Good news for California electric vehicle drivers! SB454, the EV Open Access Act, has passed out of the California Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. SB454 allows consumers with plug-in cars the same access to charging stations that gas stations provide gasoline cars. In other words, EV drivers will soon be able to charge anywhere, at rates that are clearly marked, and without the need for special membership.
“This bill will ensure that plug-in drivers can charge everywhere and will know what it will cost,” said Jay Friedland, Plug In America’s Legislative Director. “Public charging spots must be readily accessible to the public and not constrained with access cards or network membership requirements.”
Currently, EV drivers are required to obtain access cards for charging stations. The new bill would allow anyone with an electric vehicle to charge their car and pay with their regular credit card. The bill also requires pricing transparency so that drivers know costs associated with particular charging stations. Since 2010, the charging industry has made significant progress installing EV charging infrastructure.
“A sustainable vehicle charging infrastructure is an important part of the road to electric transportation. Greater consumer confidence in public charging will speed acceptance of EVs by ensuring that drivers will know how much charging will cost them,” Friedland added. “A straightforward, sound set of principles that builds off the best practice standards already being set by leading charging companies will strengthen and increase the size of the market, especially as the number of vehicles continues to grow at an accelerating pace.” Continue reading →
According to the Los Angeles Times article the Honda Civic’s two-year reign is over; the Prius is now King in California. Even though the Ford F-series is still America’s favorite vehicle, eco-conscious Cali is driving the Toyota Prius more than any other car.
The margin between California and the rest of the country is still rather large; the Prius didn’t even make it into the top 10 cars Americans drive. Perhaps a large reason that Californians prefer the various Prius models, and have a disdain for trucks, has something to do with long commutes and rising gas prices. Whether the preference is due to environmental reasons or just practical ones, we are still proud of this data.
Toyota Prius V on display at the 22nd Annual EMA Awards
The Toyota Prius is the best-selling car in California, the state that buys more cars than any in the country.
Emily VanCamp arrives at the 22nd Annual EMA Awards in a Prius
According to data from Experian Automotive, by the end of September, Toyota had sold over 46,000 Priuses in California. Of those, about 6,000 were the Prius C, a less expensive compact version with a smaller engine, and about 7,600 were the Prius V, a wagon version with more cargo space. The remainders were the standard Prius and the Prius Plug-in, which has a battery that can be charged from an electrical outlet.
According to CNN.com, not only is California the nation’s biggest car market, it’s also the biggest market for alternative fuel cars, including hybrids, plug-in cars, diesels and natural gas cars.
If you live in California, you’re going to be seeing a lot of the number 37 from now until November. Prop 37 is the initiative that will appear on ballots in November giving consumers the option to vote on placing labels on genetically modified foods (GMOs).
If Prop 37 passes, food products using genetically modified ingredients would be labeled as such. Be prepared to see a lot of Yes on 37 advocates at your local farmer’s market and tapered to the cars of the majority of the general public. According to JustLabelIt.org, 92% of Americans want the FDA to label genetically modified foods.
According to KCET, opponents of Prop 37 include the companies that make GMOs, particularly Monsanto, who have incredibly deep pockets and the best marketers money can buy, so the passing of Prop 37, even in a consumer-friendly state like California, is not a given. Continue reading →
According to the report, 4,504,934,972 aluminum cans were purchased from July to December in 2011 with 4,276,266,506 of those cans getting recycled – that’s a 95% recycling rate!
The overall recycling rate for the first half of 2011 was 86% The second half calendar year recycling rate was lower than the first half at 79%, which is consistent with the trend observed over the life of the recycling program. Continue reading →
The Right-To-Know campaign has gathered enough signatures (an impressive 850,000) for an initiative to require GMO labeling to be on the California ballot on Nov. 6.
If voters approve, the measure would require food manufacturers to identify genetically engineered ingredients on the labels of food products sold in California.
“Californians will join citizens of over 40 countries including all of Europe, Japan and even China who have the right to know they are eating food containing genetically engineered ingredients, in order to make informed choices about what they eat and feed their children,” says campaign spokeswoman Stacy Malkan.
The campaign is currently working on verifying signatures to guarantee a spot on the November ballot. Continue reading →