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California conundrum: 2018 Leaf, Bolt EV, or Mirai fuel-cell car?

California conundrum: 2018 Leaf, Bolt EV, or Mirai fuel-cell car?

California is very different from the rest of the United States. All by itself, it's the sixth largest economy in the world. One eighth of all Americans live there. It's home to Silicon Valley, as well as much of the global entertainment industry, and it produces a large proportion of the nation's... read more

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National Plug-In Day 2012: San Francisco, with 60 Nissan Leafs in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

California utilities submit $1 billion of electric-car projects to regulators

California continues to lead the United States, and in some ways the world, in efforts to reduce and eliminate harmful emissions from road vehicles. Following the lead of... read more January 24, 2017 by


 
National Plug-In Day 2012: San Francisco, with 60 Nissan Leafs in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

Electric cars improving fast, CA should raise zero-emission requirements: report

For 50 years now, California has been at the very forefront of reducing vehicle emissions. It was doing so before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was even formed... read more January 20, 2017 by


 
Indianapolis, by Flickr user ellenm1 (Used under CC License)

Indiana too slaps electric cars with $150 fee for not using gas

Indiana may soon follow Michigan in implementing fees for electric cars, with the stated goal of helping to pay for road repairs. Michigan is now adding fees for electric... read more January 6, 2017 by


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

UPDATE: Tesla can still sell cars in Missouri stores, pending appeal, after dealer lobby lauds victory

Just as the new year began, Tesla was dealt a fresh setback in its campaign to make its electric cars directly available to customers throughout the U.S. Tesla's license to... read more January 6, 2017 by


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Michigan socks hybrid owners with new fees—that don't apply to most hybrids (updated)

The state of Michigan, to help pay for road repairs, decided more than a year ago to hit owners of hybrids and electric cars with additional fees starting this January... read more December 28, 2016 by


 
Old cabin near Twin Lakes, along Colorado's Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway

Colorado, Nevada, Utah to collaborate on electric-car charging network

Much of the U.S. innovation in electric-car incentives and infrastructure has come not from the federal government but from one or more states, especially California. With... read more December 23, 2016 by


 
Michigan state capitol, Lansing (photo by Brian Charles Watson)

Michigan says Tesla sales ban not unconstitutional, responding to lawsuit

Tesla Motors continues to fight for the ability to sell its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan, home of the rest of the U.S. auto industry. The Silicon Valley... read more December 21, 2016 by


 
Plug-in electric cars at PSE+G facility in Newark, New Jersey

NJ electric-car advocacy group launches as gas tax soars

New Jersey was always the place for residents of neighboring states—Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania—to buy cheap gasoline. That era ended two days ago, when... read more November 3, 2016 by


 
Province of Quebec in Canada

Quebec passes Canada's first zero-emission vehicle rule, to start in 2018

Quebec has become the first Canadian province to adopt a requirement for sales of a certain number of zero-emission vehicles, similar to the one in effect in California... read more November 1, 2016 by


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

Tesla sues Michigan over ban on direct sales of its electric cars

Earlier this month, an application for a dealer license submitted by Tesla Motors was denied by the state of Michigan. It was the final decision in a process that kicked off... read more September 23, 2016 by


 
Elio Motors prototype at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

You know cars, trucks, and motorcycles, but what's an autocycle? (It's an Elio)

To say three-wheeled vehicles are rare in the North American car market would be an understatement. Traditionally, motorcycles have two wheels, and passenger cars and light... read more September 15, 2016 by


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

VA may deny Tesla a store license; dealers say they want to sell Teslas

Tesla Motors recently had another setback in its fight with Virginia's franchised car dealers over direct sales of its luxury electric cars. Over the past several months... read more September 15, 2016 by


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

Michigan won't let Tesla sell cars, but state fund invests in company (irony alert)

Tesla still isn't allowed to sell its electric cars in Michigan, owing to a ban on direct sales signed two years ago. All carmakers in the state must sell new cars solely... read more August 11, 2016 by


 
Record-breaking electric-car parade in Cupertino, California. Photo courtesy of Plug In America.

California bought more electric cars than rest of U.S. combined in June

Sales of plug-in electric cars are not evenly distributed across the U.S. by any means. California, with its pioneering zero-emission vehicle sales requirements, has always... read more July 27, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S undergoing assembly

California may cap ZEV-credit sales; why it matters to Tesla, and for electric cars

Changes to California's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) rules could soon cut a major source of income for Tesla. California emission rules require high-volume automakers to sell... read more July 12, 2016 by


 

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