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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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Tesla CEO Elon Musk will no longer be advising the President of the United States. Now that President Trump has confirmed that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris climate deal, Musk has made good on his promise of leaving President Trump’s advisory council. Yesterday, prior to the decision being made, Musk tweeted “Don’t know […]

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A Silicon Valley investor has launched a campaign to get Tesla CEO Elon Musk to exit his membership on the Trump administration’s advisory panel. Doug Derwin, a lawyer turned venture capitalist, had taken his earnings off a successful deal and plunked it down on a Tesla Model S. But weeks after the November presidential election, […]

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Americans prefer trucks, crossovers and SUVs, sales of passenger vehicles in 2016 hit a high of 17.5 million, and with that, the federal government says gasoline consumption hit an all time high last year too. According to the Energy Information Agency, motor gasoline consumption increased by 1.6 percent over 2015 to 9.327 million barrels per […]

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California has approved emissions standards that the White House still wants to review. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) finalized 2022-2025 emissions rules for the state and also set a mandate for zero-emission sales over the same time period. CARB has also ordered its workers to start on determining targets for beyond 2025. The U.S. […]

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As expected, the Trump administration said today it would re-open review of tough federal mpg and emissions standards that had been finalized under the Obama EPA. For the past few months clouds have been brewing over what the New York Times reported could lead also to an attack on California’s right to set its own […]

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As the Trump administration threatens to soften strict mpg rules through to 2025, in question is whether consumers will be winners or losers in the process. Clear in any case is money is on the line: big money. Carmakers have said federal rules intended to drive average window sticker values up from 25.1 mpg today […]

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Is the United States on its way toward Who Killed the Electric Car, part 2? That’s unknown, but this week the U.S. EPA is expected to begin a process intended to roll back Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards calling for increasingly stringent tailpipe emissions through 2025, and while it’s at it California is also […]

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For the sixth full year since the U.S. introduction of major-manufacturer plug-in electrified vehicles, sales in 2016 hit new highs and a few records were set. On the face of it, one might expect that as a matter of course for a still-budding market, but actually 2015 saw declines in the ever-changing electrified vehicle space, […]

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The Obama administration is looking to lock in fuel economy standards before Donald Trump takes office in January. This is happening as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to not change fuel economy and emissions standards through 2025. Under law, the EPA must decide by April 2018 whether to modify 2022-2025 model year vehicle […]

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