California

Government, Business, Fuel

California Seeks 150 Participants for Road User-Charge Research

Traffic on Interstate 80 in Fairfield, Calif. Traffic on Interstate 80 in Fairfield, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

As part of continued work to study an alternative to the state fuel tax, the California Department of Transportation is seeking 150 volunteers for road user-charge research.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Arkansas Approves Sales Tax; Rideshare Drivers Score Win in California

Interstate 30 in Arkansas Traffic moves toward the Interstate 403 and I-30 interchange in Little Rock, Ark. The existing 0.5% sales tax for transportation purposes was established in 2012. (Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department)

Although the next occupant of the White House remained unclear the day after the election, certain transportation-related issues were definitively settled at the state level Nov. 3.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 4, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Allows Private Sales of Electricity as Motor Truck Fuel

Volvo A Volvo VNR Electric truck model being charged. (Volvo Trucks North America)

Volvo Trucks North America announced it, and other industry associations and companies, helped facilitate the modification of California utility rules to give private entities the ability to sell electricity as a motor fuel at publicly accessible charging stations for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
November 3, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

VTNA Awarded $21.7 Million in Grants to Deploy Electric Trucks

Volvo VNR Electric truck parade A Volvo VNR Electric recently led a clean-energy truck parade of Southern California fleet operators to commemorate the recent opening of the new Port of Long Beach bridge. (Volvo Trucks North America)

VTNA said it was awarded $21.7 million in federal and state grants to deploy 70 VNR Electric trucks in Southern California for regional freight distribution and drayage.

October 19, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Electrifying California Cars Could Crush the Grid, or Save It

Tesla vehicles sit in a lot at a Tesla store in Colma, Calif., on Sept. 24. Tesla vehicles sit in a lot at a Tesla store in Colma, Calif., on Sept. 24. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Electrifying all new cars in California could be an immense burden on the state’s struggling power grid — or a whole new line of defense against blackouts.

September 28, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Aims to End Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars, Trucks by 2035

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tours the Building Resilience Center in Paradise, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom urged state residents to "pull away from the gas pumps." (Carin Dorghalli/The Chico Enterprise-Record via AP)

California will aim to halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Sept. 23, a move he says would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation’s most populous state.

Adam Beam | Associated Press
September 23, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Amazon’s Zoox Gets Green Light for Robotaxi Tests in California

A Zoox self-driving car is operated outside the company's headquarters in California. A Zoox self-driving car is operated outside the company's headquarters in California. (Michael Short/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc.’s self-driving-car unit, Zoox Inc., is getting a green light from California to test autonomous vehicles on public roads without a safety driver, becoming the fourth company to receive the state’s blessing for truly driverless testing.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
September 18, 2020
Government, Safety

FHWA Issues Emergency Funding for Fire-Ravaged States

California wildfire The August Complex Fire burns near Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest, Calif., on Sept. 16, 2020. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

The Federal Highway Administration has directed funding to assist with repairing infrastructure that has been damaged by wildfires in Oregon and California.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

ExxonMobil to Distribute Renewable Diesel

Exxon sign Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

ExxonMobil announced an agreement with Global Clean Energy Holdings to purchase 2.5 million barrels of renewable diesel per year for five years.

August 14, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Caltrans Turns to Recycled Bottles for Repaving Project

Recycled roadway Caltrans workers repaving state Route 162 between the Feather River and Christian Avenue in Oroville. (Caltrans)

The California Department of Transportation is repaving a segment of a state highway using only recycled materials in a pilot project.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 11, 2020

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