electric cars at charging stations and Tesla SuperCharger stations in Gilroy, CA [photo: Jack Brown]

Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

As gasoline prices go up, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? Here's your chance to enter a veritable... read more June 25, 2013 by  24


 
Mary Nichols, chief, California Air Resources Board

CA Air Board Head To Carmakers On ZEV Rules: Back Off, Boys

California is the largest single market for new vehicles in the United States: more than 1.5 million vehicles are sold each year. So when state officials speak, the auto... read more April 18, 2013 by  8


 
2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

CA Drivers Want Carpool-Lane Access, Honda Gives It To Them (But There's A Catch)

Say "carpool lane" or "HOV Access" or "white sticker" or "green sticker," and most California commuters will begin to drool uncontrollably. The ability to drive in relatively... read more March 21, 2013 by  9


 
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

CA Will Stay The Course On Electric-Car Sales Requirements

Unless you follow green cars fairly closely--or perhaps live in California--you may not know that the Golden State now requires the sale of certain number of battery electric... read more January 31, 2013 by  11


 
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