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California goal: eliminate gasoline, diesel light vehicles altogether

California goal: eliminate gasoline, diesel light vehicles altogether

What if gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks were simply eliminated altogether from the new vehicles sold in a state? Residents of one state in the U.S. may, eventually, find out. California already leads the nation in promoting zero-emission vehicles, but the Golden State may soon take that... read more

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Cumulative battery-electric and plug-in hybrid sales in California to hit 250,000 in Nov 2016 [PEVC]

250,000th plug-in electric car to be sold in California alone this month

It's long been obvious that California is the epicenter of emission reduction and electric-car adoption in the United States. And its outsize influence on U.S. environmental... read more November 18, 2016 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Carmakers asked to extend CAFE comment period; EPA said no

It's probably the battle that will do most to determine the carbon emission from new U.S. vehicles over the next decade. Automakers want to modify, delay, or extend the... read more August 24, 2016 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Battle over CAFE standards begins now: will they change for 2022-2025?

Two weeks ago today, three federal and state agencies jointly released a "Technical Assessment Report" on how well automakers have done thus far in meeting corporate average... read more July 29, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

EPA: 2025 target of 54.5 mpg may not be met; SUVs, trucks, cheap gas to blame

A pair of U.S. federal agencies said yesterday that while automakers had complied with the first five years of stricter fuel-efficiency laws, the industry seemed unlikely to... read more July 19, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S undergoing assembly

California may cap ZEV-credit sales; why it matters to Tesla, and for electric cars

Changes to California's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) rules could soon cut a major source of income for Tesla. California emission rules require high-volume automakers to sell... read more July 12, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

Can VW, agencies meet April 21 diesel-fix deadline? EPA head not sure

Nine days remain until the deadline imposed by a judge for Volkswagen and two regulatory agencies to agree on the outline of a plan to modify vehicles affected by the... read more April 12, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

VW Diesel Cheating An 'Open Secret' In Engine Group: Report

A German newspaper has reported that the use of "defeat device" software to cheat on U.S. emissions laws was widespread knowledge within the diesel-engine group at Volkswagen... read more January 23, 2016 by


 
California Citrus State Historic Park

Leak At Natural-Gas Field Now One-Quarter Of All CA Methane Emissions (UPDATED)

For half a century, California has been at the forefront of reducing emissions and cleaning up air pollution. And the state has made breathtaking progress since the days of... read more January 13, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Environmental Justice Groups: Not So Fast, Musk--VW Diesels Must Be Fixed!

U.S. regulatory agencies still haven't approved a plan to modify the 482,000 Volkswagen 2.0-liter TDI diesel cars equipped with "defeat device" software used to circumvent... read more December 29, 2015 by


 
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Ignore VW Diesels, Make Company Sell Electric Cars: Tesla CEO Musk, 44 Others

It will cost a huge sum, likely billions of dollars, to make Volkswagen fix all of the 482,000 TDI diesel vehicles it has admitted use "defeat device" software to ignore... read more December 18, 2015 by


 
Volkswagen logo

Volkswagen Proposes 2.0-Liter Diesel Fixes As Crisis Continues

Being a Volkswagen executive these days may be one of the more thankless jobs in the auto industry. Among groups including car buyers, business travelers, and environmental... read more November 25, 2015 by


 
2016 Volkswagen Passat

2016 VW Diesel Lineup Withdrawn: Jetta, Passat, Golf, Beetle TDI Models May Be Modified

Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. arm, will testify today before Congress on the VW diesel-emission cheating scandal, including what he knew and when he knew it. His... read more October 8, 2015 by


 
2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

BMW i3 REx Electric Car: 'Coding' Unlocks Features Owners Want (And May Void Warranty)

The BMW i3 REx model is an unusual beast, the sole example to date of a car built specifically to comply with California regulations that define it as a zero-emission... read more August 28, 2015 by


 
2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

CA Renewable Hydrogen Rule: Forcing The Carbon Numbers To Work

California's plan to reduce carbon emissions from transportation anticipates a mix of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Recharging batteries from the electric... read more August 7, 2015 by


 
Tesla Model S 85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Tesla Success Shows 'Weakness' Of CA Zero-Emission Rules, Company Says

California's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) rules will become more stringent soon, extending to more carmakers and requiring more battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars to... read more June 19, 2015 by


 

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