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How an Electric Truck Factory Became a Lightning Rod in Georgia

By David Gelles Photo: Matthew Odom

It is billed as the largest economic development project in the history of Georgia, an electric vehicle factory that could grow to be five times as large as the Pentagon and produce as many as 400,000 emissions-free trucks a year.

03/14/22
                                                               

PG&E and Ford Collaborate on Bidirectional Electric Vehicle Charging Technology in Customers’ Homes

Today, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Ford Motor Company announced a collaboration exploring how Ford’s new F-150 Lightning electric vehicle (EV)—the first commercially available light-duty truck with bidirectional charging technology—can interact with the electric grid and provide electric reliability benefits to PG&E customers.

03/11/22
                                                               

EPA restores California’s ability to set stricter clean car standards

By Rachel Frazin Photo: Greg Nash

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Wednesday it would reinstate California’s authority to set its own clean car standards after the state’s authority was revoked by the Trump administration.

03/09/22
                                                               

U.S. Postal Service moves ahead with plan to spend billions on gas vehicles

By Emma Newburger Photo: Angus Mordant | Bloomberg | Getty Images

The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday completed a final regulatory requirement for its plan to replace its delivery fleet with thousands of gas-powered vehicles, forging ahead with a decision that’s drawn strong opposition from the Biden administration and environmental groups.

02/23/22
                                                               

Corn-Based Ethanol May Be Worse For the Climate Than Gasoline, a New Study Finds

By Georgina Gustin Photo: Kathryn Gamble , Getty Images

Ethanol made from corn grown across millions of acres of American farmland has become the country’s premier renewable fuel, touted as a low-carbon alternative to traditional gasoline and a key component of the country’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

02/16/22
                                                               

Here’s what Super Bowl ads say about climate change

By Kyla Mandel Chart: Elijah Wolfson and Kyla Mandel

Toyota debuted its hybrid Prius for the first time at the Super Bowl in 2005, calling it “good news for planet Earth.” In 2006, there were two Super Bowl ads for new hybrids: one for Toyota’s Camry hybrid, and one ad for Fords’ new Escape hybrid in which Kermit the Frog concluded that maybe it was easy being green, after all. But it’s taken 17 years and over 900 total ads for climate change to finally break through at the Super Bowl.

02/14/22
                                                               

White House rolls out $5 billion funding plan to states for electric vehicle chargers

By Ground News

The Biden administration on Thursday announced the availability of $5 billion in federal money to states over five years. Each station would need to have at least four fast-charger ports, which enable drivers to fully recharge their vehicles in about an hour. Electric cars amounted to less than 3% of U.S. new auto sales last year.

02/10/22
                                                               

How Billions in Infrastructure Funding Could Worsen Global Warming

By Brad Plumer Photo: David Zalubowski , Associated Press

The highways in Colorado, one of the nation’s fastest-growing states, are frequently clogged with suburban workers driving into Denver, skiers heading high into the Rocky Mountains and trucks rumbling across the Interstates.

02/10/22
                                                               

Washington’s Decisive Decade An Emerging Roadmap for Transportation Decarbonization & Cleaner Air

With the transportation sector accounting for 45% of the state’s emissions, it will receive the majority of upcoming investments from the Climate Commitment Act (CCA). We are firmly in the Decisive Decade for transportation decarbonization in Washington.

02/10/22
                                                               

Do we need roads that charge cars? Detroit thinks so

By Julian Spector

Electric car drivers in Detroit can soon boost their batteries just by driving down the right road. On Wednesday, Michigan state agencies awarded $1.9 million to Israeli startup Electreon to build a mile-long wireless charging strip. The chargers will lie under a street in Detroit’s Michigan Central district, an innovation hub for clean and autonomous mobility tech.

02/02/22