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Think Electric Vehicles Are Great Now? Just Wait…

We are living through the S-curve of EV adoption. The total number of EVs on global roads surpassed 3 million in 2018, a 50% increase over 2016, according to the IEA. In November Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling small/midsize luxury sedan in the U.S; and Model S sales (26,700, year to date) outsold Mercedes-Benz S Class, BMW 6- and 7-Series, and Audi A8 combined, according to industry-tracker goodcarbadcar.net.

Wall Street Journal / 01.02.2019

Why Trump Can’t Kill the Electric Car

The electric vehicle revolution, after years of hype that outpaced reality, finally seems to be taking off in the United States. The best five months for plug-in sales in American history have been the past five months. Tesla’s Model 3 has been one of America’s top five selling passenger cars this fall, surging ahead of fossil-fueled mainstays like the Ford Fusion and Nissan Sentra. The U.S. put its 1 millionth electric vehicle on the road in September, not a large chunk of the nation’s 260 million vehicles, but not too shabby considering production started only in 2010

Politico / 12.14.2018

The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules

In Congress, on Facebook and in statehouses nationwide, Marathon Petroleum, the country’s largest refiner, worked with powerful oil-industry groups and a conservative policy network financed by the billionaire industrialist Charles G. Koch to run a stealth campaign to roll back car emissions standards, a New York Times investigation has found.

New York Times / 12.14.2018

Colorado adopts California emissions standards

Colorado has adopted emission rules for cars and small trucks that incorporate California standards. Friday's vote by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission enacts an executive order by Gov. John Hickenlooper. With the vote, Colorado joins several other states in moving pre-emptively to avoid any weakening of federal emissions standards by the Donald Trump administration.

Associated Press / 11.19.2018

California Has a Posse in Tug-of-War With Trump Over Electric Cars

This is what environmental diplomacy looks like under President Donald Trump, with powerful state-level regulators, local political leaders, and activists quietly conferring over how to counteract the federal attempt to roll back carbon dioxide limits on cars and trucks. If California has emerged as the unofficial leader of the environmental opposition, with an alternative vision for requiring increased sales of electric vehicles, then the 73-year-old Nichols is the de facto field commander.

Bloomberg NewsThis is what environmental diplomacy looks like under President Donald Trump, with powerful state-level regulators, local political leaders, and activists quietly conferring over how to counteract the federal attempt to roll back carbon dioxide limits on cars and trucks. If California has emerged as the unofficial leader of the environmental opposition, with an alternative vision for requiring increased sales of electric vehicles, then the 73-year-old Nichols is the de facto field commander. / 10.29.2018

Governor Brown, Attorney General Becerra and CARB Chair Nichols Lead National Coalition Demanding Trump Administration Withdraw Proposal to Eliminate Nation’s Clean Car Standards

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General Xavier Becerra and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary Nichols – leading a coalition of 21 attorneys general and the cities of Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York – today filed formal written comments demanding the Trump Administration’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) withdraw their dangerous and misguided proposal to eliminate the national Clean Car Standards. The comments submitted today include rigorous legal and technical analyses highlighting the consumer, climate and public health benefits of the current achievable standards and the federal proposal’s numerous flaws, use of faulty assumptions, incorrect modeling, cherry-picked data and fundamental misunderstanding of consumer behavior.

California Air Resources Board / 10.29.2018

The ‘Queen of Green’s’ Coming Bout With Trump

In her second tour as the powerful chair of the California Air Resources Board, Mary D. Nichols is the tip of the spear in her state’s effort to block the Trump administration’s proposals to freeze federal fuel-economy and auto-emissions standards through 2026, and to rescind California’s long-standing ability to set its own, tougher rules—rules also followed by 13 other states that together account for a third of the American market for new automobiles.

The Atlantic / 10.02.2018

California defies Trump on climate change with new car emissions rules

Defying the Trump administration on climate change, California’s air-pollution agency ruled Friday that automakers must comply with the state’s strict rules on greenhouse gases if they want to continue selling cars here. The California Air Resources Board approved a regulation that will significantly curtail carbon spewed by new cars sold in the state, beginning in 2021.

Sacramento Bee / 09.28.2018