California energy commission

California Achieves Milestone: Over 10,000 Fast Chargers Celebrated

Source: In Union City, California, state leaders celebrated a significant achievement by surpassing their target of installing 10,000 fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs), achieving this milestone more than a year ahead of schedule. The celebratory event took place in the parking lot of the El Mercado Plaza Shopping Center in Union City, where new EVgo direct current fast chargers were recently installed, funded by the state. These chargers played a crucial role in reaching the […]

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Is EV charging satisfaction dropping?

According to J.D. Power, the satisfaction with EV charging is on a decline, raising concerns for industry leaders as electric vehicle adoption continues to rise. The recently released 2023 U.S. Electric Vehicle Experience Public Charging Study by J.D. Power indicates a drop in charging satisfaction for both Level 2 and Level 3 chargers across almost every category. The study, which was initiated in 2021, reveals that satisfaction with Level 2 charging has decreased to an average score […]

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Emerging Trends

Emerging Developments in the Construction Sector

Presented by TOPS Marketing Over the past few years, the construction industry has undergone substantial changes due to factors like material and labor shortages, the rise of new technologies, transportation delays, and more. Despite facing these challenges, the sector is projected to reach a value of $14.4 trillion by 2030, indicating its resilience and potential for growth. Companies can capitalize on these emerging trends in the construction industry to navigate the evolving market landscape and stand out […]

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Rivian (RIVN) stock continues hot streak after analyst says EV maker hit a ‘major turn’

Shares of EV startup Rivian (RIVN) are up over 14% Friday after Wedbush analyst Dan Ives upgraded his price target. Ives cited the EV maker is making “a major turning point” in its execution strategy, raising Rivian stock price target to $30 a share from $25. Rivian’s stock rally has lasted over a week, with share prices increasing over 80% since June 27, 2023.After shattering analyst estimates earlier this week, delivering 12,640 electric vehicles, and producing 13,992 […]

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Electric Vehicles & Rural Transportation

Interesting new report published by the US Department of Transportation: Source: The rapid growth in electric vehicles (EVs) today is part of a fundamental shift in transportation that promises substantial benefits to individuals, businesses, communities, and the entire Nation. All Americans, regardless of where they live, should have the opportunity to benefit from the lower operating costs, reduced maintenance needs, and improved performance that EVs provide. Similarly, all communities—including communities of color, underserved communities, and environmental […]

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Dark Side

The Dark Side of Electric Vehicles

How electrification has the potential to undo decades of improvements in auto customer experience. The hype around vehicle electrification seems to be in hyperdrive. Much of the narrative surrounding it sounds like this:– Electric vehicles are coming! In the next two to three years, more EV models will be introduced in the U.S. than currently exist.– Consumers are ready! The 2022 Ipsos Mobility Navigator Study showed that interest in EVs has more than quadrupled in the US […]

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Concrete repair & Maintenance – how to…

Concrete repairs have occurred on Reclamation projects since the first concrete was placed in 1903. Unfortunately, even though the best available knowledge and materials were used, many repair failures have occurred during the 112 years since that first concrete was placed. As a first step to increase the likelihood of a successful repair, it is paramount to use a consistent, systematic approach to concrete repair. Reclamation’s concrete repair and maintenance system consists of seven basic steps: There […]

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Then and now: The evolution of construction safety

How safety in the industry has changed over the decades Sean Scott, current chair of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations, speaks with COS senior journalist, Shane Mercer, about safety in the industry and how it has changed over the past several decades. The episode is the first part of a Canadian Occupational Safety series to mark 60 years of publication. Source:

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The EV Charging Buildout Has a Problem: Many Stations Don’t Work

Fear of drained batteries is a big barrier for many US drivers considering ditching gasoline-powered cars. ByDavid R BakerAugust 17, 2022 at 5:00 AM PDT Many US public charging stations fail to work when electric-vehicle drivers need them, according to a new J.D. Power report that underscores the Biden administration’s challenge in building out a network of stations nationwide. In a survey of more than 11,550 drivers, the firm found that one in five didn’t manage to […]

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Understanding commercial tenant improvements

When a business leases a new space, some commercial tenant improvements most likely will be needed to ensure the space meets the requirements of the business and reflects its brand. When considering leasing commercial space for your company, understanding what upgrades are needed for the space to work and how tenant improvements will be handled are important details to understand and negotiate before you sign the lease. Put simply, tenant improvements cover the expenses incurred for making […]

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Construction Safety & Importance of Training

Following agriculture, the construction industry is India’s second-largest employer and contributor to the economy. Due to increased income and urbanisation, the country has undergone a massive construction boom in recent years. A prosperous business might result from a successful building project. While construction is a large industry, it also carries many risks, necessitating the need for construction safety. Every construction site has risks on a daily basis, and the construction industry accounts for 24.20% of occupational fatalities […]

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Hyundai starts EV subscriptions for those who only need a car sometimes

CNN—For those who really don’t want a long term commitment but who may try out living with an electric vehicle, Hyundai is starting a car subscription service. Hyundai’s new Evolve+ program is designed for the “EV-curious,” or for those who only need a car temporarily, like “snowbirds” who move to southern states just for a few months. Customers can reserve a Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV for $899 a month using a smartphone app, or a Kona Electric […]

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How Data and Analytics Can Keep Workers Safe

Construction work continues to rank among the most dangerous industries, but organizations can enhance their health and safety response by benchmarking their own incident, health and safety data against competitors. Keep your friends close and your competitors closer — at least when it comes to data. Construction work continues to rank among the most dangerous industries, but organizations can enhance their health and safety response by benchmarking their own incident, health and safety data against competitors. Too […]

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This year the Earth will surpass the 8 billion person mark. This is a great visualization to see how the population is distributed by country. Source:

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Outdoor Retailer Patagonia Tests Solar Windows

The clothing seller tries out green energy that works via transparent cells Source: Wall Street Journal. At Patagonia Inc.’s California headquarters, some windows double as power generators. The outdoor-clothing retailer is one of the first companies to test solar-panel windows, a new and largely unproven technology that proponents hope will become a crucial source of electricity for homes and commercial buildings. The windows look much like normal windows, but include a layer of transparent photovoltaic cells between panes of […]

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US Postal Services Electric Vehicle

US Postal Service commits to buying 100% electric trucks by 2026

In a major reversal, the US Postal Service (USPS) has announced that it will ensure that 75% of new vehicles purchased in the next several years will be electric. By 2026, that will increase to 100% of purchases. The USPS announced in a press release that it expects to acquire at least 66,000 battery electric delivery vehicles from defense contractor Oshkosh as part of its 106,000 vehicle acquisition plan for deliveries between now and 2028. Further, 21,000 […]

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The EV Market’s Hidden Challenges & Opportunities

Why EVSEs will offer a new revenue stream for the construction industry. Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installations will offer a new revenue stream for the electrical construction industry, but electrical contractors need to first see if the local power distribution system can support the significant new electrical load. Electric vehicles (EVs) and the business opportunities they represent for electrical contractors may seem like a relatively new revolution. But Mike Johnston, NECA executive director of codes and […]

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Tesla chargers Level 3

Tesla is offering its proprietary charge connector as a new North American standard

When it comes to charging your EV in the US, Canada and Mexico, the only two connector types available aren’t cross-compatible. Tesla has its proprietary connector, which in the company’s defense was developed when Tesla was still the only EV game in town. Everybody else uses the current North American standard, the Combined Charging System (CCS). Tesla apparently hopes to upend that dynamic, announcing Friday that it is “opening our EV connector design to the world.” Tesla […]

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Sustainable Construction

Using tech to drive a more sustainable building industry

From initial design through to construction, technology can help the construction sector to move away from its heavy contribution to carbon emissions. It is imperative to act now. Energy costs are rising rapidly, extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and there is a legal commitment to net zero. For the building industry, it offers a huge opportunity, with green jobs key to its next stage of development. This growth will need technology to succeed. Using technology […]

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