Monthly Archives: August 2010

Southern California Driving Electric Surge, Too

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I’ve mentioned before BYD’s expansion into LA.  BYD plans to sell its all-electric car, the e6, in the U.S. later this year. The Wall Street Journal notes BYD benefited from Beijing’s stimulus measures last year to encourage auto purchases during … Continue reading »


Politics in a Plastic Bag

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In the waning days of California’s legislative session, as a stampede of bills heads to the checkout counters, a proposed ban on plastic bags captures the attention of the Sacramento Bee today. First, there’s a follow-the-money story, in which we … Continue reading »


Oil, Electrics & The Tipping Point between the Two

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Shai Agassi (founder of Palo Alto’s Better Place) recently sat down for a chat with Greg Dalton, Climate One director and vice president of The Commonwealth Club (video below).  Agassi’s spiel is pretty much the same it’s been for a … Continue reading »


EPA Sends CA Cement Makers Packing

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For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency has restricted emissions from existing cement kilns. The regulations aim to reduce, by 2013, the annual emissions of mercury and particulate matter by 92%, hydrochloric acid by 97% and sulfur dioxide by … Continue reading »


Thousands of NUMMI Alums Still Unemployed

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Over 2,000 NUMMI assembly workers still looking for work engaged in hollers, handshakes and hugs at a job fair Wednesday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.  KQED sent reporter Adelaide Chen to cover this event, coordinated by workforce investment … Continue reading »


Range Anxiety: Building an Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

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A shout out to the New York Times for its recent assessment of one thing electric cars of all kinds need for the industry to take off: a network of charging stations for that awkward moment when a motorist needs … Continue reading »


No Recession for Niche Manufacturer in San Diego

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Small business owners will tell you nothing builds the business like word of mouth.  Seriously, check out the company’s online “catalog” of customers wearing Motoport gear. They send in pictures of themselves: at home, in the driveway, on vacation in … Continue reading »


Solar System Developments

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The SF Chronicle’s Tom Abate attending a round table in Santa Clara the other day.  The topic was one familiar to Shifting Gears, the lopsided competition between the US and Asian nations that have no inhibitions using subsidies, incentives and … Continue reading »