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Trevor Collett | Jan, 09 2015 | 0 Comments

California will aim to cut its use of petroleum by 50 percent over the next 15 years, if re-elected Governor Jerry Brown has his way.

The returning governor announced the ambitious goal as he was sworn in for a fourth term this week, adding that California will look to increase its ‘green’ energy production to 33 percent of total output by 2030.

California is already home to one the world’s largest populations of electric vehicles, and was one of the first to embrace hybrids.

The state is the only US province to offer a network of hydrogen refuelling stations to the public, with plans to fund 100 more over the coming years.

This likely means that motorists can expect to see more EVs on Californian streets in the near future, with a greater array of charging stations to refuel them.

Toyota’s hydrogen-fuelled Mirai will hit overseas markets this year - including Europe and the US - while Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell has been available to lease in California for some time.

The governor recently signed six additional bills in support of ‘green’ vehicles, and has touted further government support in the years ahead to encourage the uptake of EVs.

US President Barack Obama has also urged caution this week over fuel prices, which have plummeted in recent weeks.

A price-war from oil-rich nations on the ‘black gold’ is currently unfolding, aimed at forcing higher-cost producers out of the market and stunting the spike in interest for EVs.

But the President warned that it can’t last forever.

In an interview with The Detroit News, Mr Obama said Americans should “enjoy” the lower prices while they last, but put the savings to good use rather than burn them up at the bowser by using more fuel.

Mr Obama urged drivers to continue buying fuel-efficient cars, stating drivers would "not be happy" if fuel prices suddenly

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returned to 2014 levels.

US law may effectively prevent its citizens from buying more gas-guzzlers however, with average fuel consumption requirements across carmakers’ fleets forcing them to sell more fuel-efficient vehicles in the years ahead.

The price war is being felt in Australia as well, with prices for E10 ethanol-blended fuel in some major metropolitan centres dropping below $1.00 a litre for the first time in a decade.

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