Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Cuts Electric Car Rebates, Drops Luxury Models

Tesla at dealership in Colorado Car buyers wanting to purchase a high-end Tesla costing more than $60,000 will no longer be eligible for CARB's rebate program. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

California’s rebate program to coax more drivers to buy electric vehicles just got less generous, especially for those looking to spend on a luxury model.

Dustin Gardiner | San Francisco Chronicle
December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment

CARB Suspends Imminent GHG Rule for Trailers

TEC Equipment store in Stockton, Calif. TEC Equipment store in Stockton, Calif. (TEC Equipment)

The California Air Resources Board announced Dec. 3 it was suspending enforcement for at least two years of its greenhouse gas (GHG) trailer standards, which had been set to go into effect Jan. 1.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Trump Asks Court to Toss California Auto Emissions Lawsuit

110 freeway near downtown Los Angeles An aerial view looking south over the 110 freeway through downtown Los Angeles. (Matt Gush/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s administration asked a federal judge to throw out California’s lawsuit seeking to preserve its power to regulate tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions, saying Washington has the last word in setting fuel economy standards.

Andrew Harris | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Tunnel Planned for California Bullet Train Under Burbank Airport

A view of the Burbank airport A view of the Burbank airport. It sits in Southern California path of bullet train proposed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. (Jorge Villalba/Getty Images)

The complexity of building a bullet train through Southern California’s urban maze is leading state officials to consider two major additions: a tunnel under the Burbank airport and a project that would help a freight railroad expand its switching yards in the Inland Empire.

Ralph Vartabedian | Los Angeles Times
December 3, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Intensifies Fossil Fuel Fight With New Drilling Ban

Fossil Fuel Fight Pump units pumping heavy oil from some of the 9295 wells producing a total of over 75 000 barrels of oil per day, at the Chevron Kern River Oil Field, in Bakersfield, Calif. (Ken James/Bloomberg News)

California intensified its battle against fossil fuels by seeking independent reviews of all pending hydraulic fracturing permits and halting approvals of a key production technique in an area that has pumped crude for more than a century.

November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Sues Trump EPA in Fight Over Green Auto Rules

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra California Attorney General Xavier Becerra by Alex Brandon/Associated Press

California sued the Trump administration for rescinding an Obama-era waiver that allows the state to require sales of electric vehicles and set stricter auto-emissions standards than the federal government.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, TCA

San Diego MTS Launches $12.5 Million Electric Bus Pilot Program

Skyline of San Diego San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System has six electric buses, with another two on the way. It also plans to order two fuel cell-powered buses. (Getty Images)

Transit officials in San Diego are rolling out a new $12.5 million pilot program to test the region’s first electric buses.

Joshua Emerson Smith | The San Diego Union-Tribune
October 23, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Massive California Blackout Could Prevent Fires but at Big Cost

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Even a brief blackout can be costly. Now California faces the experiment of finding what out happens economically when a modern metropolitan area goes without power — on purpose — for what could be days.

October 9, 2019
Government, Business

Automakers Facing Antitrust Probe to Meet With DOJ

Department of Justice building Four automakers are set to meet with the Justice Department the week of Sept. 30. (YingYang/Getty Images)

Automakers that are under U.S. antitrust scrutiny over an emissions agreement reached with California regulators are set to meet the week of Sept. 30 with the Justice Department, according to a person familiar with the matter.

David McLaughlin | Bloomberg News
September 27, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Heavy-Duty Truck Smog Inspection Program Bill Into Law

Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom by Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill that directs the California Air Resources Board and other state agencies to develop and implement a new smog inspection program for heavy-duty diesel on-road trucks.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 25, 2019