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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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Although aspiring carmaker Faraday Future prefers to keep most of its plans a secret, it has revealed locations currently under consideration for a new EV factory. “We’re still actively talking to four states,” said company spokesman Marcus Nelson. “We have talked to California, Nevada, Georgia and Louisiana.” Nevada, which successfully snagged a deal with Tesla […]

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In order for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to proliferate, infrastructure has to proliferate, and recently we spoke with one of the key people on the ground floor. According to Michael Dray, technical operations manager for California State L.A. Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, progress has been made since Jan. 8 when the station became the […]

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Last year, with just under 60,000 sales, almost half of the country’s sales of electrified vehicles came from California alone. Clearly, something is working within the Golden State. So how can other states glean from California’s success in order to increase EV numbers around the rest of the country? Support Begins At The Top Many […]

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A partnership to promote California’s hydrogen vehicle infrastructure has named 19 areas that it recommends for the next series of hydrogen refueling stations. Earlier this month, the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) released a list with the recommended regions. The organization is a collaborative effort that includes government agencies (both the California Air Resources Board […]

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