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— Automotive

California to get utility-owned EV charging stations with dynamic pricing

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a pilot program that will see public utility San Diego Gas & Electric install and operate 3,500 new charging stations for electric vehicles. Charges for plugging in to charge an electric vehicle will vary according to time of day in a scheme meant to encourage off-peak charging when renewable power sources are more plentiful.

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Apple reportedly landing second Silicon Valley "spaceship"

It appears that Apple is planning to land another "spaceship" on Silicon Valley. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the tech giant has secured a deal for an already-approved development in Sunnyvale, California. Assuming the report is accurate and all goes to plan, the project will provide Apple with a sustainable campus that boasts space for over 3,000 employees.

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— Automotive

VW unveils new California camper van

For those of us of a certain age, the old VW camper van introduced in the 1950s held the promise of a compact, affordable home away from home – or just home. Never mind that it had an engine like something off a sewing machine, steered like a bucket, and negotiated hills on a 50-50 basis – it represented the freedom of the road. Volkswagen is continuing this tradition with a new California variant of its recently released Transporter T6.

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— Environment

Electric cars to become mini power plants in California’s energy grid

The California utility, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), has begun bidding energy resources from fleets of electric vehicles and storage systems into the state’s wholesale power market. The pilot program, one of the first of its kind, is meant to provide insights into how electric vehicles and other kinds of distributed energy resources can make the grid more reliable and efficient. Read More
— Architecture

Plans unveiled for Google's new Mountain View headquarters

Google has released renders and preliminary information regarding its planned new headquarters in Mountain View, California. Finer details are unavailable at this stage, but the firm has commissioned top-tier architects Bjarke Ingels (of BIG) and Thomas Heatherwick to handle the design, and what information we do have points toward a sustainable, flexible, and future-proof headquarters for the company. Read More
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