The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering issuing fuel economy requirements for automakers lighter than the Environmental Protection Agency’s version. DOT said Tuesday that the new rules may start a year earlier than planned in the EPA’s proposed rules, covering 2021 model year vehicles. Lower fuel economy increases through 2025 would be part of the […]

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If a disinformation and error-filled video co-sponsored by a front group for oil merchants the Koch Brothers has its way, people will want to think twice about “dirty” electric cars. Making the rounds by a coordinated effort including sponsored Facebook posts widely disseminated, and being picked up here and there by media, the video decries […]

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France would like to ban sales of fossil-fuel powered cars by 2040 in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot on Thursday made a presentation addressing a ban on gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. It was one part of a broad proposal covering […]

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If the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius are presented as solutions to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it may be a toss-up which one wins. This is according to the U.S. EPA’s fueleconomy.gov website which lets consumers determine tailpipe plus upstream emissions, and the difference on a nationally averaged basis is negligible, while regional variations see […]

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Although the Trump administration has retracted a commitment to previously settled mpg regulations, consumers overwhelmingly want things to move ahead. This is just one of several findings of a non-partisan survey from Consumers Union supporting CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) rules set by the Obama administration, and put on hold at the behest of automakers. […]

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Five former Volkswagen employees are reportedly being sought by Interpol after the U.S. issued arrest warrants. The German daily, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that the five former managers are accused of conspiracy to commit fraud and violation of U.S. environmental laws. The ex-employees, including two former executives, are unlikely to be apprehended for the time being, […]

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Last week U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said California’s right to regulate its own auto emissions was not being reviewed – sending a sigh of relief for some, uncertainty for others, but the state intends to hold the line come what may. California is defiantly moving ahead on rules the Trump administration has put the […]

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The global stock of plug-in electrified vehicles crested past 2 million last year, but there’s still a long way to go, say policymakers and advocates. In its Global EV Outlook 2017, the International Energy Agency documented the total number of plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars as picking up pace since hitting 1 million in 2015. […]

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On Thursday, President Trump made the decision to ditch the Paris climate accord and the entire internet seemingly spent the next twelve hours calling it a misstep. Either the president possesses a hidden wisdom on the subject that nobody else can seem to fathom, or he has severely misjudged the public’s position on environmental issues. […]

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The California Air Resources Board this week issued a letter to Volkswagen Group asking it to provide more details on the zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure it plans to implement across the United States between 2018 and 2020. CARB’s concern is over VW’s $800 million commitment to California to build out ZEV-related investments over 10 years […]

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