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In response to mistaken reporting this week that it was investigating U.S. market Mitsubishi cars’ fuel economy compliance, California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) said this is not correct. “ARB cannot undertake an investigation of MPG ratings or data. We can investigate compliance with our GHG [greenhouse gas] requirements for vehicles certified to California new vehicle […]

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The fallout from the Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal continues. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg has stepped down as member of the board of management for technical development at Audi after serving 30 years with the company. Hackenberg began his career at the Institute for Motor Transport in 1978 after graduating in mechanical engineering at Aachen RWTH University. […]

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has ordered the Volkswagen Group to recall its vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter diesel V6 engines. Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen are all impacted by the order, which affects over 15,000 vehicles sold in California since 2009. The regulator’s demand follows Audi’s admission that vehicles equipped with the 3.0-liter V6 diesel […]

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The recent Volkswagen Group emissions scandal has so far focused on the company’s 2.0-liter diesel engines, but may soon broaden to encompass more engines, and more vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Resource Air Board (CARB) separately announced plans to expand testing to Volkswagen’s 3.0-liter engines. Models offering this 6-cylinder engine include […]

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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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