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Alternating Currents: New year and new president brings new optimism

I know we’re just under three weeks into 2021, but this year feels like a really important one for electric propulsion. For at least the last five years I’ve been repeating this mantra over and over every January, but I swear there’s real change in the air right now. It’s not just hopeful optimism. There […]

by Bradley Brownell
1/20/2021
What the Biden presidency could mean for transportation

The results of the January 5 Georgia Senate runoffs have given a major boost to President-elect Joe Biden’s plans for transportation reform. With both Congress and the White House in the hands of Democrats, transformative legislation on electrification, urban mobility and transportation infrastructure looks promising.  Just as promising is Biden’s selection of former mayor of […]

by Rebecca Bellan
1/14/2021
Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap: What’s the Commonwealth’s plan for 100% ZEV adoption?

The 2050 Decarbonization Road Map released by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has received a lot of press since it was introduced late in December, but the details of the plan — especially the sections focused on transportation — still remain murky. Here’s a look at the background and the ways […]

by Craig Fitzgerald
1/13/2021
U.S. Secretary of Transportation resigns following attack on U.S. Capitol

Announced one day after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by insurrectionists, one of the President’s cabinet members is resigning. Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, tendered her resignation to be effective no later than January 11, 2021. She says she is “deeply troubled” by the “traumatic and […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/7/2021
Presumptive future Secretary of Transportation eyeing EV vehicle and charging expansion

In a late afternoon Tweet on Monday, former South Bend mayor and presumptive future Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said that in order to meet the climate crisis, investment must be made in clean energy and EV expansion. To meet the climate crisis, we must put millions of new electric vehicles on America’s roads. It's […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/21/2020
Banning wind and solar development is dumb, and it’s bad for Ohio

A pandemic is raging across the United States, with hospitals nearing capacity and death tolls in the hundreds of thousands. Now, you’d think, would be a great time for Statehouses around the country to be working on relief bills to help residents, provide aid to first responders, and generally help the people through these trying […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/7/2020