Stockton’s UOP partners with Tesla on 5MW solar carport project

UOP now has solar carports in eight parking lots. -By Davis Harper

The latest in Stockton renewable energy news?  Solar carports are now shading eight parking lots at the University of the Pacific’s (UOP or “Pacific”) Stockton campus and anticipated to generate 30% of the university’s energy. The 5.3 megawatt (MW) project, which UOP worked with Tesla on, also includes 1 MW of battery storage and 16 … Read more

UK to ban selling new gas and diesel cars by 2030

by Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News Highlights Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the United Kingdom would ban the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2030 as a part of his “Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution” Boris Johnson claims that this initiative would create 250,000 jobs  About $665 million will be … Read more

Defying Trump, California locks in vehicle emission deals with major automakers

by David Shepardson, Reuters Highlights The California Air Resources Board (CARB) along with Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, Volvo, and BMW finalized agreements that create low vehicle emissions standards for cars in California According to The Center for Biological Diversity, the deal will improve fuel economy by an estimated 3.7% year over year between 2022-2026 These new … Read more

There is little evidence that mass transit poses a risk of coronavirus outbreaks

by Maxine Joselow, Scientific American Highlights Public transportation advocates say that transit can play a crucial role in the pandemic era by reducing air pollution that makes people more susceptible to COVID-19. Subways account for 76% less carbon emissions than the average vehicle carrying a single person More single-occupant vehicles on the road will have long … Read more

CARB Chair: 100% Zero Emission Vehicle sales target in 2030 could be reality

By John Boesel, CALSTART Highlights California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairman Mary Nichols emphasizes the importance of banning internal combustions engine (ICE) vehicles during the CALSTART California 2030 Policy Summit. Nichols was previously opposed to the ban of ICE vehicles due to the potential backlash but stated at the Summit: “I’ve become convinced of the need … Read more

Trump rolls back Obama fuel economy rule, increasing emissions during a climate crisis

by Sean O’Kane, The Verge  Highlights President Trump has reversed an Obama-era policy that made new cars more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly, but faces lawsuits and pushback from various environmental groups and the State of California Under the new rule, automakers will now have to increase the average fuel economy of their new cars by … Read more

GM investing billions in Michigan plant to produce electric trucks, SUVs

by Zack Budryk, The Hill Highlights: General Motors (GM) hopes to revive the Michigan auto manufacturing industry by investing $2 billion in their Detroit plant. This location will be used to manufacturing their new all electric truck starting in 2021. GM claims the opening of the plant will create over 2,000 new manufacturing jobs in … Read more

The cost of this state’s vehicle economy underscores need for sustainable mobility

by Bill Lucia, Route Fifty, January 24, 2020 Highlights A new study from researchers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard estimates how much cars, trucks, and roads cost Massachusetts each year: The study estimates that the total estimated cost each year of the vehicle economy in Massachusetts is about $64 billion … Read more