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China will be implementing new electrified vehicle initiatives next year, using some of the same strategies that helped California achieve higher-than-average EV sales. The plan, as reported by Reuters, is a two-step approach: require automakers to sell a percentage of electrified vehicles (EVs), while also expanding the available incentives for consumers that buy them. Officials […]

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Last year, with just under 60,000 sales, almost half of the country’s sales of electrified vehicles came from California alone. Clearly, something is working within the Golden State. So how can other states glean from California’s success in order to increase EV numbers around the rest of the country? Support Begins At The Top Many […]

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The message from scientists last week during a climate change conference was clear and unequivocal: the need to further reduce greenhouse gases is critical and changes must be implemented without delay. The Our Common Future Under Climate Change conference was hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Attended by almost 2,000 […]

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A new request from Detroit’s major automakers asks for carbon emissions credits from technology such as reflecting solar rays, which may help save fuel. The reasoning behind the requests is that technologies such as solar reflexive paint and active seat ventilation keep vehicles cooler, which taxes the air conditioner less. This, in turns, saves fuel. […]

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European automakers are asking for a five-year extension to meet new emissions guidelines, saying they don’t have the technology ready for 2025’s target goals. The request came through the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA), which asked the governing European Commission for the delay, reported Automotive News Europe. “ACEA is arguing that the car industry needs […]

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Four years after the strict Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2025 were established, a study finds that the goals will be easier and less expensive for automakers to implement than originally anticipated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) commissioned the study, evaluating the cost and effectiveness of many fuel saving technologies to […]

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New emissions and mpg standards for for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and even now trailers jointly proposed today by federal government agencies promise to slash oil consumption equal to one year of OPEC imports. The new Phase 2 MD/HD vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards announced today are projected after a further review process […]

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Tesla Motors is gearing up for another battle, this time taking on carmakers in its home state of California. Unlike at other times, the argument is not over the company’s factory-direct sales method, which previously has pitted Tesla against auto dealers in states like Texas and Michigan. Instead, the issue relates to California’s push to […]

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The congested metropolis of Beijing – which limits when vehicles can be driven – is creating an exemption for electric cars. As the massive capital of China, Beijing struggles with traffic jams and poor air quality. To curb both, in 2008 the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau began limiting when vehicles could be on the road, […]

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will still require refineries to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline for the next two years, but is proposing increases lower than the benchmarks set eight years ago. In 2007, Congress created a renewable fuel standard that set yearly increases of the percentage of biofuel mixed into the U.S. […]

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