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A new request from Detroit’s major automakers asks for carbon emissions credits from technology such as reflecting solar rays, which may help save fuel. The reasoning behind the requests is that technologies such as solar reflexive paint and active seat ventilation keep vehicles cooler, which taxes the air conditioner less. This, in turns, saves fuel. […]

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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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California, the world’s seventh-largest economy, de facto air quality rulemaking body inciting automakers to make electric cars just for it is smiling on a fuel called Diesel HPR. More than a pilot project, last month’s launch of 18 stations for the diesel alternative is being propped by a few laws including California’s Low Carbon Fuel […]

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Four of the top carmakers are asking the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to give more credits to plug-in hybrids under the state’s emission regulations. It’s a plea heard from automakers before: the government can mandate emission requirements, but let us dictate the technology used to reach those regulations. Now, as California’s guidelines undergo an […]

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Yes gas at the moment is cheap, conventional car sales are up, regular hybrid sales are down, but … in the U.S. last year, sales of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) including all-electric and plug-in hybrids rose by 23 percent. To date, Americans have purchased close to a third of one-million PEVs, globally around three-quarters of […]

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Like any legislation brokered between stakeholders and lawmakers, the present federal tax credit of up-to $7,500 for buyers of qualified plug-in electrified vehicles involves compromises, pros, and cons. That it has been a boon to the nascent industry is widely agreed upon and proponents note that since December 2010 when just three plug-in cars were […]

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Chevron got in trouble in California for providing over-oxygenated fuel. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced November that Chevron Corp. has paid $329,700 in penalties for violations of California’s reformulated gasoline regulations. CARB explained Chevron supplied gasoline in violation of state regulations at its Montebello and Richmond terminals. In each case, the self-disclosed violations […]

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Hyundai is doing as much as it can to turn the page on its 2012 fuel rating issue. The Korean company announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) to resolve the government’s investigation of its 2012 restatement of fuel economy […]

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We frequently hear of the “all of the above” approach made possible with an alphabet soup of technologies to improve mpg and emissions and over the last half decade new tech has risen markedly. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Trends report just released, powertrain technologies that once were rare are becoming increasingly common. […]

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Diesel and diesel-powered vehicles have made huge improvements pollution-wise in the last 10 years. At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) tenth annual West Coast Collaborative meeting the Diesel Technology Forum highlighted the evolution of diesel power as a workhorse and economical engine through the transformation to near zero emissions with a future focus to […]

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