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If Americans want to save money, higher fuel economy standards can only help, says Consumers Union. The word by the consumer advocacy behind Consumer Reports comes after research, surveys, and having been in on talks for years on the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. It also comes as those rules for 2022-2025 are […]

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While Norway is on a tear to replace its petroleum-powered cars with the electric variety, it may also become the world’s first society to completely electrify. This could come by 2050, says Energi Norge (Energy Norway), an industry interest organization, of the nation of 5.2 million progressively minded souls. Central to Norway’s motivation is the […]

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On the heels of a U.S. EPA Technical Draft Assessment (TAR) report released today on how automakers are meeting federal fuel economy mandates, advocates weighed in urging the industry and regulators to stay the course. The main question is should federal authorities adjust mpg and greenhouse gas targets for 2022-2025 that stand to save – […]

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A pivotal moment in U.S. automotive history may be coming to a head. At least, say electrified vehicle advocates, the potential is there if automakers swallow what their lobbyists see as a bitter pill, and pursue in earnest increasingly strict federal mpg and emission mandates under Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) law. But first, there’s […]

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Here’s a trick question: How much will you have to pay for a new Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla, or some other plug-in electrified vehicle? If you live in the U.S., the answer is it all depends on the state in which you live and/or register the car. Aside from a $2,500 […]

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A consumer advocacy group is asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to slow down, following NHTSA’s announcement that it will be updating its policy on self driving cars. John M. Simpson, the privacy project director for advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, addressed the issue in a letter to Secretary of the Department of Transportation […]

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Officials with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles wanted to have regulations that are more complete in place for autonomous vehicles already, but say the delay is justified. The department said it’s still working to finalize the updated directive on autonomous technology. Many complex issues are under consideration for the final draft, which will likely set […]

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will be looking into complaints that Volkswagen AG engaged in deceptive advertising with its “clean diesel” marketing campaign. The print and television ads in question prominently describe VW’s powertrain as “TDI Clean Diesel.” Many of the commercials directly address perceptions that diesel is slower, louder and smellier than a gasoline-powered […]

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Even as autonomous technology continues to make its way from prototypes to street-legal vehicles, legislators and lawmakers are still working to define the rules and liabilities for self-driving cars. In the meantime, one carmaker is taking a resolved stance on the matter: “Volvo will accept full liability whenever one if its cars is in autonomous […]

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In addition to state and federal tax credits, the Tesla Model X may be eligible for up to a $25,000 tax deduction known as the “Hummer Tax Loophole.” It falls under IRS Section 179, but was given its nickname after many companies used it to deduct the purchase of large SUVs – gas-guzzling SUVs, and so […]

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