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A former director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the office asked for steep fuel efficiency increases for SUVs as a negotiation technique, knowing that the requested numbers were unrealistic. In 2011, the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the major carmakers met to create new fuel economy and emissions standards set […]

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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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Toyota has said it plans to increase its already strong U.S. commitment to hybrids by making individual hybrid variants of all its models in coming years but the automaker has already gone beyond this in Europe where 92 percent of all Lexus vehicles sold are hybrids. That’s correct. Rather than merely having an electrified and […]

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