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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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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will spend up to $100 million in grants to help expand the infrastructure of renewable fuels. The funding has been allocated under the USDA’s Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership. Under this new program, the agricultural department will collaborate with state governments and private companies with the goal of […]

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In California, promotions for a new rebate program to help low income families switch to a fuel-efficient vehicle have become explosive. It began with California Senate leader Kevin de León crushing a 1984 Ford Ranger pickup at the state’s capitol building. His publicity stunt kicked off California’s new program to help families below the poverty […]

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Government support for Elon Musk’s three companies – Tesla Motors, SolarCity and SpaceX – has reached $4.9 billion, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times. Reactions to the story have been strong, both from Musk and from readers. The Los Angeles Times has received more than 530 comments, some from supporters of […]

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Never one to pause in the shadows for long, Tesla Motors is again showing its unconventional side with its new “mobile experience.” Made from shipping containers, Tesla said that it’s planning to tour this new mobile store around the country. “Designed in-house, the shipping container arrives and unfolds to double its size in just a […]

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More regions have recently reduced government-financed incentive programs for electric vehicles to save money, but many of these same areas are already paying far more to support the oil and gas industry. As much as $5.3 trillion is spent annually worldwide to subsidize fossil fuels, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund. […]

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