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The State Senate in California moved forward an important bill earlier this week that will help the state achieve a million electric vehicles on the road in the state. SB 1275—the Charge Ahead California Initiative—was passed yesterday by a vote of 27 to nine. As importantly, it was a bipartisan vote, which shows the vision of a million innovative, clean—and often union-made—electric cars, trucks, and buses on our roads over the next decade crosses party lines and is now that much closer to reality.

Electric vehicles are an ever-evolving and increasingly important part of our transportation mix. They’re also an economic opportunity. Electric vehicles don’t just make our air cleaner and reduce the pollution driving climate change, they help grow the market for innovative American-made cars and components.

Californians buy one-third of all electric vehicles in the U.S. The majority of these high tech EVs are made in America, and many are union made by workers at Ford and GM. From all-electric compacts to plug-in family sedans to luxury cars, electric vehicles and technology are made all across America for all kinds of American households.

The State Assembly will now have the opportunity to weigh in and say they too support this smart bill that will spur the growth in the electric vehicle segment. They should give this bill support and send it to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. From there, California will be just a signature away from building a stronger economic and environmental future for all.

Posted In: California, Auto

The following blog is by Zoe Lipman, Senior Policy Advisor for the BlueGreen Alliance.

I’d like to suggest we give cars for Mother’s Day. Since I don’t want to sound too self-serving here (please feel free to make mine something that goes from 0-60 in under 5 seconds!) I should clarify that I don’t mean this entirely literally.

Mother’s Day celebrates what we do together to launch each generation into a world where they can prosper and thrive. But lately it’s been easy to get a nagging feeling that we’ve taken some serious wrong turns. By contrast, however, the transformation that cars and the auto industry have undergone—in just the past few years—gives us some signposts for the road to a brighter future for parents and kids. 

Pictured right: Ford builds the gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric C-MAX in Michigan on one of the most flexible automotive assembly lines in the world. Department of Energy loans helped facilitate Ford’s $500M investment to retool the facility, which now employs over 5000 people. As the window sticker shows, the plug-in hybrid electric C-MAX Energi is rated at 100 mpge when running on primary battery power and 43 mpg should you need to use the gas engine. A concept version, significantly powered by solar panels is shown in back.

Mother’s Day is the right time to ask: What can we do to take the pressure off struggling families? To provide exciting job prospects for young people as they’re entering the workforce? To change the feeling we get just by looking out the window that we have done grave damage to the natural systems on which this generation and the ones to come will fundamentally depend. 

Oddly perhaps, we can take hope every time we pile into the much-maligned family sedan to run another errand, teach a teenager to parallel park a tiny commuter car, or put a load of power tools in the back of a pick-up truck. Every car, SUV, and light truck built since late 2011 is concrete (or high strength steel, turbocharged) proof that we can act together effectively to roll back climate change. Car by car we are cutting fuel use and carbon pollution from the average vehicle in half in just 15 years. This is the biggest step we’ve ever taken to cut carbon pollution and we’re making cars way better and saving families money at the same time. If we maintained this momentum across the economy, we would be well on our way to securing a stable, sustainable world for our children.

Pictured left: New standards for medium and heavy duty trucks are helping spur fuel and cost savings for truck owners as well, thanks to innovation by companies and workers at places like the Volvo Mack Powertrain plant in Hagerstown, MD.

These are family stories. Moms are building new more efficient gas, diesel and electric cars and running General Motors. Dads are building new materials and components, young people and their parents are getting new jobs in advanced engines, batteries, electronics, engineering and IT.But we aren’t just cutting pollution with each new car; we’re building a better economy. Today’s cars and trucks are vivid proof that we can throw decades of policies that sucked investment out of America into reverse. When we put strong fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards together with policies to help spur investment in building the most advanced transportation technology here, we galvanized a revival in innovation and manufacturing that has brought back hundreds of thousands of direct jobs and galvanized a much larger 21st century manufacturing revival. Now we’re looking at ways to make sure we capture the next generation of technology and jobs in trucks, buses, transit, rail, and infrastructure as well.

And we worked together to get there. While getting the casserole out of the trunk on Sunday, we can take a moment to reflect that our ride is proof that Democrats and Republicans, labor and business and environmentalists and economists can hammer out agreements and act decisively to build the kind of world we want our kids to live in—this is not pie in the sky, it’s Jeep in the underground parking garage. That’s what I want for Mother’s Day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted In: Auto

The following post is from Zoe Lipman, Senior Policy Advisory for the BlueGreen Alliance. 

 

On Wednesday, the BlueGreen Alliance was thrilled to see the Department of Energy announce over $16 Billion in loans available to aid manufacturers to build, expand or retool factories in the US to build advanced vehicle technology (here’s our press release).

Please share our infographic that captures the ATVM’s big benefits. Here’s a walk through those benefits and a few more reasons why the ATVM is good policy and good for America.


The first round of loans made by the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (or ATVM) Loan Program helped construct or modernize 15 factories to build state of the art efficient vehicles and added or saved over 35,000 jobs in eight states: California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, and Tennessee.

Ford Louisville Assembly Plant,  Photo: Sam Varnhagen, Ford Motor Co.

Ford Louisville Assembly Plant, Photo: Sam Varnhagen, Ford Motor Co.

This is what the ATVM looks like in practice >>>

ATVM loans helped Ford overhaul its Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky to build the new, far more efficient Ford Escape using a highly flexible manufacturing process. Ford added 3100 jobs at the plant while Kentucky suppliers added another 900 jobs building components to support Ford’s new vehicle. “It really makes us feel good about our future”, the plant manager, John Savona, said in 2012.

Now, streamlined ATVM processes make these loans more easily accessible, not just to automakers, but to the hundreds manufacturers making the technology that goes into improving fuel efficiency—advanced engines, powertrains, electronics, materials and many more.


Companies that benefit are located in communities all over the country

In 2011, the BlueGreen Alliance's partners the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation and the United Auto Workers published Supplying Ingenuity, which looked at the automotive manufacturing sector and found over 500 factories in 43 states that made components and technology that contribute to greater fuel economy, whether in advanced gasoline vehicles, hybrids or electrics. Even before the current automotive resurgence, those companies directly employed over 150,000 Americans and they are only part of the advanced automotive supply industry today. You can find out more about what advanced vehicle manufacturing means for jobs at www.DrivingGrowth.org.

Also….its wildly successful (and bipartisan)

In today’s partisan environment, it’s easy to forget that the ATVM was created in conjunction with the mandate for new fuel economy standards—part of the bipartisan 2007 Energy Bill signed into law by President Bush—and then strongly implemented by President Obama. Leaders on both sides of the aisle saw the critical importance to the US economy of not just buying and using—but building—the next generation of globally competitive transportation technology in the United States. And they were right. In part as a result of these sound policies, we are seeing a renaissance in the automotive sector which has added back 250,000 direct manufacturing jobs over the past four years and has underpinned growth in the US manufacturing sector for the first time in nearly two decades.

Meanwhile the DOE’s Loan Program Office’s portfolio of clean energy project investments (of which the ATVM is a part) has performed tremendously well for the American taxpayer. Its success rate—estimated at over 90 percent—is much higher than the venture capital firms it is sometimes compared to. Of the loan funds disbursed by the ATVM program, 97 percent have supported successful, job creating, advanced automotive investments that have anchored growth in U.S. communities. The taxpayer is doing well, and communities and businesses that depend on manufacturing are doing even better. Let’s keep moving forward!

Posted In: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, California, New York, Auto

Mike RobinsonThe following blog was originally posted on GM's Fast Lane blog. Read more about the workshop Mike Robinson took part in here.

Mike Robinson refers to himself as “fanatically pragmatic.”

During a panel at the annual Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference in Washington D.C., our vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs said GM looks at sustainability as a mainstream, long-term business strategy where decisions are driven by how to best take care of customers, employees and shareholders.

And since we’re running a business, these decisions need to make sense from a financial, people and environment perspective.

Mike was joined on his panel by representatives from International Paper, Alcoa and UPS to talk about sustainability and the bottom line.

The next wave of young professionals will come with a built-in sense of sustainability, as the generation has grown up with recycle bins at the curb.

When asked what big companies are looking for in new professionals, Mike said, “We look at it from the opposite perspective: Are we doing the best we can to attract the next generation of sustainability-oriented millennials? Because that’s what we stand for.”

On whether the auto industry itself is sustainable, he added that GM is looking at long-term demographics. With the middle class expected to double in size and consumers wanting more goods, societies will demand access.

This will require a level of integration among government and producers that doesn’t exist today, and it may mean less vehicles in some spaces and different vehicles in others. Necessity is the mother of invention, he said, and the industry in its current form is not sustainable.

Meanwhile, the company continues to apply efficiency fundamentals to not only its products, but also to how they are made. Mike discussed dedication to a clean economy through responsible manufacturing around the world.

He stated, “We do things we aren’t required to do. Seventy percent of our sales are outside the U.S., from plants in countries without regulation. We run those plants like they were in the U.S. You need to look long-term how to be a responsible corporate citizen.”

Posted In: Auto, Transportation

The following blog is by Zoe Lipman, Senior Policy Advisor for the BlueGreen Alliance. 

It’s been a great year for the auto industry. The cars are better than ever, U.S. plants are still adding shifts, and sales are at levels not seen since 2007. What’s more, we can all feel good because the industry’s success isn’t just driven by the economic recovery, it’s been a big part of driving that recovery. 

The mood at the Detroit auto show this year was accordingly upbeat but surprisingly modest. Many of the flashy high tech model announcements have happened over the previous couple years and, as one GM exec said as we were discussing the active grille shutters* on a Buick Lacrosse, “now we’re just driving all these innovations throughout the product line.” Hardly ‘just’! 

Pictured left: Checking out the new UAW-built luxury electric Cadillac ELR in Detroit with Ruben Flores of the UAW. 

Similarly, we were all like whatever, when Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled out its annual update to fueleconomy.gov last month. At fueleconomy.gov you can compare fuel economy between vehicles of any type and any year, and it always includes a listing of the most efficient vehicles in every size class (compact, midsize, small station wagon etc). This year, the most efficient vehicles in six out of the eight car categories got more than 100mpg! And so far as I can tell, no one noticed. 

We are in a whole new world. We’ve already taken it for granted and that’s big news. It’s here to stay.

But let’s get back to the auto shows. The Detroit show has just wrapped up but the DC auto show is happening now, so those in DC have until February 2 to see what’s new in auto. Here are my highlights from an all too quick walk through the North American International Auto Show in Detroit: 

  • EVs, and innovation, everywhere: It’s hard to imagine that just 5 years ago, at the 2009 show, there was huge buzz about electric cars, but only one—the luxury Tesla Roadster sports car was out on the road. The first mass market EV—the Chevy Volt—arrived in dealerships in 2010, with others following shortly thereafter. 
  • We’ve seen a proliferation of options across the continuum from very efficient gasoline engines to all electric. In 2009, there was the conventional hybrid Prius, today there are 4 Prii—several hybrids, a plug-in hybrid electric, and a solely electric RAV4. But the same is true of Foci and Chevyi and BMWii. At its innovative newly retooled plant in Wayne, Michigan, Ford builds the Ford Focus and Ford CMAX with different types of powertrains on the same flexible assembly line, turning out these vehicles with high-efficiency gasoline engines, as hybrids, plug in hybrid electric vehicles or electric-only. 
  • Meanwhile…new trucks, and other big, powerful, fuel-efficient things: And let’s be clear, the auto innovation is taking place across every type of vehicle. Five years ago the Ford F150 was the best-selling vehicle in America. It still is. But now its ten percent more fuel efficient and more powerful. Ford gets kudos for its display in Detroit complete with manufacturing robots showing its new all-aluminum body which will shave 700 pounds off the weight of the 2015 model to take fuel economy and performance improvements even further. Meanwhile, the 2014 Chevy Silverado won the auto show’s “truck of the year” and boasts new more efficient EcoTech gas engine (cylinder deactivation!) and an impressive range of wireless utility, safety and communications functions, while the new Ram 1500 brings a high tech diesel engine (compacted graphite iron!) back to the half-ton pickup market. To deliver these new trucks, aluminum companies like Novelis and Alcoa have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in plants in New York, Iowa and Tennessee to meet growing automotive aluminum demand, while steel companies innovate in high strength steel and others produce carbon fiber

So whether you’re going to head over to the DC auto show to check out the aerodynamic underpanels in the Dodge Dart, or you prefer the Audi R8 (it was good enough for Iron Man), the Kia Soul hamsters (definitely in D.C. last year), or the Jeep Grand Cherokee (hear from the people who make it), the current automotive renaissance means is that there’s innovation—and big fuel savings—for everyone, and it’s worth taking a moment to notice.  

 

*Active grill shutters are louvers behind the front grill that open at low speeds or when the engine needs cooling but close at high speeds to improve aerodynamics and therefore, fuel economy.

**That’s after the federal rebate, but without accounting for the fact that they will only cost a $1/gallon to fill up.

***DC gets a little short changed in the luxury segment this year. Tesla doesn’t usually show up at the DC auto show, but you can walk a few blocks to the Tesla show room on 11th street if you want to take a look. The EV BMWi3 will be in DC, but, unfortunately for those of us who have a weakness gull wings, we won’t see the electric BMWi8

 

 

Posted In: Auto

The following blog—written by Susan Diegelman, Director of Public Affairs for AT&T—was originally posted on the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Meeting Point blog. 

What if your car could provide you with real-time information to help you make more eco-friendly choices—choices that lessen the environmental impact of your car while not changing your driving experience?  Connected cars—cars equipped with high-speed Internet access—have the capability to do that and more. Aptly described as "smartphones with wheels," connected cars include sophisticated telematics and infotainment systems that can enhance safety, security, and functionality, as well as reduce the impact that motor vehicles have on the environment.

At the upcoming Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference, now in its seventh year, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about these connected cars in a panel titled, "'Connected' Cars are Cleaner Cars," occurring on Monday, February 10 from 3:40-5:10 p.m. This year’s conference theme is "Repair America," with a focus on repairing the infrastructures and systems we all rely on to ensure the health and safety of our communities while addressing climate change. Connected cars offer opportunities for “greener” transportation through reducing fuel consumption and emissions and can be viewed as one near-term solution to our nation’s energy challenge.

In recent years, advances in broadband and wireless technologies, coupled with the expansion of our country's networks, have resulted in game-changing Internet capabilities to many mobile devices, starting with our mobile phones. Now, automakers are quite literally taking this show on the road, and the resulting innovations are making our cars both greener and cleaner. "Smart" vehicles offer seamless networking and communication between these cars and other vehicles on the road, drivers' and passengers' personal mobile devices, and the infrastructure itself. For example, connected cars can communicate with other cars, alert drivers to risks they can't see, send warnings about weather or road conditions, and send and receive information between traffic signals and special traffic zones—and all of these capabilities are now possible by a robust system of IP-enabled broadband networks.

The most impressive capability offered by these innovative vehicles is their role in reducing environmental impact. In 2011, Americans wasted 2.9 billion gallons of fuel due to congestion in urban areas. However, on-board diagnostic systems in connected cars can collect relevant data on acceleration and braking and help individual drivers optimize fuel efficiency, avoid congested roadways, and eliminate unnecessary stops. Specialized mobile apps can additionally monitor the condition of the car and check for needed maintenance, helping to ensure safety as well as prime engine efficiency. When people have access to information that helps them understand the impact of their decisions on the environment, most will choose the eco-friendly option. At the same time, an aggregate view of anonymous data may help manufacturers make broad-scale changes to reduce the environmental impact of cars in the future.

Our country's IP-enabled broadband networks make all of this possible. In the near future, this vital infrastructure will bring us more options for eco-friendly living and new jobs. And, soon enough, it may turn out that the ultimate mobile device is actually the car.

Posted In: Auto, Broadband

In her first major policy speech, new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy highlighted how important protecting the environment and health of Americans is to our economy, saying, "For too long we have been focused on a false choice: between the health of our children and the health of our economy — and we have endlessly debated that choice even in the face of 43 years of documented history that proved that it just ain’t so. Today, the truth we need to embrace is that cutting carbon pollution will spark business innovation, will grow jobs, and will strengthen the economy."

The EPA has proposed the “Tier 3 Standards” for cleaner gasoline — a set of rules to cut tailpipe emissions and clean up the fuel that we put in our cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles. The EPA estimates the cleaner gasoline standards could prevent between 820 and 2,400 premature deaths annually and prevent 1.8 million lost school or work days.

These standards represent a significant opportunity to improve the quality of life for Americans across the country and create good jobs by making the fuels we use in our cars, trucks and commercial vehicles cleaner. As we have seen time and again in the automobile industry and other industries, investment in pollution reduction technologies leads to gains in efficiency and job creation. Please join us in supporting these important new protections.

America’s working families deal firsthand with the impacts of dirty air in terms of missed work and school days, increased medical costs, and long-term health effects. Cars release approximately 333 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, which is 20 percent of the world's total, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. The implementation costs of the Tier 3 program, however, will be greatly offset by savings in health costs alone, in addition to improving quality of life for all Americans.

While helping to protect Americans, cleaner fuels will also create new jobs at refineries — installing and operating sulfur reduction equipment — and in the automotive sector developing and manufacturing cleaner vehicles. Upgrading refineries could create more than 20,000 construction jobs and more than 5,000 jobs in refinery operations in the first three years of implementation.

Cleaner air isn’t going to happen without standards that mandate cleaner fuels. Smart policies like these will contribute significantly to healthier families, cleaner skies, a strong auto industry and more opportunity for workers throughout the economy. Let’s create good jobs and reduce pollution by moving America to cleaner gasoline.

Posted In: Auto, Clean Energy, Climate Change

We here at the BlueGreen Alliance were really pleased to announce that General Motors (GM) has joined the growing number of businesses that have become members of our Corporate Advisory Council. The council features a diverse group of companies — from some of the largest companies in the world to small, family-owned businesses and startups — that work together on joint projects to advance job creation and environmental performance. 

GM takes sustainability seriously. Their latest sustainability report focuses on addressing climate change, increasing the number of fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, and reducing the company’s carbon footprint. In fact, GM reported reducing energy use seven percent and carbon emissions five percent since 2010; increased landfill-free facilities to 105 and reduced total waste eight percent since 2010; and announced a commitment to reduce average U.S. fleet carbon dioxide emissions 15 percent by 2016.  

Earlier this year, GM’s chairman, Dan Akerson, called on the Obama administration to develop a cohesive, consumer-driven national energy policy. GM also was the first automaker and industrial manufacturer to sign the Climate Declaration, a statement from Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition.  

Mike Robinson is the vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs at General Motors and in the video below he talks about how the company is taking climate change and sustainability seriously and how a collaborative effort is needed to truly address our challenges. 

GM’s commitment to building more fuel-efficient vehicles is vitally important. Not just for our environment or tackling climate change, but also for our workers now and our economic future. In our report, Gearing Up: Smart Standards Create Good Jobs Building Cleaner Cars, we found that the fuel standards for 2017-2025 put in place by the Obama administration — and supported by GM, other automakers, unions, and environmental organizations — will create an estimated 570,000 jobs (full-time equivalent) throughout the U.S. economy, including 50,000 in light-duty vehicle manufacturing (parts and vehicle assembly) by the year 2030. By 2030, we also find a net increase of about $75 billion in our annual Gross Domestic Product (all monetary values in 2010 dollars).  

The truth is, sustainability is good business. GM and the other members of our Corporate Advisory Council understand this and that’s why we’re so proud to have them on our team.

Posted In: Auto

The following post, by David Foster, is cross-posted from GM's Blog Beyond Now.

Last month, President Obama laudably committed his Administration to take significant action toward cutting carbon pollution, transitioning to renewable and improving efficiency in order to combat climate change. One measure he stated as key to curbing our carbon footprint were strong vehicle efficiency and pollution standards – a measure already embraced by America’s leading auto manufacturers.

These standards, which will nearly double America’s light duty vehicle fuel efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025, are one of the single largest actions taken to date by the Obama Administration, and will result in an estimated 12 billion barrels of oil saved, 6 billion fewer tons of carbon dioxide, and as BlueGreen Alliance published in a landmark report last year, more than 570,000 jobs created by 2030 in the auto industry and throughout the U.S. economy.

These actions demonstrate the true meaning of leadership – bold, decisive, and effective. General Motors has responded to the call by deploying a variety of conventional and advanced vehicles, like the fuel-sipping Chevy Cruze and plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt, to deliver the high-performance, high-efficiency cars that consumers demand in the marketplace.

GM is a committed leader to sustainability in growing, impactful ways – both on and off the showroom floor. They understand that leadership demonstrated by our elected officials must be complemented by innovation and follow-through in the private sector as well.

On their sustainability website, GM outlines not only their progress towards an efficient and advanced model line-up, but also towards reducing energy use, recycling waste and ramping up renewables throughout their operations.

Among these initiatives:

  • Deploying 500,000 U.S. vehicles with some form of electrification by 2017. These models today include the Chevrolet Volt, Spark EV and Buick LaCrosseRegalChevrolet Malibu and Impala with eAssist.
  • Doubling the number of models that achieve 40-mpg highway or better by 2017.
  • Reducing their average U.S. fleet carbon dioxide emissions 15 percent by 2016 and their European fleet by 27 percent by 2020.
  • Committing to energy management and renewable energy sources, having reduced their carbon intensity by 5 percent since 2010, putting them well on track to a 20 percent reduction commitment by 2020.
  • Employment of more than 60 megawatts (MW) of solar, landfill gas and biomass energy at its facilities – almost halfway to its 125 megawatt renewable energy goal. These initiatives are also good for the bottom line – avoiding $66 million in energy costs since 2010.
  • An industry-leading 105 facilities that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations. GM generates about $1 billion in revenue annually by recycling and reusing 90 percent of its manufacturing waste worldwide, and many of these facilities are entirely landfill-free.

Leadership. President Obama has displayed it throughout his two terms in office, and especially last month in committing to tackle climate change in meaningful ways. Through their actions, GM is taking on a leadership mantle in the private sector to help deliver on these promises, and ensuring a fiscally sound and environmentally sustainable company in the process.

Posted In: Auto

The following blog is from Lisa Hoyos, California Director of the BlueGreen Alliance 

With the announcement that there have been over 100,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids sold in the U.S., it’s clear that there are more and more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. One of the reasons for that growth is that federal, state and local units of government are taking action to promote and create the infrastructure necessary for these vehicles to flourish. 

Let’s focus on some state and local actions that are promoting EVs. Communities in California, in particular, are at the forefront of policies that are driving growth. Many communities have built up the infrastructure needed to charge vehicles, but as more and more people choose EVs, that changes where and how many charging stations are needed. One example is the discussion that recently happened in Santa Clara County, where County Supervisors are looking to shape a public policy to allow more electric vehicle chargers — a key component to achieving wide-spread use of these types of vehicles. In Los Gatos, new rules are being considered for parking at electric charging stations due to the increased demand from the public. 

There are also ancillary benefits beyond the environmental ones to communities choosing to invest now in technology that supports electric powered vehicles. As we build more charging infrastructure for these vehicles, we also create good jobs for workers in a number of sectors, including those manufacturing the components for the chargers and the electricians and skilled tradespeople who install and maintain them. 

At the state level, an executive order from former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will also have a big impact in helping the EV market. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program establishes a statewide goal to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. The action will greatly help the state’s efforts to clean our air and reduce greenhouse gases that are fueling climate change. It’s also clear that moving to this standard will also create even more consumer interest in cars and motorcycles powered by electricity. 

Right now, the California Air Resources Board is determining how the Low Carbon Fuel Standard will be implemented. The BlueGreen Alliance is working in the state to make sure the standard is done in a way that ensures that California refineries reduce the carbon intensity of fuel and their own carbon emissions. This will require job-creating investments in alternative fuels and industrial energy efficiency at refineries. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard will also spur more investment in electric vehicles. 

Electric vehicles are starting to become an important part of our clean energy future. With the right federal, state and local policies, we can help with this transition to cleaner vehicles. Through the use of tax incentives to the act of scaling up charging infrastructure, our vehicles are starting to become cleaner. And, that’s a good thing for our economy and a great thing for our environment. 

Posted In: California, Auto
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