By Nick Kurczewski ·
October 24, 2012

Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Qualifies for California Rebate and HOV Access

California drivers interested in saving extra cash, and avoiding time wasted in traffic, you have some good news—or at least another option in the EV market. The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid has been approved for an additional state rebate, and access to highly coveted HOV lanes.

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By Zach McDonald ·
October 16, 2012

Judge Dismisses Suit Halting $102 Million California EV Infrastructure Deal

A California appeals judge has dismissed a lawsuit by EV charge provider Ecotality against the state’s Public Utility Commission that would have blocked more than $102.5 million in spending on charging infrastructure stemming from a settlement with power company NRG. In March, governor Jerry Brown announced details of the deal, under which NRG will provide 200 480-volt fast-charging stations, and the potential for as many as 10,000 Level 2 charging stations.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 28, 2012

Will Electric Cars Create 100,000 Jobs in California?

An EV advocacy group says so, but it's dependent on fairly robust sales success, as well as a huge number of other factors.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
September 21, 2012

“Electric Drive by ‘25” Predicts Opportunity in EV Market

A report from UCLA and UC Berkeley Schools of Law examines the challenges facing the EV market and the business opportunities the sector could create in the future.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 18, 2012

Needed Now: Big Incentives to Jump-Start the EV Market

The Carnegie Endowment says slow electric sales need to be turned around with major commitments from local, state and the federal government. And utilities need to step up their game, too.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 30, 2012

What Obama's New Green Car Rules Do for Electric Cars

The Obama Administration has finalized the 2017-2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy rules. CAFE definitely encourages electrics, but cleaner gas cars, too. It's California that has the zero-emission mandates, but it all gets complicated in an election year.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 20, 2012

Slow Uptake on Green Carpool Stickers for Plug-in Hybrids

Fewer than 4,000 of California’s green carpool lane stickers—targeted to promote sales of plug-in hybrids—have been issued so far, according to figures from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. As of Aug. 3, the state had issued 2,643 decals to Prius Plug-In owners and 1,114 to Volt owners, according to a report in North County Times.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 02, 2012

DOE Awards $43 Million for Battery Tech

The ARPA-E agency parceled out grants to 19 universities, companies and research firms, all aimed at improving the electric car.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 18, 2012

Reading Chinese Tea Leaves: 20,000 EV Sales, or Maybe Not

A little-known Chinese EV maker, Kandi Technologies, has either landed a 20,000-car order from the regional government or a 100-car test program. It's one reason it's hard to place firm bets on Chinese electric vehicle dominance.

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By Eric Loveday ·
July 05, 2012

CARB Approves Additional $27 Million in Clean Vehicle Rebate Funding

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved an additional $27 million in funding for its Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). The majority of the $27 million will be set aside for California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). According to CARB chairman Mary D. Nichols, CVRP is a “unique incentive program (which) makes ultra-clean cars affordable for more Californians, helps slash smog-forming pollution and cuts greenhouse gas emissions."

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