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Mar 28, 2014 - 8:41am
EV1Though there are no leaves on the trees yet, my home state of...
Though there are no leaves on the trees yet, my home state of Massachusetts became a greener place to live this week. Governor Deval Patrick announced Thursday a rebate program that will provide state residents who purchase or lease an electric vehicle (EV) a rebate of up to $2,500 - an incentive that we in the Massachusetts Electric Vehicles Taskforce enthusiastically recommended. In the past, I've blogged about Massachusetts lagging behind other states, like Oregon and Georgia, in EV incentives and sales. The new rebate program, expected to go into effect early this summer, will allow for...
Mar 27, 2014 - 11:54am
Tar sandsLet's be real: tar sands...
Let's be real: tar sands are a disaster for the climate, for water, for public health, for Indigenous communities that live in tar sands extraction sacrifice zones, and for communities along existing and proposed pipeline and rail routes. If they have their way, the industry's plans for tar sands extraction would destroy a swath of boreal forest the size of Florida, and already the toxic tailings lakes of mining wastewater can be seen from space.  North America's biggest corporations, as the biggest consumers of oil, need to sit up and pay attention. Any company with a concern for...
Feb 4, 2014 - 11:42am
Imagine pumping 400 million gallons of fuel for your cars over the course of a year. That's roughly twice the amount of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico by BP in 2010. That's also the amount of fuel the federal government used in 2012. A new report by the General Services Administration shows...
Imagine pumping 400 million gallons of fuel for your cars over the course of a year. That's roughly twice the amount of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico by BP in 2010. That's also the amount of fuel the federal government used in 2012. A new report by the General Services Administration shows that federal fleets are falling well short of goals set by President Obama to reduce oil consumption and shift to advanced vehicles. In the Sierra Club's Future Fleet campaign, we are pushing large fleets to reduce their oil consumption and stop using dirty and dangerous tar sands oil wherever...
Jan 22, 2014 - 11:30am
2014 Cadillac ELRThe annual North American...
The annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit wraps up this week, leaving electric vehicle fans underwhelmed with no unveilings of hybrid, plug-in electric, or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles ready for the public. In fact, in the fuel-saving arena the big attraction was a big truck: the top-selling, garage-swamping 2015 Ford F150, which Ford hopes will achieve “close to” 30 mpg on the highway. (Audi did show off a “concept car” that it claims will travel 31 miles on electricity before its gasoline engine kicks in; as for availability, according to an Audi spokesman the so-called...
Jan 6, 2014 - 8:00am
Ford C-Max EnergiEver wondered why we can't just stick solar panels on top of...
Ever wondered why we can't just stick solar panels on top of cars to fuel them even more cleanly and easily than today's plug-in electric cars? Engineers have actually been working on this challenge for a number of years. The main speed bump has been that the solar panels sized for the top of a car would not be sufficiently powerful, efficient, or large enough to actually power the vehicle. Also, cost has been prohibitive for commercial viability.However, Ford has just come a lot closer to making this pie in the sky a reality.At this week's annual International CES technology convention in...
Dec 18, 2013 - 7:03am
Gina_charging_Leaf_Florida_Dec2013Are you among the 56...
Are you among the 56 million people planning a business trip or vacation to Orlando, Florida in the next year? Need a car for your trip? If so, I encourage you to rent an electric vehicle (EV) through Drive Electric Orlando.I checked out the program for myself last week. Over the course of two and a half days, I drove more than 120 miles in a sleek, zero tailpipe emission Nissan Leaf to and from the airport and various meetings, charged up the car at my hotel and one of my meeting sites, and had plenty of electric charge to spare. In most cities, it's difficult to find a hybrid to rent, let...
Oct 24, 2013 - 10:15am
EV 2025 share_02 Today a group of eight governors announced a landmark initiative to put...
Today a group of eight governors announced a landmark initiative to put 3.3 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025. That’s a lot of cars -- more than five times the number of cars the nation’s best selling Ford F-Series pickup sold in 2012 -- that will use no oil. The eight states are California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. To put it in perspective, these states combined represent nearly one-quarter of the vehicle market in the United States. Passenger cars and trucks are responsible for nearly half of our nation's oil...
Oct 1, 2013 - 1:51pm
Albany, NY Were you one of the more than 35,000 people who attended electric vehicle (EV)...
Were you one of the more than 35,000 people who attended electric vehicle (EV) promotion events in 98 cities this past weekend? Thanks to the third annual National Plug In Day, organized by the Sierra Club, Plug In America, the Electric Auto Association, and many local groups, the EV-curious got to learn what all the fuss is about when it comes to electric vehicles. The future is here is what folks got to see up close: EVs are more fun to drive, cheaper to fuel, and cleaner to operate than conventional gas guzzlers. California Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed Saturday Plug In Day and...
Sep 25, 2013 - 12:24pm
National-Plug-In-Day By Michael Marx, Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign Director This...
By Michael Marx, Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign Director This weekend the third annual National Plug in Day celebrates surging electric car sales at more than 90 events. Today, less than three years after electric vehicles arrived on the mass market, more than 130,000 Americans are driving EVs. With more than a dozen models now on the road, EV sales have been rising by about 200 percent a year. Ever wondered what it's like to drive an electric car? Ever wanted to talk to someone who is not a car dealer about how these cars are charged, and which cars are the most reliable or lowest in...
Aug 28, 2013 - 9:29am
Smashed_priusRecently, I parked my plug-in Prius near my daughter...
Recently, I parked my plug-in Prius near my daughter's camp in Cambridge, MA, and took the train into Boston for a normal work day. When I returned that evening, I was shocked to find my car smashed up!  According to the police report on my windshield, some reckless driver had crashed into three parked cars, and mine got the worst of it. The insurance company deemed it a total loss and it agreed to pay us what it believed a 14-month-old plug-in Prius with 13,000 miles was worth. Now, my husband and I were faced with an interesting challenge: do we buy a new 2013 plug-in Prius, a used 2012...

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