New York sets 2035 zero-emissions passenger car goal

Posted in REVIEWS on September 9, 2021
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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday signed into law a bill that sets a goal for all new passenger cars and light-duty trucks to be zero-emission models by 2035, joining California in attempting to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles. The law directs setting regulations requiring higher numbers of zero-emission vehicles with a goal of "100% of in-state sales by 2035," and a similar target for medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045 if feasible. The U.S. government Read More »

AP Fact Check: Biden overstates UAW support for electric cars

Posted in REVIEWS on September 8, 2021
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DETROIT — President Joe Biden glossed over important details and oversimplified the facts in a boast about support from the United Auto Workers union for his effort to dramatically increase sales of electric vehicles by decade's end. In remarks Wednesday in which he praised labor's role in combating climate change, Biden failed to say that UAW did not endorse the EV targets he set in an executive order signed last month. The union's support is Read More »

What's in the Senate infrastructure bill

Posted in REVIEWS on August 10, 2021

Construction of the new Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project in Los Angeles. (LAT via Getty) WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan ($550 billion in new spending) to rebuild roads and bridges, modernize public works systems and boost broadband internet, among other improvements to the nation's infrastructure. The White House is projecting that the investments will add, on average, about 2 million jobs per year over the coming decade. Read More »

Senate passes $550 billion infrastructure plan in bipartisan win for Biden

Posted in REVIEWS on August 10, 2021
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The Senate passed a $550 billion infrastructure plan that would represent the biggest burst of spending on U.S. public works in decades, sending the legislation to the House where its fate is in the hands of the fractious Democratic caucus. The bipartisan 69-30 vote Tuesday marked a significant victory for President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. It was a breakthrough that has eluded Congress and presidents for years, despite both parties calling infrastructure a priority and Read More »

28 House Democrats want $85 billion for EV charging infrastructure

Posted in REVIEWS on August 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — A group of 28 U.S. House Democrats on Monday asked congressional leaders to back $85 billion in funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, a big jump over funding proposed in a bill before Congress. The current $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill under consideration has $7.5 billion in EV charging infrastructure funding, but Democrats plan to add additional funding in a separate measure that could spend up to $3.5 trillion. The lawmakers, led by Read More »

'Code red for humanity': Landmark report says global warming will blow past predictions

Posted in REVIEWS on August 9, 2021
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The Dixie Fire destroys Greenville, Calif., last week. The fire is the second-largest in California history and is fueled by a historic drought. (AP) Earth’s climate is getting so hot that temperatures in about a decade will probably blow past a level of warming that world leaders have sought to prevent, according to a report released Monday that the United Nations called a “code red for humanity.” “It’s just guaranteed that it’s going to get Read More »

Biden seeks automakers' pledge for 40% of sales to be electric by 2030

Posted in REVIEWS on July 29, 2021
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President Joe Biden drives the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup. (Reuters) WASHINGTON — The White House is negotiating to have automakers pledge that 40% or more of the vehicles they sell in the U.S. will be electric by the end of the decade, something the companies say will require the government to help promote the use of the cars. UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said the union is in discussions with the White House and automakers Read More »

New report suggests EV incentives aimed at gasoline 'superusers'

Posted in REVIEWS on July 23, 2021

The National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) is conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is billed as "the authoritative source on the travel behavior of the American public" because of nationwide data on every mode of non-commercial travel and the people making the journeys. Coltura is a non-profit with a mission to support and accelerate the transition from gas- and diesel-powered vehicles to those powered by alternative energies. Coltura studied the NHTS data and Read More »

Indiana to test highways that can charge moving EVs

Posted in REVIEWS on July 22, 2021
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One day, the best way to charge an EV on a cross-country drive could be to get in the vehicle and make the cross-country drive. That future depends on successfully incorporating wireless charging infrastructure into highways, the state of Indiana being the latest to make the attempt. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Purdue University have signed up to the ASPIRE Initiative, the acronym standing for Advancing Sustainability through Power Infrastructure for Road Electrification. Read More »

Europe's climate masterplan aims to slash emissions within a decade

Posted in REVIEWS on July 12, 2021
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BRUSSELS — The European Union is set to take the lead in climate policy action among the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters this week, with a raft of ambitious plans designed to cut emissions drastically over the next decade. The policies, if approved, would put the bloc — the world's third-largest economy — on track to meet its 2030 goal of reducing planet-warming emissions by 55% from 1990 levels. The "Fit for 55" package being Read More »

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