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California Moves Closer Toward Clean Air for All

Imagine a California with substantially cleaner air and lower rates of asthma and cancer, especially in disadvantaged communities hardest hit by dangerous air pollution. Then imagine you’d be paying less in fuel costs – the equivalent of about $1 a...

Posted May 29, 2014    

Charge Ahead Initiative Passes Another Key Vote

California Senate Bill 1275, authored by Kevin de León, just cleared the Senate's Environmental Quality committee with bipartisan support, and is one step closer to becoming law. This legislation would establish the Charge Ahead California...

Posted May 2, 2014    

Charging Ahead Towards Dollar-a-Gallon Clean Fuel

Today, NRDC joins a diverse coalition of community, health, and environmental groups to launch the Charge Ahead California campaign to deploy one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within ten years.  The campaign includes the...

Posted November 18, 2013    

California Helps Drivers Plug-in and Replace Clunkers with Cleaner Cars

To transform the vehicle fleet, you need to work on both ends — accelerating the purchase of cleaner new vehicles and the retirement of old clunkers. The California legislature is sending a package of bills to Governor Brown’s desk that does just...

Posted September 29, 2013    

Electric Cars Are Cleaner Today and Will Only Get Cleaner Tomorrow

By Max Baumhefner, Sustainable Energy Fellow, San Francisco, and Cecilia Springer, associate at Climate Advisers, where she manages projects on transportation and sustainable supply chains.Uncovering a fraud is uniquely satisfying, which is perhaps...

Posted August 12, 2013    

EV Op-Ed in Wall Street Journal Fails at Math

A Wall Street Journal Op-Ed by Bjorn Lomborg, “Green Cars Have a Dirty Little Secret,” argues that even though driving on electricity emits half as much pollution as driving on gasoline, it never makes up for the additional energy it takes to build...

Posted March 14, 2013    

Good and Green Reasons to Consider an Electric Car This Year

By Felix Kramer* and Max BaumhefnerWhen it comes to consumer products, environmentalists generally don’t encourage people to buy new and buy now. But that’s what we're about to do because electric cars are significantly cleaner than gasoline...

Posted March 8, 2013    

Tesla-NY Times Dispute Reveals Different Truth

A debate has unfolded between the start-up electric vehicle company, Telsa, and the New York Times on the subject of a test drive that ended with the car running out of juice. Telsa has released data logs that undercut the reporter’s account, the...

Posted February 17, 2013    

Big Brown and Governor Brown Deliver on Zero Emission Vehicles

Governor Jerry Brown released a “Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan,” representing the nation’s most comprehensive effort by a state to accelerate the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles. Along with his announcement came the news that UPS...

Posted February 9, 2013    

Electric Car Sales Increase 228 Percent

Automakers operate on a different calendar, in which the 2012 model year recently came to a close.  As my colleague, Luke Tonachel, explains, this was the year of the green car, with record new fleet fuel efficiency, a 55 percent increase in...

Posted November 1, 2012    

PG&E Proposes New & Improved Rates for Electric Car Customers

Today, the biggest electric utility in California, the largest car market in the country, took an important step to give drivers access to a cleaner fuel that’s roughly the equivalent of buck-a-gallon gasoline.  Pacific Gas & Electric (“PG...

Posted May 10, 2012