Mary D. Nichols, California’s top air pollution regulator

Major automakers strike climate deal with California, rebuffing Trump on proposed mileage freeze

by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, The Washington Post Four automakers from three continents have struck a deal with California to produce fleets that are more fuel-efficient in coming years, undercutting one of the Trump administration’s most aggressive climate policy rollbacks. The compromise between the California Air Resources Board and Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW […]

Watch an electric Ford F-150 pickup truck tow 1 million pounds

by Victor Tangermann, Futurism In a publicity stunt and impressive feat of strength, an all-electric Ford F-150 pickup truck just pulled a million pounds of enormous double-decker rail cars behind it for 1,000 feet — the length of 42 fossil-fuel-chugging F-150s. To hammer the point home, Ford then parked the 42 F-150s on the rail […]

Congrats to California on passing a budget allocatiion to clean car planning

by Dustin Gardiner, SF Chronicle California is on the verge of spending $1.5 million to study what it would take to “significantly reduce” emissions from vehicles — including phasing out new gasoline-powered cars — after a San Francisco legislator used a budget maneuver to bring the idea back from the dead. For two years, Democratic […]

California pushes back for EVs: proposed bill for no gas cars sold in US by 2040, ICE ban in state?

by Phil Dzikiy, Electrek As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to introduce the final form of its proposal to freeze US fuel economy standards sometime in the near future, California is giving more indications of how it intends to fight the regulatory rollback. Late last week, California Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) and Sen. Jeff Merkley […]

Despite sharp growth in electric cars, vehicle emissions keep rising

by Julie Cart, Cal Matters It is tempting to employ any number of puns when considering California’s transportation future: The state is at a crossroads, its policies could run out of gas, dangerous curves lie ahead. But keeping in mind that the state’s climate policies demand the wholesale electrification of transportation, here’s another: California must […]

Democrats flesh out Green New Deal with bill to end sales of gas-burning cars by 2040

by Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffpost Just days after carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere hit a level not seen in 800,000 years, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is proposing a bill to completely phase out new gas-burning cars by 2040. The legislation mandates zero-emissions vehicles to make up 50% of new sales by 2030, and ratchets […]

Electric buses offer massive climate savings

Electric buses can reduce carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption more quickly than cars. Far more quickly! Not only is as bus obviously much bigger than a car, it spends the better part of the day on the move, while cars are parked 95% of the time. Whereas the average passenger car travels between 10-12,000 […]

Charging up EVs at work: Show me the money!

A Webinar for employees, managers, and EV enthusiasts How can local businesses get help to pay for the installation of EV chargers at their facilities, and why should they even care? These are the questions that will be answered at a free webinar, scheduled for March 13, at 11 am PT. To sign up, click […]

BayCLIC tackles transportation

The Bay Area Climate Literacy Impact Collaborative (BayCLIC) is a professional network dedicated to ensuring that visitors to the Bay Area’s array of renowned educational institutions learn about the core elements of climate change and feel both motivated and empowered to take action. The Climate Center plays a support role for BayCLIC, facilitating and coordinating […]

Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few

by Tom Krisher, AP News DETROIT (AP) — Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren’t even ready for production. Meanwhile, there will be plenty of SUVs […]