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Ford Focus Electric A Compliance Car? Ford Swears It's Not

Ford Focus Electric A Compliance Car? Ford Swears It's Not

There are two kinds of electric cars on sale in the U.S. these days. The first kind--the ones you should pay attention to--are the volume electric cars. Their makers want to sell as many as they can. The second kind are the "compliance cars," built solely to meet California regulations that require... read more

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Tesla Roadster final assembly, Menlo Park, California, April 2009

How To Make Money On Electric Cars: Sell Green Credits (To Other Carmakers)

Most brand-new auto technologies are, at best, a breakeven proposition in their early years. Toyota is thought to have lost money on every Prius hybrid it sold for several... read more June 4, 2012 by  6


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In To Join Chevy Volt In CA HOV Lanes

California's high-occupancy vehicle lanes, which emptied out last July as 85,000 hybrids lost their access, are about to start admitting more cars. This week, Chevy dealers... read more February 28, 2012 by  3


 
2012 Chevrolet Volt

HOV-Lane Eligible Chevy Volts On Sale In California Next Week

Earlier today,General Motors confirmed that it has restarted production of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt at its Detroit Hamtramck facility. In addition, the automaker has confirmed... read more February 24, 2012 by  2


 
Arizona

Arizona Dumps Stricter CA Emissions Standards Over Electric-Car Rules

California has always led the nation in mandating reduction of tailpipe emissions and development of low- and zero-emission vehicles. For several years now, states have had... read more January 12, 2012 by  10


 
Smog in New York City

A Brief History Of Smog, Which Led To Electric Cars: Recommended Reading

Daniel Yergin is one of those authors who writes major works. His Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize is nothing less than the definitive history of the rise of the petroleum... read more December 19, 2011 by  2


 
Light-duty vehicle type scenario, now-2050 (California Air Resources Board)

CA To Require Zero-Emission Vehicles On Top Of Gas-Mileage Rules

The NHTSA and EPA are closing in on their final rules for 2017-2025 corporate average fuel economy regulations, but there's a wild card in the pack. California, which has the... read more December 8, 2011 by  10


 
First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee

Breathe Easy, Californians: Electric-Car Rebates Survive, Cut To $2,500

It came down to the wire, but in the end, California's program of purchase rebates for buyers of qualifying plug-in electric cars has survived the state's grim budget crisis... read more July 25, 2011 by 


 
First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee

Will CA Still Have Electric Car Rebates? Today Is Judgement Day

As we reported back in December last year and again last month, California’s $4.1 million Clean Vehicle Rebate Project has now run out of money. If you’re one of... read more July 21, 2011 by 


 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama

White House, Feds To Push For 56.2-MPG Fuel Economy In 2025

The two Federal agencies that set gas mileage and emissions standards for future cars may propose rules that require corporate average fuel economy to reach 56 miles per... read more June 28, 2011 by  3


 
Sample used-car window sticker showing gas mileage, for a 2000 Honda Insight

Feds To Mandate Up To 62 MPG By 2025; What Does It Mean For You?

Two days ago, the NHTSA said that it would require annual gas-mileage improvements of somewhere between 2 and 7 percent each year between 2017 and 2025. Corporate average... read more May 12, 2011 by  28


 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama

California, EPA, DoT Make Nice On Timing Of Higher MPG Rules

Three government agencies agree to "coordinate" their actions and announce "a single timeframe" for proposing new rules. This signals "continued collaboration" among the... read more January 25, 2011 by  1


 
The Canton Paper Mill, by Flickr user alex_ford

On Heels of SF Giants Win, CA Prop 23 Notches Another Victory Over Texas

Proposition 23 was defeated last night, putting an end to a much ballyhooed piece of cleantech-stopping legislation that was also causing some qualms in the venture capital... read more November 3, 2010 by 


 
Traffic

Car-Crazy CA No More: Air Resources Board Wants to Cut Miles Traveled

Think California is the land of fast-flowing freeways and drop-top driving under the endless sun? Think again. The California Air Resources Board is now writing rules to... read more October 4, 2010 by  12


 
Prototype Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid being recharged at curbside station

California Wants 1 Million Electric Cars On Its Road By 2020

During his 2008 campaign for president, Barack Obama famously said that he wanted one million plug-in cars on U.S. roads by 2015. That's a goal that many experts continue to... read more September 22, 2010 by  4


 
ballot box

Oil-Backed Prop. 23 Could Suspend CA Emissions Reductions, Hurt Green Startups

Come November, California voters could have a major impact on the state’s environment. The ballot will include Proposition 23, a measure that would suspend the Global... read more August 3, 2010 by  2


 
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