Oregon’s legislature has just adopted a bill to get the state off coal and onto renewables, and to use that renewable electricity to power the state’s cars, trucks, and buses. As my colleague, Noah Long, explains in a blog co-authored with Angus Duncan who chairs Oregon’s Global Warming Commission, this is a remarkable milestone.
Focusing here on the provisions of the bill designed to increase access to charging stations for electric vehicles, the bill instructs Oregon’s Public Utilities Commission to order electric utilities to propose programs and investments to “accelerate transportation electrification” by the end of this year.
This bipartisan vote builds upon the consensus in support of similar legislation in California and the recent approval of two widely supported proposals by San Diego Gas Electric and Southern California Edison to deploy charging stations for electric vehicles in a manner that helps soak up solar and wind
... read more at: http://cleantechnica.com/2016/03/03/oregon-votes-to-accelerate-transportation-electrification/
General Motors will begin importing a second model from China, the plug-in hybrid version of the Cadillac CT6 after the gasoline engine CT6 goes on sale later this year.
The gasoline engine CT6 goes into production next month at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where workers assemble the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in electric car, the Chevrolet Impala, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac ELR.
On Sunday, Buick unveiled its Envision midsize crossover, which will go on sale in the U.S. this summer. Workers at one of GM’s joint venture factories in Yantai, China, produce the Envision.
Despite protests from the UAW, Envision is being imported because it’s been sold in China for more than a year and it fills
... read more at: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2016/01/16/cadillac-will-import-ct-plug-china/78895726/
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2014 Subaru Forester
It seems there’s interest in vehicles with love, as our video road test of the 2014 Subaru Forester was our most watched video. It features more interior space, better packaging, and more miles per gallon, we can
... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1082648_2014-subaru-forester-2014-cadillac-elr-2013-kia-optima-top-videos-of-the-week
The 2014 Cadillac ELR is an entirely new kind of Cadillac. It’s not only a compact luxury coupe, but the first-ever plug-in model for the luxury brand. It’s a high-style, premium range-extended electric car, with a battery range of 37 miles that’s extended by a gasoline for a total driving range on one tank of as much as 345 miles.
The ELR’s most flattering angle comes from those numbers–when viewing it as a less practical relative of the groundbreaking Chevy Volt. Seen as a luxury sport coupe, the ELR falters. It’s an uneasy fit in the Cadillac fold, and its breathtaking price gives even spendy green drivers pause.
If its stats sound suspiciously like the rather less glamorous or luxurious Chevrolet Volt, there’s good reason: The two cars share powertrains, if not body styles and other running gear. Fundamentally, the ELR employs
... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/cadillac_elr_2014