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A Consumers Union spokesman is going to the EPA midterm review hearings today, saying that Americans want better fuel economy and that the EPA’s cost of improved economy might be 40 percent too high. The Consumers Union, the policy and lobbying side of Consumer Reports, sent spokesperson Jack Barnett to speak at today’s EPA hearing […]

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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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Tesla has remained tight-lipped about the true battery size and power output of its new Model 3 sedan, but preliminary findings from the Environmental Protection Agency have revealed some of its specs. According to the EPA documents, which were obtained by InsideEVs, the rear-wheel drive Model 3 has a permanent magnet electric motor that produces […]

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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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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is ready to go “very aggressively” after automakers who’ve cheated on diesel emissions rules as did Volkswagen AG. While being known for fighting the EPA in recent years, Pruitt said in interview that he’s quite serious about enforcing rules that VW admitted breaking in September 2015. Most recently, […]

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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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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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first began to suspect Fiat Chrysler of using an illegal emissions control device on its EcoDiesel V6 engine back in 2015, it has been revealed. According to emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, EPA regulators first approached FCA about its alleged use of an emissions control device in […]

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In order to save the federal government some money, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may see significant cuts to its budgets, especially in regards to its vehicle emission testing program. The EPA’s budget is currently about 20-percent lower than it was in 2010 and is now sitting at around $8.14-billion. Scott Pruitt, the EPA’s recently […]

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV is only just rolling out to dealers across the country, but Chevrolet says it’s already managed to save 175,000 gallons of gasoline. That’s compared to an average 26 mpg car, and fuel savings for the gas-engine-free electric car come fast, in direct proportion to miles traveled. Through April 2, Chevrolet says […]

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