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USA: What California needs to do about electric cars (hint: more)

The environmental law centers at UCLA and UC Berkeley Schools of Law today released a new report on industry actions and federal, state, and local policies needed to stimulate long-term, mass adoption of electric vehicles. “Electric Drive by ’25″ (available from either UCLA Law or Berkeley Law) is the tenth report in our Climate Change and Business Research Initiative, funded by Bank of America.

Please join me and my UC colleagues today, either in person or via webcast, for a noon (ET) briefing on the report on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, sponsored by Congressman Henry Waxman. A panel discussion with electric vehicle stakeholders and experts will follow. Registration and webcast access is available here. Electric vehicle technology is crucial for meeting California’s environmental and energy goals, given that fossil fuel-burning engines contribute almost 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and that advancements in battery technology have the potential to revolutionize how we integrate and store variable renewable energy. The technology can also boost California’s and the nation’s economy by allowing drivers to benefit from domestically produced fuel (in the form of electricity), while many of the electric vehicle manufacturers, charging companies, and component suppliers are based in California.
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