Australian university to trial solar storage microgrid with EV charging

“The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has partnered with Monash University and technology provider Indra Australia to trial a microgrid as a first step to powering Monash’s Clayton campus entirely with renewable energy by 2030. The pilot will test the microgrid across the campus in southeast Melbourne using Indra’s Ingrid Advanced Grid Management (AGM) software…

Peninsula Clean Energy electric vehicle program offers thousands of dollars in savings for San Mateo County residents

“Residents in San Mateo County can now save thousands of dollars on electric vehicles due to a Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) partnership with local auto dealerships. PCE has arranged for participating dealers to offer attractive savings to San Mateo County residents wishing to buy or lease select electric car models between October 1 and December…

EV charging stations welcome in Willits

“Doug Kern, Director of Conservation for the Mendocino Land Trust, beamed with the pride of a new parent as he looked out into the crowd at Friday’s ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Willits Chamber of Commerce, Mendocino Council of Governments and Mendocino Land Trust. The new EV Charging Station in Willits was already busy…

California looks to boost EV market through shared purchasing power at GCAS

“Earlier this year Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order setting a target to put five million ZEVs on the roads by 2030, alongside an eight-year $2.5bn initiative to install another 250,000 vehicle charging stations and 200 hydrogen fueling stations across the state by 2025. Brown, who is the driving force behind next month’s Global…

Will Trump’s rollback of auto standards hurt electric cars? Experts offer mixed takes

“The Trump administration’s recent proposal to freeze vehicle emissions standards may be nothing more than a “political distraction” for the electric vehicle market, according to one energy and transportation expert. Philip Sheehy, technical director at consultancy ICF, called the change a “small political hiccup.” He said there’s little disagreement within the auto industry about whether…

Startup aims to prevent EV charging from overloading the grid

“The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is testing a novel technology that could prevent electric-vehicle charging from crashing the grid. The technology, from Californian startup PowerFlex Systems, is aimed at building owners looking to provide EV charging points, for example in parking lots. Not only does it make sure simultaneous EV charging does not…

Electric Vehicles and the California Grid

Together with the state’s shift toward low-carbon generation of electricity, electrifying transportation is a key pathway for California’s clean energy strategy. Electric Vehicles and the California Grid finds that the California grid is well placed to handle rapid growth in plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) but advance planning and smart policy can ease the transition for…

Caribbean islands plug into electric car revolution

“Burdened by a costly dependence on imported fuel for energy, Barbados and many other Caribbean islands are considering boosting the number of electric vehicles on their roads. But they face barriers, including high initial costs, stiff import duties on electric vehicles and a lack of regulatory support, say people working in the sector. Globally, the…

California speeding toward fight over driving limits in age of climate change and electric cars

“Many regional lawmakers and other officials have started pushing back on the notion that commuters need to limit their daily driving — which overwhelmingly consists of people cruising to work alone in their cars and trucks. As the California Air Resources Board tightens its standards for greenhouse-gas emissions from regional transportation sectors, many local authorities…
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