California Electric Vehicles: Can the State Transition to Electric Vehicles?

California is undergoing an epic transition to electric vehicles and energy storage.

The state has ambitious climate goals, including a promise to ban the sale of new cars and light trucks that run on gasoline and diesel by 2035.

But sales are falling, charging stations have proven unreliable and incentives are difficult to understand.

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  • A flood of Chinese exports of cheap electric cars has raised the specter of another trade war with the United States and has Tesla concerned.

    April 19, 2024

  • Los Angeles, CA – March 27: ChargerHelp co-founders Evette Ellis, left, and Kameale Terry, right, pose for a portrait at their headquarters on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 in Los Angeles, CA.  ChargerHelp, in part, trains people so they can get jobs maintaining and repairing electric vehicle chargers.  (Michael Blackshire / Los Angeles Times)

    The women who started ChargerHelp are motivated to succeed and empower a workforce of people who are often overlooked. They're also addressing a major issue with EV charging in California: reliability.

    April 14, 2024

  • Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk introduces the newly unveiled all-electric, battery-powered Tesla Cybertruck at the Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, California, on November 21, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN/AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

    The push to electrify personal automobiles in California has, at best, hit a rough patch. The big question is whether current conditions will end up being growth problems.

    April 16, 2024

  • SAN FRANCISCO CA - OCTOBER.  August 23, 2020. Traffic flows into San Francisco over the Oakland Bay Bridge on Friday, August 23, 2020. San Francisco has done an excellent job following public health guidelines and made a big jump from the orange level of coronavirus to the least restrictive yellow level.  , providing a path for the reopening of more businesses and activities.  (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

    Between 2018 and 2022, Bay Area carbon emissions fell 1.8% each year, which Berkeley researchers attribute to drivers switching to electric vehicles.

    April 4, 2024

  • Los Angeles, CA - March 11: (EDS NOTE-NEWS EMBARGO UNTIL WEDNESDAY) A Waymo robotaxi Jaguar I-PACE driverless car passes by The Broad in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, March 11, 2024. Waymo is about to announce the launch of its robotaxi fleet in Los Angeles.  The new service will allow users to go from downtown to Santa Monica, traveling hundreds of miles.  The service is expected to begin this week, but won't be available to everyone for a few more weeks.  Waymo One's fleet is comprised of all-electric Jaguar I-PACEs, the world's first premium self-driving electric vehicle.  Waymo Driver uses fully autonomous technology that is always in control of the vehicle from pickup to destination.  (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

    Look both ways and then look again. A new study urges electric vehicle drivers to be more cautious as pedestrians are less likely to hear an approaching electric car.

    May 22, 2024

  • LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA.  - NOV.  Nov. 18, 2021. Trucks idle in a long line as drivers wait to enter a shipping terminal at the Port of Long Beach on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

    Federal regulations do not require electric school trucks or buses, unlike California's stricter standards. But EPA rules will reduce one billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

    March 29, 2024

  • A view of electric car chargers on September 23, 2020 in Corte Madera, California.

    A US EPA rule would require automakers to increase sales of electric vehicles while reducing carbon emissions from gasoline-powered vehicles.

    March 20, 2024

  • Wilmington, California-July 30, 2021-Total Transportation Services Inc. has an electric truck in its fleet at the Port of Los Angeles.  Ryan Sickles is the heavy haul terminal manager for Total Transportation Services Inc. He connects power to the truck.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

    The study, sponsored by the trucking industry, adds to concerns about government mandates. But government officials say moving away from fossil fuels will have economic benefits.

    March 19, 2024

  • TOPSHOT - A driver charges his electric vehicle at a charging station as the California Independent System Operator announced a statewide electricity Flex Alert urging conservation to avoid blackouts in Monterey Park, California, on August 31, 2022 - Californians were told on August 31, 2022 not to charge their electric vehicles during peak hours, just days after the state said it would stop selling gasoline-powered cars, as the aging power grid battles a daunting heat wave.  Temperatures as high as 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius) were forecast in some Los Angeles suburbs as a massive heat dome bakes a swath of the western United States.  (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN/AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

    Electric vehicle sales in California fell significantly in the latter half of 2023, raising questions about the state's ability to phase out gasoline-powered cars.

    February 15, 2024

  • FILE - An Electrify America electric vehicle charging station is seen at the Westfield Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie, Illinois, on Jan. 29, 2023. The Biden administration will propose new limits on auto pollution this week that would require the At least 54% of new vehicles sold in the US will be electric by 2030, rapidly rising to 67% by 2032. That's according to three people briefed on the plan.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    Despite complaints about the reliability of electric vehicle chargers, California regulators approved Electrify America's latest plan to expand charging infrastructure.

    January 26, 2024

  • PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 19: Ralph Megna (cq), of Landers, owner of a 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, is upset about the sad state of public charging, at an Electrify America charging station on Friday, January 19.  October 19, 2024 in Palm Springs, California.  The state of California has spent over a billion dollars on a public charging system that is unreliable and therefore, instead of encouraging electric vehicle ownership, it works against it.  (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

    Why are so many electric vehicle charging stations in California broken? One of the main reasons is lax state supervision of state subsidies.

    January 24, 2024

  • Pasquale Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint Holdings Inc., at the company's advanced testing facility in San Jose, California, U.S., on Wednesday, April 12, 2023. ChargePoint, the charger network operator The largest electric vehicle manufacturer in the US subjects its products to extreme temperatures and rain, and subjects them to dust storms and simulated earthquakes.  Photographer: Loren Elliott/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    ChargePoint CEO made tens of millions of dollars off state subsidies, no profits, and an unreliable charging system.

    January 24, 2024

  • CORTE MADERA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 15: In an aerial view, Tesla cars are recharged at a Tesla charging station on February 15, 2023 in Corte Madera, California.  Electric car company Tesla is partnering with the US federal government to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the United States.  Tesla announced plans to open approximately 7,500 of its Tesla Superchargers in the country to all brands of electric vehicles by the end of 2024. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    As sales of electric vehicles grow, gas taxes will decrease. That means less money for building, maintaining and repairing California's roads.

    January 12, 2024

  • Jorge Cortés and his Toyota Prius Prime.  He stops in front of the driver's door.

    Plug-in hybrid cars are an often overlooked alternative to fully electric vehicles. But will they help the warming world? It's controversial.

    October 4, 2023

  • A man in a black t-shirt and sunglasses connects an electric charging pump to his blue Kia EV6 vehicle.

    As automotive editor for the LA Times, Russ Mitchell gets a lot of questions about buying electric cars. Here's his guide to choosing the right electric vehicle for you.

    August 16, 2023

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