Category Archives: Electric Vehicles

Toyota, the Biggest Car Manufacturer in California

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At the LA Auto Show, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., debuted the second-generation RAV4 EV. The basic vehicle will be manufactured in Woodstock, Ontario.  Tesla will build the battery and related bits in Palo Alto.  “The method and installation location of … Continue reading »


New Congress, New Playing Field

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A number of advocates for climate-change legislation lost their seats Tuesday. What that means for California’s green tech industry is covered in haze, or possibly smog. Tiffany Hsu of the LA Times goes on to posit that federal lawmakers will … Continue reading »


NUMMI Refugee Finds Job at Bloom Energy

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Half a year after NUMMI closed, what happened to those former auto workers in the San Francisco Bay Area? 47-hundred people lost their jobs in Fremont – thousands more working for suppliers were also cut loose… at a time when … Continue reading »


Don't Discount the Europeans

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Have you noticed the Daimler AG stake in Tesla? Then there’s Karma production, expected to ramp up early next year at Valmet in Uusikaupunki, Finland – with a little help from some folks in Delaware. Then there’s Peraves of Switzerland. … Continue reading »


Opening Soon at an Auto Plant Near You

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October 1st is the big day. Tesla Motors plans to open the old NUMMI plant, which is of course, now the “Tesla Factory.” The San Jose Mercury News tells us 40 people already work out of an office set up … Continue reading »


Coda headed for Northern California

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The carmaker Coda Automotive is close to opening a final assembly plant in … drumroll, please … Benicia. The Los Angeles Business Journal reports Coda, after flirting for months with Los Angeles, (and fully convincing this now humbled reporter) is … Continue reading »


How much is too much to pay for a job?

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LA wants jobs, and it wants them bad. The unemployment rate was running 12.4% in July. So Angelenos might be inclined to squint a little bit to see the bright side of spending federal stimulus money to subsidize short-term employment, … Continue reading »


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 »


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 »


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 »