by Nathan Strout Times Record news story FREEPORT — L.L. Bean’s retail campus in Freeport is now home to Maine’s largest electric vehicle charging station after adding eight Level II chargers over the summer. The addition gives Midcoast motorists and tourists another public option to charge up in a state where public charging stations can Read More
Many people are surprised to learn that cars and trucks are the single largest source of global warming pollution in Maine, at roughly 55 percent. This pollution that exacerbates climate change isn’t just threatening our natural resource-based economy here in Maine, it is also impacting our air quality and the health of Maine families and children. By driving electric vehicles, Mainers are reducing air pollution that harms our environment, our health, and our natural resources-based economy.
Fortunately, high-efficiency, gasoline-battery hybrid cars like the Prius are now common place and many models of “plug-in” cars, also known as electric vehicles (EVs), are now practical and available in Maine. Especially when powered by clean, renewable power sources, electric vehicles are a very low-emission alternative to our biggest source of pollution. Our electricity mix here in Maine is one of the cleanest in the country, and that makes plug-in electric cars far more environmentally friendly than even the most efficient hybrid car.
The ride-and-drive event Sunday in South Portland coincides with National Drive Electric Week. by Gillian Graham, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story SOUTH PORTLAND — Khanh Ngo is passionate about his Tesla. Standing in the shade at the edge of a parking lot, he eagerly showed off his Tesla Model X to prospective owners Read More
Next steps: Get the word out, add charging stations NRCM News Release Today the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) released the results of its second comprehensive survey of Maine’s registered electric car owners. The survey was mailed to every electric car owner in Maine –1,300 of them – an impressive 33% of them responded. Read More
By A.J. Higgins Maine Public news story BANGOR, Maine – About 50 people turned out Tuesday night in Bangor for a discussion on the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of car fuel efficiency standards. Co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine at the Bangor Public Library, the citizen’s hearing gave residents a chance to offer Read More
by Emily Tadlock WABI-TV news story Watch full news video. BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – A group of Mainers turned out at the Bangor Public Library Tuesday night for a Citizen’s Hearing. The hearing titled Maine Speaks on Climate and Cars was an opportunity for people to talk more about recent Environmental Protection Agency proposals. In Read More
The Associated Press Bangor Daily News news story The Maine Department of Transportation is slated to get more than $2 million in federal money to help pay for electric buses in the Portland area. The transportation department worked with other organizations, including Greater Portland Metro, to submit a proposal for the grant. The money is Read More
Bangor Daily News editorial When it proposed to weaken fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, the Trump administration said the move would save lives. This left many experts scratching their heads. With good reason. It turns out the life-saving claims were false. Staff at the Environmental Protection Agency warned that the safety claims were Read More
Bangor Daily News editorial Last week, the Trump administration took steps to weaken vehicle fuel economy standards and moved to revoke California’s authority to set standards that are higher than federal requirements. Thirteen states, including Maine, follow the higher California standards. Both moves are unnecessary and, if fully implemented, would harm the health of many Read More
Maine is one of a dozen states that have adopted California’s tougher vehicle emissions standards, which could be eliminated under an EPA proposal announced Thursday. by Kevin Miller, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Environmental and health groups in Maine decried a Trump administration plan announced Thursday to undermine states’ ability to set tougher Read More