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The EPA is adding another model year to its greenhouse gas emissions review, and the Consumers Union is asking it to reconsider. The 2017-2025 greenhouse gas standards were settled upon back in 2012, after agreements between automakers, labor groups, environmental groups, and both the California and federal governments. The deal called for a 5 percent […]

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Federal regulators will grant the auto industry’s requests for relief from certain aspects of the U.S. government’s light-vehicle fuel economy program. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will postpone a steep increase in penalties that was supposed to be applied to 2015 model-year vehicles but will now be held off until 2019. NHTSA acknowledges […]

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Automakers are feeling frustrated with the federal government for tightening the grip on reaching fuel economy and emissions targets. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last week to shorten the midterm feedback and approval process of the 54.5 mpg mandate to the end of this year was shocking for several automakers. The midterm evaluation process, […]

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The 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average, scheduled for 2025, is not a number already carved in stone. This clarification came from Chris Grundler, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s office of transportation and air quality, who spoke last week at the CARS Management Briefing Seminars. “There is a perception out here that the decision is […]

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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 former executive with the Environmental Protection Agency believes that CAFE regulations won’t be lowered during the upcoming midterm review, saying the fuel economy numbers are achievable by the auto industry. Margo Oge, called the “Queen of Cleaner Cars” by some, was the EPA’s director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality when the […]

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