Debut of the Rivian R1T pickup at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, November 27, 2018

By 2021, all-electric trucks from eight manufacturers will hit the U.S. market

by Paul Lienert, Reuters Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his spacy Cybertruck have ignited a frenzy over electric pickups, and at least seven other U.S. automakers expect to build new battery-powered trucks by 2021. The question is who will buy them. Companies ranging from General Motors Co (GM.N) to startup Lordstown Motors Corp have said […]

DHL to debut electric delivery vans in US cities

by Lisa Baertlein, Reuters DHL will debut StreetScooter’s zero-emission Work L delivery van in two urban U.S. markets, one on each coast, starting in Spring 2020, the companies said. They did not specify which markets would be the first. Full deployment could come in 2022 and 2023, said Ulrich Stuhec, StreetScooter’s chief technology officer, who […]

California won’t buy cars from GM, Toyota, and others siding with Trump

by Rachel Becker, Cal Matters Starting immediately, California state agencies will no longer buy gas-powered sedans, officials said Friday. And starting in January, the state will stop purchasing vehicles from carmakers that haven’t agreed to follow California’s clean car rules. The decision affects General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and multiple other automakers that sided with […]

Electric buses save cities’ air quality– and money

by Kristoffer Tigue, InsideClimate News In the coastal city of Gulfport, Mississippi, the state’s first fully-electric bus will soon be cruising through the city’s downtown streets. The same goes for Portland, Maine—it just received a grant to buy that state’s first two e-buses, which are set to roll out in 2021. And Wichita expects to […]

The synergy between electric vehicles and renewables plus storage is emerging

by Jeff McMahon, Forbes If energy and transportation planners stop seeing their sectors as separate markets for batteries—a World Resources Institute researcher argued last week—there will be more than enough energy storage to go around. “An electric vehicle, because of the battery, is really both a mobility asset and an energy asset,” said Camron Gorguinpour, […]

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies at hearings in 2014 to examine the General Motors (GM) recall and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) defect investigation process.

Big automakers take risks in siding with Trump administration against California

by Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, October 31, 2019 The decision this week by several major automakers — including General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler — to back the Trump administration in a high-stakes legal fight with California over fuel-efficiency standards has fractured an industry that has long prided itself for […]

California may be a climate leader, but it could be a century behind on carbon goals: study

by Herman K. Trabish, Smart Cities Dive, October 30, 2019 Power sector progress is masking the need to address emissions in transportation and industry. California just got sobering news that despite its nation-leading renewables build, it may be a century late in achieving its ambitious climate goals. The shift to renewables allowed California to meet […]

With 10% penetration, EVs could shift all residential peak load to night, analysis of SoCal Ed finds

by Robert Walton, Utility Dive, October 17, 2019 Dive Brief: Electric vehicles have the potential to act as virtual power plants that can help utilities soak up midday renewable energy and discharge in the evenings to reduce peak load, according to a study from Jackson Associates released Wednesday. The analysis, based on 5,000 Southern California Edison (SCE) […]

Part of California’s power outage solution is sitting in half a million driveways

Last week, when PG&E shut off power to almost one million customers, many of us were left without heat, refrigeration, internet, light, and other essential functions for days. While some people fired up gas and diesel generators to bridge the power gap, these fossil fuel generators are no treat for neighbors with asthma and other […]

How to make carbon pricing palatable to air travelers

University of British Columbia & EDF; read full article at ScienceDaily Travelers are willing to pay a little more for flights if they know the extra money will be used to address carbon emissions, per new study  How those fees are presented at the time of ticket purchase is the key to consumer acceptance. People […]