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Oregon's Pitch To Electric-Car Industry: Come Test New Stuff Here!

Oregon's Pitch To Electric-Car Industry: Come Test New Stuff Here!

When it comes to raw numbers of electric cars sold, California leads. However, just to the north, the small state of Oregon has long been a pioneer and a trendsetter when it comes to electric mobility. Drive Oregon, the nonprofit trade association that has led much of this work over the past few... read more

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CA Climate-Change Bill Passed, Electric Utilities To Target Oil Industry

Let's call this one a good news, bad news, good news story. On Friday, September 11, the California Senate approved SB 350, the Clean Energy and Reduction Act--by far the... read more September 14, 2015 by 

2015 Nissan Leaf

Electric-Car Mandates: Can't Meet 'Em, Makers Say, While Buyers 'Shrug' At Efficiency

With the approaching midterm review of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy rules coming up in the next two years, automakers and advocates are positioning themselves to lobby... read more August 10, 2015 by 

2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

CA Renewable Hydrogen Rule: Forcing The Carbon Numbers To Work

California's plan to reduce carbon emissions from transportation anticipates a mix of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Recharging batteries from the electric... read more August 7, 2015 by 

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Final EPA Power-Plant Rules: Far More Impact On Coal States

The completed rules issued this week by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from power plants run 1,560 pages--nighttime reading only for policy wonks. But the agency's final... read more August 7, 2015 by 

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

Tesla Doubles Down On Fight For Direct Sales In Michigan, Detroit Three's Home Turf

Tesla Motors can't sell its electric cars in the home state of the Detroit Three automakers, but it's long wanted to change that. Last October, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder... read more August 5, 2015 by 

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State Laws On Ethanol In Gasoline: Only Seven States Require E10 Blend

Under the Renewable Fuels Standard passed in 2007, the Federal government requires certain volumes of ethanol to be blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply. However... read more July 17, 2015 by 

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Second Tesla Gallery, Service Center Opening This Weekend In Houston

Tesla Motors may not be allowed to sell its electric cars directly to customers in Texas, but it can still put them on display. After failing to convince the Texas... read more July 10, 2015 by 

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

Why Next Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Is So Important: CA Laws

The 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid has the lowest electric range of any plug-in vehicle sold in the United States: just 11 miles. It's also among the top-selling cars that... read more June 18, 2015 by 

2015 Chevrolet Volt

California's '50/50/50 Challenge' To Cut Energy Use Radically By 2030

Earlier this year, California Governor Jerry Brown proposed ambitious goals for dealing with climate change by drastically cutting fossil-fuel use in the state. In his... read more June 16, 2015 by 

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 'Twin Engine' plug-in hybrid, Spain, Feb 2015

Plug-In Hybrids OK For Smaller Makers To Meet CA Zero-Emission Vehicle Rules

California's Zero-Emission Vehicle sales rules have been a major reason the state's drivers can now choose among two dozen different plug-in electric vehicles on sale today... read more June 15, 2015 by 

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

California Approves Aggressive New Plans To Combat Climate Change

California continues to lead the way in all things green, now with new legislation that calls for dramatic cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions over the next few decades. Bills... read more June 5, 2015 by 

Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In Two States: FURTHER UPDATE

Several states have adopted or proposed special taxes and fees for electric-car drivers. which are supposed to make up for lost revenue from taxes on the fuel their drivers... read more May 27, 2015 by 

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What Should Georgia Electric-Car Buyers Do By June 30?

Georgia's income-tax credit for the purchase of a zero-emission vehicle will become history in about six weeks. That poses a problem for the state's electric-car shoppers... read more May 15, 2015 by 

2015 Nissan Leaf

Colorado's Electric-Car Credit: Applies To Used Cars Too

The checkerboard pattern of constantly changing electric-car incentives and fees among the 50 American states often baffles outsiders. And as states go, Colorado has a mixed... read more May 13, 2015 by 

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

FTC Calls Michigan's Tesla Ban 'Protectionism' For Dealers

Tesla Motors has had varied success in its efforts to fight state laws making its direct online-sales model illegal. The electric-car maker lost a round in Michigan last... read more May 13, 2015 by 


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