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California may soon ban vehicles powered by combustion engines

Bloomberg recently published a report regarding the banning of vehicles with internal combustion engines in California. Air Resources chairman of the board Mary Nichols said state officials have already stated their interest in putting an end to the sales of pollution-causing automobiles in a bid for cleaner air.

California is considered amongst the most environmentally-aware states, accounting for over 2 million of car sales, in the entire US in the previous year. Following the recent announcements made by other countries, Nichols went on by saying that Governor Jerry Brown had been sending messages concerning his thoughts on the issue. Brown is in fact one of the most plain-spoken US officials who has expressed strong interest in combating climate change.

If ICE vehicles are to be banned in California, Nichols thinks the current administration will not approve of it if done via an EPA waiver. That, in spite it is legal for them to do so. Nichols added it is more feasible by imposing new vehicle registration guidelines instead. However, she also said that the earliest implementation of such ban may be at least ten years from now.

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Customers can lease Hyundai Ioniq EV for a low $275 per month

Hyundai revealed that it is offering customers more options to drive the Ioniq EV. Back in November, the brand revealed that it was offering a subscription plan and now it has disclosed just how much this will cost.

The lowest appears to be a monthly fee of $275 plus tax for a total of 36 months. However, it does require you to put in a down payment amounting to $2,500. But if you happen to buy the Ioniq EV in California, the state offers a rebate totaling $2,500. This makes sense considering that Hyundai will only be making this subscription plan available in California. Take note though that it will not cover the entire state as for now it will only include three counties: Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles. The brand did say that later this year this subscription will be offered in San Diego and Northern California.

There will be three trims offered. The base model is the Electric trim. The other two are Limited, which costs $305 plus tax, and the Limited with the Ultimate Package, offered at $365 plus tax. Assuming that all trims will have the “zero-money” down initiation fee plus the fact that customers will be required to get a three-year subscription, this means that Electric trim can go as high as $9,900. For the Limited it will be $10,980, and the Ultimate Package will come at $13,140.

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Ordinance filed at Tesla’s hometown requires new houses to use solar panels

California has a resourceful goal of having all new homes produce "zero net energy" by the year 2020, it roughly translates to producing at least as much energy as they can consume. Now the Elon Musk-headed company is no longer only selling electric vehicles, but renewable energy sources as well. And now Tesla has its only production factory in the city of Fremont.

The California-based energy company is venturing on a new business by the latter part of this year- the solar roof business, and this further undertaking will be initially observed at the homes located in the vicinity of the company's main factory. This is all due to the ordinance passed by the city council of Fremont, California on May 2 that firmly requires newly constructed houses and apartment complexes to install solar roof panels. The decision will work with a measure dating back from October that will require new construction to install mandatory wiring to be able to charge electric vehicles. The prescribed solar cell size will differ based on the size of the structure, and the ordinance necessitates an installation location that augments exposure to the sun.

Rachel DiFranco, Fremont's sustainability coordinator, said that they have over 5,000 electric vehicle drivers found in Fremont and they would like to observe if the drivers preferring an electric vehicle would increase and double over the next handful of years. Moreover, there’s also a call to obtain permission to install the cells found on the ground or one can utilize a wind turbine as a substitute. The state's building standards and energy commissions urge to approve the plan before all of it becomes official while this ordinance is through the city government. The process may take a few months, according to the local East Bay Times newspaper.

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Uber was very thrilled that it was finally testing its self-driving vehicles in California. However, the thrill failed to last long, as regulators in the state seek to stop the company from doing such tests due to lack of necessary permits. To make matters worse, two of Uber’s self-driving vehicles were caught running red light in San Francisco, California.

Uber has been running its ride-hailing operations in San Francisco – where its headquarters is also located – since 2011. It recently ventured into self-driving ride-hailing vehicles, which made their debut in September 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After a few months, Uber commenced operations of its self-driving vehicles in San Francisco this week using camera-fitted Volvo XC90 seven-seater SUVs. Uber’s XC90 units are very fairly easy to notice to recognize thanks to the prominent mount on its rooftop. Uber’s self-driving rides could be good news, considering that the autonomous vehicle has been becoming a key point of future mobility. But maybe not for Uber.

It turned out that Uber failed to – or more so intently didn’t – secure any permit from the state of California to bring its self-driving Volvo XC90 units on the streets for testing. Companies wishing to have their autonomous or self-driving vehicles ply the streets in California need to secure permit to do so from the state, in particular from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). According to DMV, such permit need to be secured in order to ensure public safety as autonomous technology is being tested.

Read the entire article Uber’s self-driving rides in California hit brakes over permit issue and red light violations

Black Friday is often regarded as a great day for consumers in a number of areas in the United States, including California. This is particularly because on this specific day of the year – a day just after Thanksgiving – companies are racing to offer the lowest prices and the best deals available.

A Fiat dealership – Orange Coast Fiat in Costa Mesa, California -- is riding on this wave by offering the new Fiat 500e all-electric hatchback for lease for just $49 per month. Yes, the good people of California could avail of this lease for less than $50 a month, good for 36 months. Additional good news is that those who availed of this lease don’t have to shell out anything as a down payment.

However, this promo is only a “Limited Inventory” lease, which means only a few units will be available. Of course, this promo is – so far – available only at Orange Coast Fiat and there has been no news yet of other Fiat dealers offering a similar deal. Orange Coast Fiat’s Limited Inventory $49 per month lease deal for the new Fiat 500e all-electric hatchback is available from November 25 (Black Friday) to November 27.

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Does the future of heavy-duty hauling involve hydrogen cells? Too early to say for now, but it is not impossible. In fact, this possibility is being researched on by one of the pioneers of hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles in the world – Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor Corp.

Interestingly, Toyota’s first fuel cell vehicle now out in the auto market is called Mirai, which is derived from the Japanese term for “future.” In a sense, the Mirai jumpstarts Toyota’s battle-cry for the future of mobility. The Mirai also expresses the carmaker’s confidence that consumers would accept hydrogen as a clean fuel alternative in the next five years.

The Mirai employs the so-called Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS) that boasts of the combination of fuel cell technology and hybrid technology, making use fuel cell (FC) stack, high-pressure hydrogen tanks and FC boost converter. This FCV could be completely refilled with hydrogen in around three minutes and that already allows the Mirai to travel up to a distance of around 300 km or 186 miles.

Read the entire article Toyota will launch California study on feasibility of fuel cell-powered semi-trailer trucks

Ford Motor Co. chief executive Mark Fields was set to announce the opening of the Ford Research & Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, located almost 3 miles from Stanford University. Ford is one of the many carmakers that have set up r&d centers in Silicon Valley, like Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volkswagen Group – usually to tap the area’s talented engineers and/or collaborate with tech giants like Apple, Google and Intel.

Ford has been present in Silicon Valley since January 2012, when it opened a 10-personnel office at another location in Palo Alto to work on big data and open-source computing.

The new Ford Research & Innovation Center means more people working for the carmaker. In fact, Ford’s internal job listings have 16 open positions in Palo Alto -- engineers, researchers and programmers.

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Father and son Olivier and Sammy Wasem have filed a lawsuit in San Mateo County Superior Court against Facebook and Ferrari S.p.A., alleging that the companies have collaborated to illegally seize control of the fan pages in the social media site. The Wasems and Ferrari are also currently embroiled in a legal battle over their "Ferrari Fan Page" and a “Formula 1 Vision” page.

They are claiming that Ferrari took the fan pages with Facebook's knowledge and substantial assistance. They are also claiming that launching their fan page in June 2008, Ferrari created its own, but wasn’t as popular. They said this prompted Ferrari to ask Facebook to give it administrative control over the Ferrari Fan Page.

Ferrari then contacted the Wasems in March 2009, saying that “legal issues” had forced it to take over administration of their page, according to Automotive News. The Wasems also claim after the Ferrari co-administrator was added sans their permission, the carmaker began negotiating over a partnership to manage the fan page and create a Formula 1 page.

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The governor of the state of California, Jerry Brown, is targeting to have 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the roads in the next decade as part of his charge against climate change. Brown has already signed 11 bills related to global warming into laws – adding 15,000 permits allowing such vehicles to use car-pool lanes.

The new laws also provides rebates to low-income residents to entice them to purchase cleaner cars while require cities and counties to speed up permits for residential solar-panel installations.

The laws also require the state to concoct a plan to fight short-lived pollutants like methane. Brian Wynne, the president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, told in a phone interview that Brown has taken the fight against climate change to heart.

Read the entire article California governor wants 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the roads by next decade

California has issued its first 29 permits this week to Google Inc., Mercedes-Benz and Audi allowing them to test self-driving cars on public roads, state officials disclosed. Google Inc. were given permits to test 25 adapted Lexus SUVs, while Mercedes and Audi were provided two permits each.

According to Bernard Soriano of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Audi was the first to apply for the permits, followed by Mercedes parent Daimler and Google. He disclosed that some carmakers and first-tier automotive suppliers are also in the process of filing for the permits.

While self-driven car testing has been conducted in the state for several years without the permits, its legislature has already required companies to secure before they could run their test cars on public roads. For companies to receive permits, test drivers must be able to take command of an autonomous vehicle at any time.

Read the entire article California issues 29 permits for testing self-driving cars on public roads

Around two-fifths of the rechargeable cars in the United States were sold in California during the period December 2010 to August 2014, according to the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, citing figures from the California Air Resources Board, Hybridcars.com and Baum & Associates.

During the period, California drivers acquired 102,440 hybrid and battery-only – roughly 40 percent of the total 250,000 rechargeable cars sold in the US, according to industry researcher Baum. Since 1970s, California has been urging carmakers to offer vehicles with lower tailpipe emissions in order to reduce smog and uplift the state’s air quality.

The state in 2009 established more stringent standards requiring cars emitting less carbon pollution under its Zero-Emission Vehicle program. The standards have prompted carmakers like General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc. to develop and produce a new generation of plug-in models.

Read the entire article California accounts for 40% of rechargeable cars sold in the US

The state of California is revamping its incentive program as a response to criticism that its rebates sometimes serves as a windfall for the rich. The California Legislature recently passed a bill phasing out EV rebates for wealthy buyers. The bill also offers new incentives for low-income car owners who scrap their cars and instead use public transit or join a car-sharing service.

Max Baumhefner, an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, remarked that the income cap is meant to make sure that the program is “in the black while not undermining progress” toward the California’s EV goals.

Around a third of the EVs sold in the United States are sold in California, where the about 100,000 EV owners receive a few incentives like the use of carpool lanes. Aside from the legislation, large carmakers also have to deal to stiffer regulations requiring a certain percentage of the vehicles they sell to be zero-emission vehicles, or ZEVs.

Read the entire article California overhauls incentive program for electric vehicles, rich people beware

Financial incentives are being proposed by California lawmakers in a bid to persuade Tesla Motors Inc. to build its battery gigafactory in the state. Already based in California, Tesla has trimmed down the number of possible locations for $5 billion lithium-ion battery plant to a couple of states – California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Once operational, Tesla’s plant will employ around 6,500 workers. The bill was introduced by California Democratic state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg along with Republican state Senator Ted Gaines." Steinberg remarked that the gigafactory would help California achieve the dual goals of strengthening its economy and fostering more clean technology and renewable energy.

The bill will have to be approved by a two-thirds majority vote from both houses of the legislature before it can be passed. The bill is aimed at expediting approval processes for breaking ground on the factory and offering Tesla a series of tax cuts.

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The seventh round of the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship will occur at Long Beach, California, on April 4, 2015. The race, to be known as the Long Beach ePrix, will be one of the two parts of the Legacy Programme that provides free access to fans.

The program is aimed at attracting university students from the proximate areas to appeal to a new generation of race fans as well as to promote the EV industry. Formula E is the FIA’s new open-wheel championship that uses electric race cars that could cruise 150mph and beyond.

So far, 10 teams have confirmed their participation, including Michael Andretti’s Andretti Autosport and Jay Penske’s Dragon Racing. Each team is allowed to field two drivers. Four racers have been announced, including Lucas di Grassi of Audi Sport Abt Formula E Team and Jaime Alguersuari of Virgin Racing Formula E Team.

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Tesla Motors Inc. will receive fewer California environmental credits for each Model S sold as the state overhauls its zero-emission vehicle program. Tesla sold $129.8 million in ZEV credits to other carmakers in 2013. Under the new program, Tesla will initially receive only four credits per car sold in California and states following its rules – down seven per unit sold in 2013, according to California’s Air Resources Board.

The credit rule change, which was deferred from October and posted on April 3, comes after the board underscored in 2013 the need to ensure the state grant ZEV credits according to only on how advanced vehicles are actually used, instead of their theoretical capabilities.

Some carmakers had remarked that Tesla was receiving more credits than it deserved as it failed to comply with the rapid-refueling requirement, the board said last year. The board said that maximum credits per emission-free vehicle sold in the state surged to from seven to nine and will only be granted only to vehicles with long driving ranges and with refueling time of 15 minutes or less.

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The senior vice president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, Bob Carter, is confident that fuel-cell powered vehicles will appeal to consumers quicker than expected. During a press conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Carter said he expects strong demand for fuel-cell vehicles in California.

"Hydrogen-powered vehicles will be in our future much faster than many people believe, and in much greater numbers," he said during the conference.

Toyota will start selling the FCV concept it unveiled at the Tokyo auto show in October 2013 in early 2015. Soichiro Okudaira, chief of Toyota's r&d group, told Automotive News Europe in December 2013 that the company aims to sell 5,000 to 10,000 FCVs globally. However, Toyota has yet to disclose sales goals for individual regions.

Read the entire article Toyota expects strong demand for fuel cell vehicles in California

A November 15, 2013, garage fire in South California may have been due to an overheated charging system in a Tesla Model S, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The Orange County fire department said the Tesla-supplied charging system or the connection at the electricity panel on the wall on the garage may have caused the fire.

"The fire occurred as a result of an electrical failure in the charging system for an electric vehicle," said a report by the fire authority, a copy of which Reuters managed to obtain.

While the report emphasized that the cause of the fire is unclear, it said that the most probable cause is a high resistance connection at the wall socket or the Universal Mobile Connector from the Tesla charging system" plugged into a 240-volt wall socket.

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Tesla Motors Inc. was the biggest seller of zero-emission vehicle credits in California in the period covering Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013, while Toyota Motor Corp. was the biggest trader of hybrid-car credit trades, according to a report by the California Air Resources Board. According to the report, Tesla transferred 1,311.52 ZEV credits in the period, 32 times the figure of Suzuki Motor Corp.

On the other hand, Toyota transferred 507.5 AT PZEV credits, generated by its Prius hybrid. General Motors Co., meanwhile, acquired the same number of PZEV credits. According to Dave Clegern, a spokesman for California Air Resources Board, all carmakers covered by the program are “in compliance and that to us is the goal.”

California, which has authority to establish pollution conventions considered as more stern than US standards, is requiring carmakers to sell electric or other non-polluting vehicles in proportion to their market share in the state, with an aim to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

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With the production of the iconic Volkswagen T2 camper van scheduled to end in Brazil later this year, its spirit will sure live on with the latest generation of Volkswagen campers – the California SE and California Beach. The rear-engined Volkswagen T2 camper van joined the carmaker’s Transporter line-up in 1951, but only rose to fame almost a decade after when the free-spirited generation of the 1960s was quick to adopt it.

It quickly became a cult symbol of an alternative lifestyle – becoming an epitome of independent travel. The Volkswagen California – available in SE and Beach versions – is inspired by the Volkswagen T2 camper van but is built to cater to the needs and wants of today’s consumers.

It also boasts of a sophisticated design to provide new levels of comfort, performance and safety – primarily thanks to its purpose-built design and superb engineering.

Read the entire article Legacy of VW T2 camper van continues with California campers
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