The European Commission announced it’s funding a new solar fuels research project, which will be spearheaded by Volkswagen AG. Just under 6 million euros ($6.6 million) has been allocated for the study under Europe’s research and innovation program Horizon 2020. Volkswagen AG has been named as the lead coordinator and will be joined by 11 […]

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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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Yesterday the California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted to increase state rebates to as high as $4,000 for plug-in electrified vehicles and $6,500 for fuel cell vehicles to better subsidize low-income earners, while also setting a limit on the highest earners. Those in a middle income range will see no changes to state rebates enabling […]

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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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A partnership to promote California’s hydrogen vehicle infrastructure has named 19 areas that it recommends for the next series of hydrogen refueling stations. Earlier this month, the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) released a list with the recommended regions. The organization is a collaborative effort that includes government agencies (both the California Air Resources Board […]

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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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Though it’s been nearly two decades since some major oil companies began talking about climate change, a former chairman of one such company said he is distressed over how slow global progress has been on the issue. Sir Mark Moody-Stuart – once the chairman of Royal Dutch Shell PLC – spoke about climate change earlier […]

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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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When listing advocates of the U.S. ethanol industry, those who normally spring to mind include farmers, processing facilities, environmentalists – and not an organization like OPEC. But that may be what’s unfolding now, according to Reuters, with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) becoming an “unlikely ally” for the Obama administration and its […]

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