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  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we are talking with two experts about the progress and challenges of electric vehicles. More people are buying electric vehicles these days. EVs are much more affordable than just a few years ago, with more models on the way, and they can greatly reduce pollution and address climate change. But challenges remain for EV adoption. 

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On January 1, over 200,000 drivers of electric and plug-in vehicles will lose the right to take the fast lane solo. It’s an effort to speed up carpool lanes that misses the real culprit: cheaters.

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Tesla is one of the largest employers in the Bay Area, with around 10,000 workers at its factory in South Fremont. That factory used to be the NUMMI plant, where General Motors partnered with Toyota to learn how to run an efficient assembly line with a relatively happy work force. Some current Tesla employees once worked at the NUMMI factory, which had a union. The Tesla factory does not.

Vallejo hopes to plug into the electric car market

Aug 16, 2016
Max Pringle




If you’re a former Navy town that’s been navigating rough economic seas since your base closed 20 years ago, a high-tech electric car assembly plant may just be the thing you’re looking for to turn your fortunes around.

The Bridge: Life after NUMMI

Aug 5, 2016
Kyle Trefny

We wrap up the first season of The Bridge with one of our favorite stories - about the aftermath of the closure of the NUMMI car factory in Fremont, California.

Division Street Bike Lanes. San Francisco Bike Coalition. Used under CC license, cropped and resized.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Where Are Division Street's Homeless Expected To Go? // Hoodline

"To learn more about where the city expects Division Street's homeless to go by Friday's deadline, we reached out to Sam Dodge, executive director of the Mayor's Office of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships & Engagement (HOPE)."

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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Morro Bay: Coastal Commission fires popular executive director // San Jose Mercury News

California prisons are equipping themselves with new technology that can block inmates from using smuggled cell phones. Prison officials want to crack down on illegal phone usage within prison walls because inmates may be using them to conduct criminal transactions.