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    Read This: Honda, Fiat show dutiful compliance in EV game
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    Despite long waiting lists, neither Honda nor Fiat have any plans to boost production of their popular, low-volume electric vehicles and both say future production output for both the Honda Fit EV and Fiat 500e is pretty much spoken for for the rest of the year. In doing so, the automakers have ...

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    Official: Amp Workhorse electric vans approved for $60,000 rebates in California
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    If any California company is wavering on a decision to buy Amp Holding's new all-electric utility vans, the state is certainly ready to tilt that decision in Amp's favor. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will include the Amp Workhorse E-100 Workhorse step van in its Hybrid and Zero ...

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    Report: Fiat 500e EV sold out in California
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    We're not sure how many Fiat 500e electric vehicles have been sold since its April launch in the US. We just hear they're not selling any more in California this year. That's what Wards Auto is reporting, quoting Fiat North America chief Jason Stoicevich at a launch event for the Fiat 500L. ...

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    Report: Arnold Schwarzenegger: My Hummers are green, yours can be, too
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    Former California "Governator" and action-movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger is far from your typical environmental activist. Sure, he championed California's carbon-reducing Assembly Bill 32 and supported alternative fuel vehicles, especially hydrogen-powered one, but we don't know of any other ...

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    Report: First Chevy Spark EVs show up at West Coast dealerships
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    West coasters looking for the newest electric vehicle on the market should keep an eye out for the battery-powered version of the Chevrolet Spark, now that the first Spark EVs are making their way to California dealerships this week. Shops in Oregon will get theirs soon. The first three dealers ...

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    Read This: Ford executive says hybrids are 'flying off the shelves out in California'
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    California really is the Golden State for the Blue Oval. For proof, look to the words of one J Mays, Ford's vice president of global design, who told Inhabitat that hybrid sales are far better than the company expected out west. "Our hybrids are flying off the shelves in California," he said, ...

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    Report: Cheaper lease prices move some EVs to sold-out status in California
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    Prospective electric-vehicle drivers may have to do some California Dreamin' if they want to get a new EV in the Golden State because – surprise – people like EVs when they drop in price. The Honda Fit EV and the Fiat 500e are among the plug-in models that have seen a jump in demand ...

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    Official: Mysterious Hybrid Support Solutions arises to support Fisker Karma, charges $4k for membership
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    It's hard to get sympathy when you have the funds to lay out north of $100,000 for a car, but for those Fisker Karma owners feeling blue, Hybrid Support Solutions (HSS) is there for you. For $3,995, of course. Karma owners can pay $3,995 for a subscription that gives them a chance to get service ...

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    Study: Idaho has highest percentage of transportation-related emissions
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    Is there a plethora of big rigs in the Gem State? Results of a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) report tracking state-by-state energy-related carbon dioxide emission makes that question worth asking, as Idaho was the state with the highest percentage of emissions stemming from the ...

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    Read This: BIg Oil's favorite anti-clean energy study knocked down by review panel
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    Oil companies and other supporters of the fossil fuel status quo have been using a study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to attack California's landmark clean energy bill AB32, particularly the bill's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Oil companies have been particularly irate that the LCFS ...

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    Official: California's Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act would lower hurdles
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    San Francisco and Los Angeles are known for their fog and smog, respectively, but at least the some folks representing the state of California want to make sure the view is crystal clear for plug-in drivers looking to juice up their vehicles. The EV Open Access Act, or SB454, was recently passed ...

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    Official: With 38.2 cents per gallon, California is tops for state gas taxes
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    This might come as puzzling news for any Angeleno or San Franciscan whose head is ringing from the most recent batch of potholes: California has the highest state gas taxes in the country, charging almost five times as much per gallon as low-tax states such as Alaska and Georgia, the US Energy ...

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    Official: California rethinks battery-swap status in ZEV mandate
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    In February, the world's best-known plug-in battery-swapping network left California. Now, it looks like the state's not too keen on the concept. The California Air Resources Board (CARB), which is leading the effort to increase the number of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) in the state in the ...

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    Official: ​US public charging station locations grew by almost 200 in April
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    Almost 200 publicly accessible plug-in vehicle charging stations were added in the US last month by public and private entities, reflecting a slight acceleration in station deployment as more Americans buy electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Drivers could choose from 5,865 charging stations ...

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    Report: New CA bill would tax EV as a "comparable conventional fuel vehicle"
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    The California legislature may do what the feds have been unable to do – create a permanent tax credit for buyers of super efficient vehicles, including electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid-electric, and natural gas. The lunacy of federal tax credits is that the $7,500 credit disappears once a ...

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    Official: California might have 70 hydrogen fuel stations by 2016
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    In what some would consider an "If You Build It, They Will Come" scenario straight out of "Field of Dreams," California proponents of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCEVs) adoption say the Golden State may expand its hydrogen refueling station count more than eightfold during the next three years, ...

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    Study: Each Karma 'cost' Fisker $660,000 to produce
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    Looks like the $100,000 or so Leo and Bieber plunked down for their Fisker Karma extended-range plug-in vehicles may have been a bargain. The California-based automaker, which appears to be headed for bankruptcy, spent an estimated $660,000 for every one of fewer than 2,500 vehicles it made ...

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    CARB Chair Mary Nichols tweaks automakers for fighting ZEV mandates
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    Mary Nichols, chairman of California Air Resources Board, recently took a jab at automaker trade groups for urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to block California's zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates. They're undermining the progress they've been making in creating the market for ...

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    Official: Fiat 500e priced at $32,500, leases start at $199/month
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    Something interesting happened on the way to make the 2014 Fiat 500e a real car. As the idea for the car was bandied about in public for many years, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne complained bitterly, saying the only reason the car was coming to market was because mean ol' California was ...

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    Official: US public charging stations increase by 9% in first quarter
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    The US increased the number of publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations by about nine percent in the first quarter of 2013 as retailers and municipalities looked to start meeting increased demand from drivers of plug-ins vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. As of March ...

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