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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]