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California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, wants to have 1.5 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the roads by 2025, and the state’s largest utility thinks it can help reach that goal. Pacific Gas & Electric is proposing to install 7,600 electric vehicle-charging stations over the next three years, the single biggest deployment of […]

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People wanting petroleum independence, cleaner air, and who’d like to see more automotive electrification may want to thank the state that is second only to China in cumulative plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) sales. That is, if California were its own country, only China would have purchased more PEVs within its borders. Alternately, if California was […]

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A bill in California’s state Legislature that would have required 15 percent of new car sales be zero-emission vehicles, either battery-electric or hydrogen powered, by 2025 has been withdrawn, for now. Democratic Assemblywoman Autumn Burke of Los Angeles announced her proposal last week, saying the existing zero-emission vehicle mandates were too weak to require significant new investments […]

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California’s climate change law is in limbo resulting in a proposed bill that will require 15 percent of all new vehicles sold in the state to be emissions-free within a decade. Los Angeles Assembly woman Autumn Burke said she will introduce the bill this week and told the Associated Press that it will ramp up […]

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California has been called the El Dorado State, the Grape State, the Golden State, but having purchased nearly half of all plug-in cars ever sold in the U.S., you can call it The ZEV State. Actually, with its Air Resources Board (ARB) setting Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) rules for about a quarter of the U.S. […]

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Did you ever wonder why carmakers make several plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) targeted just for California? A big reason is its Air Resources Board swings a heavy stick, influencing other states’ regulations in the process, and federal rules are driving things as well, but any way you slice it, California is America’s capital of plug-in […]

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If all amendments to present law proposed by a governor’s budget trailer bill now making the rounds are adopted, California could remove the cap on plug-in hybrid green solo-access HOV stickers to 2019 and extend already unlimited white stickers for EVs into 2025. The HOV access perk adopted early this decade for qualified plug-in cars […]

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Tesla owners traveling during the Christmas holiday break encountered an unpleasant surprise at one popular California Supercharger site, experiencing delays of up to two hours or more. According to a post on the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum, owners planning to use the Tejon Ranch Supercharger site in Lebec, Calif. on Dec. 26 were warned […]

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Officials with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles wanted to have regulations that are more complete in place for autonomous vehicles already, but say the delay is justified. The department said it’s still working to finalize the updated directive on autonomous technology. Many complex issues are under consideration for the final draft, which will likely set […]

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One of China’s largest automakers – BAIC Motor – has opened a research and development facility in California. BAIC said the move is part of the company’s plans to establish a global presence. As part of this extension, the company will also open a research and development facility in Europe at a later, undisclosed date. […]

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