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Max Baumhefner, Attorney, Clean Vehicles & Fuels, San Francisco

Max Baumhefner
I am an attorney, outdoor enthusiast, and a bread baker. My focus is the juncture of the electricity and transportation sectors. I work on policies designed to integrate electric vehicles into the grid and maximize their environmental benefits. I'm an environmentalist because my parents taught me to be responsible and clean up after myself, and I always do what my parents tell me.

Recent Posts

San Diego Gas & Electric to Use Electric Cars to Integrate Renewable Energy

Posted January 28, 2016 by Max Baumhefner

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California just took another key step in expanding the market for electric vehicles (EVs); 3,500 charging stations will be installed in the San Diego area under a "Vehicle Grid Integration" program approved by the California Public Utilities Commission today that...continued

Proposal to Charge Electric Cars in Southern California Gets the Green Light

Posted January 14, 2016 by Max Baumhefner

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The California Public Utilities Commission has unanimously approved a pioneering program that will deploy 1,500 charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Southern California Edison's service territory, one of the largest in the nation, and educate customers about the benefits...continued

Landmark Climate Bill Directs Electric Utilities to Displace Oil Companies

Posted September 12, 2015 by Max Baumhefner

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Within 15 years, California will generate at least half of its electricity from renewable resources and double savings from energy efficiency gains, two milestones included in Senate Bill (SB) 350. News coverage of this bill prior to its passage overlooked...continued

Broad Coalition Submits Proposal to Deploy Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in San Diego

Posted June 5, 2015 by Max Baumhefner

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A diverse set of public interest groups, automakers, labor unions, electric vehicle (EV) charging companies, and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) submitted a proposed settlement this week to the California Public Utilities Commission to accelerate the deployment of smart...continued

Welcoming Electric Cars to the Central Valley

Posted May 26, 2015 by Max Baumhefner

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On May 27, 2015 a family of eight from Stockton, CA, will retire their 1984 Ford Ranger. From now on, they'll be driving a 2013 Toyota Prius Plug In Hybrid. How can this family afford to make the switch from...continued

Electric Cars at the LA Auto Show Showcase the Future

Posted November 19, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

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Every year, along with reporters and editors from Car & Driver, Motortrend and other specialty car geeks, I go to the Los Angeles Auto Show and ogle the future of cars. It’s a beauty contest of machines with bright showroom...continued

Million Electric Vehicle Bill Signed by Governor Brown

Posted September 21, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

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Governor Brown just signed the Charge Ahead California Initiative to put 1 million electric vehicles on the roads within 10 years and provide consumers with much needed relief at the pump. If you like the idea of driving on a cleaner fuel...continued

Charge Ahead California Initiative Passes Overwhelmingly

Posted August 25, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

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A child’s drawing posted on the door of Assembly Member Christina Garcia of Southeast Los Angeles, outlines a vision of placing 1 million electric cars, trucks, and buses on California’s streets within 10 years – a vision that  moved...continued

California Moves Closer Toward Clean Air for All

Posted May 27, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

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Imagine a California with substantially cleaner air and lower rates of asthma and cancer, especially in disadvantaged communities hardest hit by dangerous air pollution. Then imagine you’d be paying less in fuel costs – the equivalent of about $1 a...continued

Charge Ahead Initiative Passes Another Key Vote

Posted April 30, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

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California Senate Bill 1275, authored by Kevin de León, just cleared the Senate's Environmental Quality committee with bipartisan support, and is one step closer to becoming law. This legislation would establish the Charge Ahead California Initiative, which aims to deploy...continued

My Birthday at Mt. Hood with Electric Car Charging

Posted February 28, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

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Below are remarks I delivered today at an event at the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, the first ski resort in the country to host a DC fast charger for drivers to get back and forth to the mountain on electricity:...continued

Ford Takes Solar Car Charging to the Roof

Posted January 2, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

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I’ve previously written on the overlapping consumer interest in clean vehicles and clean energy, describing five pathways to make the connection between the two.  Today, Ford unveiled a sixth, covering the roof of a plug-in hybrid C-Max Energi entirely in...continued

Charging Ahead Towards Dollar-a-Gallon Clean Fuel

Posted November 14, 2013 by Max Baumhefner

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Today, NRDC joins a diverse coalition of community, health, and environmental groups to launch the Charge Ahead California campaign to deploy one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within ten years.  The campaign includes the American Lung...continued

California Helps Drivers Plug-in and Replace Clunkers with Cleaner Cars

Posted September 18, 2013 by Max Baumhefner

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To transform the vehicle fleet, you need to work on both ends — accelerating the purchase of cleaner new vehicles and the retirement of old clunkers. The California legislature is sending a package of bills to Governor Brown’s desk that...continued

Electric Cars Are Cleaner Today and Will Only Get Cleaner Tomorrow

Posted August 5, 2013 by Max Baumhefner

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By Max Baumhefner and Cecilia Springer* Uncovering a fraud is uniquely satisfying, which is perhaps why news outlets continue to provide electric car deniers with a platform to proclaim they aren’t as green as they appear. But close examination reveals...continued


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