Proterra is one of several companies manufacturing electric buses in California. Jeffrey D. Allred Dean Florez is preparing for what he calls " one of the biggest votes I’ve ever taken " as an air regulator at an influential agency with national clout. When he and 13 other members of the California Air Resources Board (the agency responsible for cleaning up California’s air and climate pollution) cast their votes on Friday, they won’t be weighing in on driverless vehicles or whether rideshare companies like Uber should clean up their act. Florez is hailing a movement laser-focused on one of the more modest vehicles on California’s streets: buses. A reliable fixture rumbling through our towns and cities, buses are the workhorse of our transit system, providing affordable transportation to any and every one, and they may just be the key to the electric vehicle revolution. Florez is right; this vote is BIG. And here’s why. Go Big The vote on Friday determines whether California will commit to a 100-percent electric transit bus fleet – and a quick timeline to get more than a thousand electric buses on our roads.The proposed electric bus rule will save California from burning about 100 […]

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