Ventura County Supervisors are supporting the replacement of gas-powered vehicles with electric ones to reduce greenhouse gases emitted from the county government's fleet of cars, vans and light trucks.
100 percent renewable energy will soon be offered to Santa Barbara County residents. The City of Santa Barbara will make the program available for country residents and anticipate a small rise in rates for citizens.
The California Public Utilities Commission should approve a proposal to deploy more charging infrastructure at workplaces, apartment buildings, and public places.
The County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors just unanimously voted to purchase 100% electric vehicles for new sedans in 2019, and in 2020 will return with an assessment of costs and savings, with the ultimate goal of developing a policy to further electrify the County's 1449 vehicles. The Community Environmental Council led this effort to push for an electric vehicle fleet policy, as well as asked the County to develop more charging infrastructure for their 4,500 employees.
A new coalition is looking to save drivers from rising gas prices while going greener. Electric Drive 805 is aiming to increase access to electric cars in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.
A coalition of government agencies and nonprofit groups has launched a new organization to make electric vehicles and charging stations more accessible on the Central Coast.
The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District plans to go emissions-free by 2030 —10 years earlier than anticipated state requirements.
In August, 1 out of 10 (9.90%) new vehicles purchased in the state of California were EVs (PHEVs + BEVs), according to the latest numbers from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Advanced Technology Vehicle Sales Dashboard (information provided by IHS Market). West Virginia came in last at 0.17%, meaning Californians purchased EVs in August at a rate 58.2 times greater than the state that has become heavily associated with the coal industry in recent years.
Thanks to nearly 45,000 plug-in cars sold in September, cumulative sales of all plug-in models reached one million units.