GM Brings Monthly Rentals to Maven Car-Sharing App

By Tom Brant : pcmag – excerpt


If you live in San Francisco or Los Angeles and work in the entertainment or tech industries, the new option to rent Chevy Volts or Tahoes for 28 days at a time will be perfect, GM says.

GM’s car-sharing arm Maven will offer customers in Los Angeles and San Francisco the ability to reserve Chevy Tahoe SUVs and Chevy Volt electric cars for a month at a time, breaking from the service’s traditional rent-by-the-hour model.

The new option is aimed squarely at the tech crowd in San Francisco and the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, which means it probably won’t be an attractively priced option for your next California vacation. Maven doesn’t list pricing upfront for the month-long rentals, so you’ll have to check the app to see current rates… (more)



Your State is Charging Ahead

Union of Concerned Scientists : ucusa – excerpt

Help demonstrate the potential and benefits of electric vehicles

Here’s the good news: your governor recently joined a group of eight states—California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont— committed to getting millions of electric vehicles (EVs) onto their state’s roads. But the real work of putting that commitment into action is just beginning.

As states put their EV plans into action, we need to keep up the drumbeat of support for policies that will encourage people to choose EVs and make owning them easier.

You can help demonstrate the potential benefits of EVs when it comes to cutting oil use, saving money at the pump, and curbing global warming emissions by sharing the findings of our recent survey with your friends and family.

Here are a few ideas, and we hope you’ll share your thoughts on how cleaner vehicles would benefit your community specifically… (more)

Environmentalists question the wisdom of this state legislation

What do you think of giving particular vehicles, powered by electric batteries, special rights to to park on city streets, eliminating more spaces for non-electric vehicles ?
We are all for cleaning the air, but there isa state bill that is being discussed in committee to reserve on-street space for electric vehicles only.  If if passes SFMTA will be forced to comply with or amend their current ordinances to implement that. How will this affect the community? Does this discriminate agaisnt certain classes of people who can’t afford the luxury of buying an “electric vehicle”?  Will that also hurt more families and push them out of the city?  What percentage of the SF residents own “electric vehicles”?  What will be the impact should this state legislation pass and SFMTA adopt it? It’s OK for people who have OFF-street parking but what about those who cannot afford garage fees?
The gasoline powered vehicles will run out of parking spots even faster. Consider how this will effect the additional thousands of housing units that the city has agreed to take on as part of the (RHNA = Regional Housing Needs Allocation) and you can see a real mess brewing.
This is meant to incentivize owners of gasoline powered vehicles to junk their cars and buy electric vehicles, but should this legislation pass, how many “electric vehicle”
spots will eat up the standard on-street parking spots. All very interesting when one looks at the many bills are being contemplated at the state level including some questionable CEQA reform bills — some nasty stuff there as well.

– Sent from a concerned environmentalist working on the SF CEQA legislation

An act to amend Section 21100 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.
AB 1158, as introduced, by Assembly Member Waldron – Vehicles: on-street parking for electric vehicles.
Existing law authorizes local authorities to adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution regarding specified matters, including, among other things, regulating or authorizing the removal by peace officers of vehicles unlawfully parked in a fire lane
or on private property. This bill would expressly authorize local authorities to adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution regarding designating and enforcing on-street parking spaces for electric vehicles.

Bill Text: The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 21100 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
21100. Local authorities may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution regarding all of the following matters: (q) Designating and enforcing on-street parking spaces for electric vehicles.

Comments welcome, especially from people who know the science behind the issues.