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House approves bill to exempt self-driving cars from safety standards, overrule state laws

House approves bill to exempt self-driving cars from safety standards, overrule state laws

The United States House of Representatives has taken the first step towards allowing automakers and technology companies to deploy self-driving cars on public roads. A House panel passed a proposal that would allow automakers and other companies to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles... read more

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Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Montana solar-power law rigging caught on live video, regrettably

The U.S. is coming up to its Independence Day holiday, in which we celebrate the Declaration of Independence from England and reflect on our history and traditions as a... read more June 30, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

Climate resistance grows; more states ally to flout Trump, commit to Paris accord (updated)

Thirteen states, at least 80 mayors, and more than 100 businesses will task themselves to meet ambitious climate-change goals—with or without federal participation. The... read more June 28, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

States have battle plan if Trump rolls back fuel-economy, emission rules

The Trump Administration has had a challenging start on numerous fronts, but its work to slash emission rules and eliminate regulations continues. The EPA administrator... read more June 22, 2017 by


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

Trump EPA backs away from attacking California emission waiver

Sometime between March 1 and 7, a specific page vanished from the website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Amidst coverage of the removal of the word "science"... read more June 19, 2017 by


 
California state capitol, Sacramento

How California and China plan to push for millions of zero-emission vehicles

California has long been the nation's leader in zero-emission vehicles, with initiatives dating more than two decades. Now the Golden State is partnering with China, the... read more June 19, 2017 by


 
GM Renaissance Center American flag

Does Michigan hate electric cars? Buyers, drivers challenged by myriad factors

As Kermit the Frog sang, sometimes it's not easy being green. That appears to be particularly the case in Michigan, home to the three largest U.S. automakers. The Great Lakes... read more June 15, 2017 by


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Texas restores $2,500 electric-car purchase rebate, except for Teslas

Ah, Texas, the state that was formerly a nation and continues to do things slightly differently. Its politics is bare-knuckle, its hats are big, and so are its ranches. It... read more June 14, 2017 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Ohio bill would grant permanent subsidies to coal-fired power plants

It's now widely acknowledged that the energy and electricity-generation landscape is changing rapidly. The U.S. has vastly increased its oil and gas production, driving down... read more June 14, 2017 by


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

Bill in NY legislature would let Tesla quadruple store locations in state

Tesla's five New York state stores could increase four-fold should a new piece of legislation pass the state legislature. The bill calls for an increase "certificates of... read more June 12, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

Could California climate-change rules raise gas price enough to backfire?

California has by far the most aggressive climate-change policies in the nation, and the state is a global leader in plans to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. It's also the... read more May 19, 2017 by


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

Tesla faces battle over direct sales to buyers in Connecticut

Another month, another Tesla battle with auto-dealer lobbyists in another state—or so it seems in the company's ongoing battle to sell electric cars online directly to... read more May 11, 2017 by


 
2017 BMW i3

Which carmakers show CA 2025 zero-emission vehicle rules already within reach? (updated)

The sales growth of electric cars has made strides in recent years, and California's Zero-Emission Vehicle mandate has much to do with that. The program adopted by the... read more May 10, 2017 by


 
Electric Avenue charging stations in Portland, Oregon [photo: Portland General Electric]

Oregon mulls bonuses for salespeople who sell electric cars

The Beaver State, otherwise known as Oregon, may implement an intriguing solution to spur higher sales of electric vehicles. A new piece of legislation introduced in the... read more May 9, 2017 by


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

Even California imposes new fee on electric cars in lieu of gas taxes

Last week, the California state legislature approved a $52 billion transportation-funding package. Unlike the practice in previous years, this one is to be used only for... read more April 10, 2017 by


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

Tesla loses bid to sell cars in Utah, dealer lobbyists win

Tesla has once again been denied permission to sell its cars directly to buyers in the battleground state of Utah. Via a unanimous decision, the Utah Supreme Court handed... read more April 6, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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