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Tue October 29, 2013

Another Fiery Tesla Makes Headlines

Saw my first Tesla Model S in person last night. Its license plate boasted, ‘GAS LOL.’ Gas may be a funny concept to Tesla car owners, but they might not be laughing about some recent news. The electric vehicle company, like the shiny rock star it is, just can’t stay out of the limelight.

On Monday, reports of a second fiery crash caught on video in Mexican city Merida, Yucatan sunk the company’s stock prices. The first fire came earlier this month in Kent, Wash. That crash, too, was caught on video and dropped Tesla shares. No one was hurt in either accident.

Just last week federal regulators announced they would not be conducting an investigation into the Tesla crash. We’ll see if this second car fire changes their decision.

In other EV news, last week eight states, including Oregon, pledged to get 3.3 million zero-emissions vehicles on the road by 2025.

And yesterday, as part of the big ‘Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy’ signed by West Coast states and British Columbia to reduce carbon pollution, leaders proposed “expanding the use of zero-emission vehicles such as electric cars so that they make up 10 percent of new vehicle purchases by 2016.”

If that's not enough to convince you that the Pacific Northwest loves it's EVs, maybe a new 'top ten' list will. CleanTechnica shared a new ranking by Chargepoint, who touts itself the largest electric charging station network in the U.S. It ranks the top ten states for EVs 'based on registered EVs and charging locations weighted by population.' Seattle and Portland both placed on the list, at two and seven, respectively.

-- Toni Tabora-Roberts

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