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Rivian gets $1.3 billion investment in electric truck venture

by Peter Eavis, NY Times Rivian, an electric-vehicle start-up that has drawn an impressive roster of backers, announced Monday that it had received a $1.3 billion investment led by T. Rowe Price, the mutual fund company. It was the fourth investment in Rivian this year and the company’s largest funding round so far. Amazon and […]

The promise of a carbon-free flight is on the horizon

by Peter Fairley, Spectrum The aviation industry’s global trade group says electric airplanes are unlikely to be flying commercial routes before 2040. That pessimism from the International Air Transport Association is off by nearly two decades according to ZeroAvia, a fast-moving electric flight startup popping out of stealth mode today. For six months already, the […]

Berkeley is banning natural gas appliances in new homes. Will other cities follow?

by Gabrielle Canon, Palm Springs Desert Sun First went the plastic straws. Then, single-use plastic grocery bags. In Berkeley, Calif., restaurants will soon be required to offer only compostable packaging for patrons, and Styrofoam has been banned in the city since 1988. Now, the eco-conscious enclave is becoming the first in the nation to take […]

US cities see blueprint for building electrification in Berkeley gas ban

by Tom DiChristopher, SP Global A city ordinance that aims to phase out new natural gas hookups in Berkeley, Calif., offers a blueprint for other cities pursuing building electrification as part of their efforts to combat climate change. But experts cautioned that the Berkeley gas ban cannot simply be carbon-copied in other jurisdictions. Municipal lawmakers […]

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 […]

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Berkeley first city in California to ban natural gas in new buildings

By Emilie Raguso, Berkeleyside.com The city of Berkeley will no longer allow natural gas pipes in many new buildings starting Jan. 1, 2020. It’s the first city in California to pass such a law, officials said. The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of the legislation, put forward by downtown Councilwoman Kate Harrison’s office and council […]

Aviation industry hears clamour for electric planes

by Jasper Jolly, The Guardian Faced with growing calls for action on the climate crisis, aerospace companies gathering for the Paris air show next week are turning their thoughts to a future run on electricity rather than fossil fuels. The scale of the challenge is considerable. The target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, […]

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 […]

B.C. introduces law to require cars, trucks sold by 2040 be zero emission

by The Canadian Press All light-duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia would have to be zero-emission by 2040 under legislation tabled Wednesday. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall says the Zero Emission Vehicles Act aims to fight climate change by phasing out gas-powered vehicles. She says the legislation would set target dates of 10 per […]

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 […]