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Illinois Bill To Fine Car Owners Who Park In Electric-Car Charging Spaces Waits For Governor's Signature

Illinois Bill To Fine Car Owners Who Park In Electric-Car Charging Spaces Waits For Governor's Signature

As more public electric-car charging stations appear, they're creating a thorny etiquette issue. Charging stations may occupy parking spaces that everyone wants to use--no matter what they are driving. Sometimes, an electric car driver will pull up to a station, only to find that an... read more

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Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)

Car Dealers Fire Back: Why Negotiating Is Good For Car Buyers (Video)

The battle between Tesla Motors, which sells its electric cars directly to customers over the Internet, and the nation's car dealers--which want to make that practice... read more November 4, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Do Dealer Efforts To Ban Tesla Sales Backfire When Public Notices?

Are car dealers winning battles against Tesla Motors, and its direct-sales model, that will set them up to lose the bigger war? For almost five years, state dealer... read more October 17, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Store  -  Portland OR

Michigan Car Dealers Slip One Over On Tesla, Ban Direct Sales: UPDATED

Tesla Motors and its supporters have rallied numerous times against attacks on the electric-car maker's company-owned stores, but a Michigan bill banning its online... read more October 16, 2014 by 


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

CA Clean-Air Initiative: Cash In A Clunker, Buy An Electric Car

California has been a world pioneer for decades in reducing vehicle emissions, including its 20-year effort to get significant numbers of zero-emission vehicles on the roads... read more September 2, 2014 by 


 
First 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell delivered to lessee at Tustin Hyundai, June 2014

Why California Pushes Hydrogen Compliance Cars Over Electric Ones

We're starting to hear a lot about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles from Hyundai, Toyota, and Honda--and we're going to hear a great deal more about them in the years to come. The... read more July 10, 2014 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Supreme Court: California Cleaner-Fuels Plan OK, Oil Companies Lose Appeal

In an action sure to appease fans of a greener transportation future, the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to decline oil and ethanol companies' appeal to a decision to uphold... read more July 2, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014

Will Georgia's $5,000 Electric-Car Tax Credit Be Axed In 2015?

Early this year, we wrote about efforts in the Georgia state legislature to kill the state's $5,000 income-tax credit for purchasing a battery-electric vehicle. Among the... read more June 26, 2014 by 


 
Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Turns Its Back, Thumbs Its Nose At Energy Efficiency

This past Friday the 13th proved to be particularly unlucky for renewable-energy advocates in Ohio. That was the day the state legislature passed SB 310, a bill to halt the... read more June 26, 2014 by 


 
Frame from 'A Good Deal for All' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), June 2014

Auto Dealers Try Charm: Why Tesla Direct Sales Hurt Buyers, They Say (Video)

The battle between Tesla Motors, which sells its electric cars directly to buyers over the Internet, and the nation's auto dealers--who want to make that practice illegal--is... read more June 23, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

Minnesota Leads Nation, Mandates Off-Peak Electric-Car Charging Rates

Government incentives continue to play an important role in electric-car adoption, encouraging drivers to plug in by sending them checks or giving them solo access to carpool... read more June 23, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

Atlanta's Success In Electric-Car Sales Highlights Incentives Role

While West Coast cities have a reputation for electric-car friendliness, there's also an Eastern success story--one in which purchase incentives play a major role. Georgia... read more June 12, 2014 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

EPA's Coal-Plant Emissions Rules: This Will Be The Big Fight

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new regulations to cut the carbon emissions of more than 600 existing coal-fired electric power... read more June 2, 2014 by 


 
Diesel

U.N. Study Concludes Diesel Particulates Low, And Declining In Europe & U.S.

Particulate-matter emissions are one of the major environmental hazards of diesel cars and trucks, but the problem may not be as great as it appears. A new paper (PDF) from... read more May 23, 2014 by 


 
Carpooling

Highway Spending Bill To Bar Hybrids From Carpool-Lane Incentives?

Incentives to get drivers to buy highly fuel-efficient cars have taken many forms, one of the most popular being single-occupant access to carpool lanes on crowded freeways... read more May 20, 2014 by 


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

California To Use 1 Billion Gallons Less Gasoline In Six Years?

As various governments draft new emissions and fuel-economy regulations, it's natural to wonder whether they're actually working. In California, at least, the answer appears... read more May 2, 2014 by 


 

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