Electric cars could save California billions in storage

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Study shows the financial impact clean vehicles could have on storage Electric cars could become a boon to grid operators in California, according to a study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The study suggests that these vehicles could help resolve the state’s “duck curve” problem. The problem involves a significant drop in energy demand during midday hours, followed by a dramatic increase in demand when the sun begins to set. Storage mandate is doing little to solve the duck curve problem State regulators had hoped to solve the duck…

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Changes to California regulation aim to promote electric vehicles

Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate is being revised in California California is making changes to its Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate. The regulation requires automakers to produce a portion of clean vehicles alongside their regular production vehicles. The mandate has made California a very popular market for electric vehicles and has served to help the state become more environmentally friendly. Some automakers have criticized the regulation, however, due to the high cost of producing electric vehicles and the slow rate at which they slow. Requirements on automakers to produce electric vehicles will…

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New legislation to support clean vehicles in California

Legislation would cut the sales tax on clean vehicles by more than 50% Clean vehicles may become less expensive in California. State lawmakers are currently considering a legislation that would reduce the sales tax on all clean vehicles by more than 50%. This would reduce the overall cost of these vehicles and make them more financially attractive to consumers. Such a move could also bolster California’s position as a leading vehicle market, as consumers would be more willing to purchase clean vehicles that were not grossly expensive. Lower sales tax…

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Survey highlights support behind clean transportation in California

Survey identifies where the support for electric vehicles is coming from in California The California Air Resource Board has released the results of one of its latest electric vehicle surveys. The survey draws upon information provided by those that have purchased electric and hybrid vehicles within the past two years, highlighting the reasons behind these purchases. California is currently the most active clean transportation market in the U.S. More electric vehicles are sold in California than all other states combined, so understanding the reason people are purchasing these vehicles may…

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California works to promote electric vehicles among low-income families

Clean transportation could come to low-income families in California Clean transportation is beginning to gain traction throughout the U.S. as the hype surrounding electric vehicles continues to grow. California is expected to remain one of the most promising markets for these vehicles, especially as the state introduces new initiatives that are designed to promote the adoption of clean transportation. The California Air Resource Board is working on a new initiative that is meant to mitigate the costs associated with electric vehicles, making them significantly more attractive to low-income families. Clean…

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Tesla wins tax break in California

Electric vehicles continue to win support in California Electric vehicles have become more than a passing fad, especially in California. Clean transportation has become a major focus for the state and automakers have targeted California as a major market for a new generation of vehicles equipped with lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. Battery electrics have become quite popular with the help of Tesla Motors and the automaker has begun receiving strong support from consumers and the state’s government alike. State provides $34.7 million tax break to automaker California has…

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Infrastructure for electric vehicles in California wins more support

Agency announces more funding for the development of infrastructure for electric vehicles The California Energy Commission has made available a new $6 million grant that aims to further develop the state’s electric vehicle infrastructure. California is already considered a leader when it comes to electric vehicles. The state boasts of more charging stations than others throughout the U.S., and there are several incentives offered by the state government to encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles. While California’s infrastructure may be more comprehensive than its neighbors’, the state has yet to…

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New laws in California favor electric vehicles

Governor passes new laws to support electric vehicles California Governor Jerry Brown has signed six bills into law in order to help promote clean transportation throughout the state. California is represents approximately 35% of the electric vehicle market in the U.S. and is considered one of the auto industry’s ideal markets. The state is set to be the launching pad for hydrogen-powered vehicles that automakers will release in the coming years. The new laws emerging in California are meant to promote clean transportation among consumers and make the state even…

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New charging stations for electric vehicles opens in San Diego

Drivers of electric vehicles have a new place to charge their cars NRG eVgo, a company specializing in building charging stations for electric vehicles, has opened its first high-tech station in San Diego, California. The company claims that the station is capable of charging every electric vehicle currently operating on San Diego’s roads. The growing popularity of electric vehicles is calling for more charging stations to take form throughout California. The state currently boasts of a relatively robust infrastructure capable of supporting these vehicles, but more stations are needed to…

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Electric vehicles gain more support in California

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California aims to expand infrastructure for electric vehicles The success of clean transportation has long relied on the support of a comprehensive fueling infrastructure. Most of the world currently lacks an infrastructure capable of supporting new kinds of transportation, such as electric vehicles, but there are efforts underway to solve this problem. In California, Governor Jerry Brown has announced more than $120 million in funding for a new, statewide charging network for electric vehicles. The endeavor is backed by the California Public Utilities Commission and NRG Energy. Funding will help…

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California to account for 25% electric vehicle sales in US

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California continues to be a bastion for clean transportation California is expected to account for a significant percentage of the electric vehicle market in the U.S., according to a new report from Pike Research. The state has long been a bastion for electric vehicles and alternative energy. Its policies have made it an attractive market for the auto industry and company’s developing electric vehicles of all kinds, especially those powered by hydrogen fuel. The report suggests that the state is poised to play a major role in the electric vehicle…

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UCLA and UC Berkeley release policy paper on electric vehicles

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Policy paper calls for legislative action to support adoption of electric vehicles A new policy paper from the UCLA and UC Berkeley Schools of Law has been released and highlights the legislative actions that should be taken to ensure the mass-adoption of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles had once been considered a novelty, but have proven their capabilities and prowess over the past several years. Now, electric vehicles are often considered a viable replacement for traditional cars, especially for those that are concerned for the environment. Though consumers have been showing…

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NRG Energy to inject $100 million into California’s electric vehicle infrastructure

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Alternative energy and electric vehicles find a home in California California has long been considered a haven for alternative energy. The state is home to some of the most ambitious and progressive alternative energy projects in the country and is a prime testing ground for new vehicles coming from the auto industry. Electric cars, in particular, have become popular in the state, despite the lack of a comprehensive infrastructure capable of supporting a large number of these vehicles. The state’s lacking infrastructure has recently gotten a boost, however, thanks to…

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Proposed regulations could have a major impact on California’s transportation

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The California Air Resources Board has proposed new regulations to the state Legislature. The regulations would affect how many electric vehicles are able to hit the roads in 2025. The board’s regulations dictate that no less than one in seven new vehicles being sold in California must be hybrid or purely alternative energy vehicles. The state expects to see more than 1.4 million electric vehicles on the road in the next 14 years. By 2050, 87% of the vehicles in the state will be powered by hydrogen, if the board’s…

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