Former California "Governator" and action-movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger is far from your typical environmental activist. Sure, he championed California's carbon-reducing Assembly Bill 32 and supported alternative fuel vehicles, especially hydrogen-powered one, but we don't know of any other high-profile "eco-activist" so proud of his fleet of Hummers.
The voters of California have, as expected, handed defeat to Proposition 23, the oil-company-backed initiative that would have rolled back Assembly Bill 32, a 2006 law that, among other things, forces the state to turn to cleaner methods of generating energy in order to cut carbon emission levels to 1990 levels by 2020. The Los Angeles Times reports that the bills opponents raised three times as much as supporters ($30 million to $10 million), even though a lot of money came from out-of-state o
Tesla Model S sedan – click above for high-res image gallery
It appears that the Peapod has emerged unscathed from the recent turmoil of Chrysler's brush with bankruptcy. In fact, the little neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) with the big friendly (or evil, depending on your point of view) smile is now riding about the 35 mph-or-lower streets of California, where it is making lots of friends, including the governor of the state, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former Hummer owner has fallen, by his own admission, "... in love with it."
Gov. Schwarzenegger at the SAE in April - click for a high res gallery
It is well known that California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a very public change of heart when it comes to seeking out a greener lifestyle. Heck, he's gone from owning the very first civilian AM General HMMWV to talking up green environmental initiatives and start-ups like Tesla. He's even taken delivery of one of the company's Roadsters.
While attending the LA Auto Show on Thursday, we were alerted to the fact that California's Governor, and alleged cyborg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, would be holding a press conference to discuss California's commitment to clean burning cars and trucks. AB Green blogger Mike Magda covered that part of the story for us, but there was a lot more at the show that The Governator wanted to see, and so he followed us into the Convention Center. Just as the Land Rover debut of the LR2 ended, Arnold picked