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The first major manufacturer built battery electric cars in this present era started slow in 2011, but progress is happening. In a recent fact sheet, the U.S. EPA documented as much for electric cars – not including the discontinued GM EV1 of the 1990s – saying median range has risen while there are four-times as […]

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have just released new rules covering greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency for heavy-duty vehicles. The regulations aimed at slimming down the emissions while raising mpg into the next decade apply to a broad range of vehicles from pickup trucks, to […]

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Yesterday evaluation of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2022-2025 saw debate normally kept behind closed doors spill into the public domain. It happened during the Management Briefing Seminars, an annual conference in Traverse City, Mich. and two groups that represent automakers clashed with regulatory agencies, advocates and other stakeholders. At issue is whether […]

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General Motors’ Orion Assembly plant which will begin producing the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV in as soon as two months from now has been ranked by the U.S. EPA as 8th among green power users. The assembly plant which is an EPA Green Power Partnership Partner is powered by 54-percent renewable energy and was recently […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to jack up fines for automakers that aren’t meeting fuel economy requirements. The fines imposed on automakers for not meeting the corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE) will more than double next month. NHTSA also told Automotive News that these larger fines will apply to 2015 […]

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Volkswagen’s massive diesel scandal is affecting other automakers. BMW has confirmed that the automaker’s 2017 diesel lineup is being delayed due to extra scrutiny from federal agencies. “In light of recent events, agencies are taking longer to certify diesel models for the US,” said BMW spokesperson Hector Arellano-Belloc, “but there has been no indication that […]

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Details on exactly how Volkswagen will pay back customers and the U.S. government over its diesel emissions scandal have been finalized. To settle with owners, Volkswagen has put together a pool of $10.033 billion to cover the cost of buybacks, emissions fixes and cash settlements. The brand has also agreed to pay the US government […]

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Daimler has hired auditing firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to help with an internal investigation into its diesel-engine emissions technology requested by the U.S. Department of Justice, the automaker said. Daimler is working with the DOJ and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to avert a crisis spurred by the EPA’s investigation into Volkswagen’s “defeat device” software that […]

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Following admission of more than two decades of misreported mpg data to Japanese authorities, the U.S. EPA says the company’s cars sold stateside are being scrutinized. “EPA has instructed Mitsubishi to provide additional information regarding their U.S. vehicles,” said the agency today in response to a query by HybridCars.com. “The agency will also be directing […]

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Volkswagen may have a settlement with government agencies, but might be continuing to lose car buyers with environmental concerns. The Sierra Club has just issued a statement attacking the proposed VW settlement. The environmental group took the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board to task for giving VW an easy way out. […]

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