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VW engineer gets 40 months in jail, $200K fine, for diesel cheating role

VW engineer gets 40 months in jail, $200K fine, for diesel cheating role

Former Volkswagen employee James Liang was sentenced in Detroit on Friday to serve 40 months in prison and pay a $200,000 fine for his role in the global Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal. It was a stiffer sentence than expected for an engineer who helped to create software that... read more

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Gas pump

Carmaker lobbyist urges fuel-economy deal to keep emission limits, but stretch them out (updated)

Automakers appear to have united behind a surprising position: reviews of emission rules should not involve scrapping the current standards. The Alliance of Automobile... read more August 11, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

For pickup trucks, more than half all fuel savings come in 2022-2025 CAFE rules

Sometimes, when science and technology issues have economic or political consequences, incorrect or misleading information and analyses can be propagated through the media... read more August 9, 2017 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

VW exec to plead guilty to diesel cheating charges after jail, house arrest

It has been almost two years since Volkswagen changed the prospects for diesel-powered cars when it admitted to eight years' worth of cheating on emissions tests for its... read more August 4, 2017 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Decline of oil: Bloomberg suggests what it could look like

Predictions on the future of global energy vary greatly, but many analysts largely believe that peak demand for the oil industry is coming relatively soon. The world's... read more August 2, 2017 by


 
International Paper Company mill, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]

EPA museum may axe climate-change display, add one on coal

The museum at the Environmental Protection Agency may soon be in for an overhaul to reflect the agenda of the Trump administration. It's no secret Scott Pruitt, current EPA... read more August 1, 2017 by


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

U.S. government climate scientists restricted, sidelined, limited

Months into Donald Trump's presidency, it is clear the administration has worked diligently to downplay the role of science in setting policy on energy. Some moves to... read more July 28, 2017 by


 
Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

UK to ban diesel, gasoline car sales by 2040; follows France, Norway, Holland bans

The United Kingdom will follow in the footsteps of some European countries as it announced plans to ban the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars by the year 2040. The... read more July 27, 2017 by


 
2014 Audi A6 2.0 TDI Ultra

European commissioner warns against cities' diesel bans, fears market collapse

The warning came even before last week's plans for updates to 9 million European diesel cars by German luxury makers Audi and Mercedes-Benz were announced. In a letter sent... read more July 27, 2017 by


 
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Next Mercedes-Benz small cars to get even tinier engines

Not so many years ago, a 1.2-liter engine would only have been found in the U.S. in the smallest and least impressive of subcompact cars. It might have been a 3-cylinder, and... read more July 26, 2017 by


 
2013 Audi TDI range

Audi, Mercedes now updating European diesels for emissions; more to come?

Both Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and Volkswagen Group have approved new plans to retrofit older diesel-powered vehicles with new software at no cost to owners. The largest... read more July 25, 2017 by


 
Felix Kramer and his fleet: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Plug in Prius

Green Car Glossary: vehicles, emissions, fuels, electric cars, powertrains energy (updated)

As rules to boost fuel economy and lower carbon emissions in vehicles around the world continue to stiffen, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more... read more July 24, 2017 by


 
2014 BMW 328d

EU investigating diesel collusion among Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, VW: report

As numerous political probes over the years have famously shown, once investigators dig into the circumstances around an alleged crime, anything can happen. The September... read more July 21, 2017 by


 
Freightliner Inspiration Truck self-driving truck concept

Several states want far cleaner diesel trucks; EPA to start rulemaking?

Almost one-third of the heavy trucks on U.S. roads now use the most stringent emission-control systems, which radically reduce their emissions of nitrogen oxides, soot, and... read more July 16, 2017 by


 
Semi trailer

Diesel trucks with latest emission controls displacing dirtier, older ones on U.S. roads

The phrase "clean diesel" has largely fallen into ill repute after it was associated with Volkswagen's diesel emission deceit, but the latest diesel technology can honestly... read more July 14, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Combustion engines: high emissions from short commutes a huge challenge

Drivers in the U.S. have longer commutes than those in Europe and Asia, on average. In the U.K., short commutes in vehicles with combustion engines—whether gasoline or... read more July 11, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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