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VW May Buy Back (Some) TDI Diesel-Cheating Cars In U.S.: Report

VW May Buy Back (Some) TDI Diesel-Cheating Cars In U.S.: Report

Volkswagen is still not ready to launch a recall of diesel cars with "defeat device" software in the U.S., meaning customers are still in limbo. Given the significant costs likely involved in modifying many cars to meet emissions standards, many analysts and VW owners have called for the company to... read more

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wind farm

Small Wind Turbines Now Offered On Leases, Like Solar Panels

Small solar-panel installations have allowed homeowners to lower carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity as well. Electric-car drivers with home solar... read more January 3, 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


 
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

China Emission Standards: So Tough Honda Will Have All Hybrids By 2025

China is the world's largest market for new cars, and it also has some of the world's worst air pollution. Cities have had to limit new-car sales and restrict car use to... read more December 28, 2015 by


 
Indian traffic [Image: Flickr user Peter Eich]

Fuel Economy Improvements: Too Slow In Developed Countries, Minimal In Rest Of World

Several countries have policies in place demanding greater fuel economy or reduced carbon emissions from new cars, in the hopes of combating climate change. While the average... read more December 28, 2015 by


 
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Cars Vs. Planes: Which Emits More Carbon? (Which Sins Worse?)

Eco-activists often indict air travel as a carbon-spewing threat to the global climate. Worldwide, commercial jets pour an estimated 700 million tons of carbon dioxide into... read more December 26, 2015 by


 
2016 Ram 1500

Chrysler Conundrum: Truck Sales Mean Buying Emission-Credits From Tesla, Toyota, Honda

When it comes to fuel efficiency, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is among the lowest of all U.S. automakers. The company was at the bottom of the most recent Union of... read more December 23, 2015 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Budget Bill Cuts EPA Funding, But Keeps Clean Power Plan Intact

Late last week, Congressional leaders reached an agreement on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September. The negotiations lasted until... read more December 21, 2015 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

VW Gets More Time To Figure Out TDI Diesel Emission Update

It's been just over three months since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first revealed that Volkswagen diesel cars were equipped with "defeat device" software... read more December 21, 2015 by


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

VW: Small Group Of Engineers Built Diesel Cheat Software From 2005

Volkswagen now blames a small group of engineers unable to meet stiff U.S. regulations for its diesel-emissions cheating. The company says a small group of engineers were... read more December 14, 2015 by


 
2014 BMW i3 electric cars waiting at East Coast shipping port for distribution, May 2014

Switching The World To Electric Vehicles Will Take Way Longer Than You Think

Increasingly-aggressive emissions targets will soon force automakers to build more plug-in electric cars. Norway has proposed all but eliminating new internal-combustion car... read more December 14, 2015 by


 
West Coast mayors announce carbon reduction, EV consortium  -  Portland  -  December 2015

West Coast Mayors Form EV Consortium, Pledge Carbon Reductions

As world leaders met this past week in Paris to discuss carbon reductions on a global scale, mayors of four large West Coast cities—Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle... read more December 13, 2015 by


 
2016 Volkswagen Golf

VW's European Efficiency Issue: Only 'Slight Deviations' On 9 Cars

Volkswagen said two days ago that an issue involving potentially inaccurate reporting of carbon emissions in cars sold in Europe is "largely concluded." The problem--entirely... read more December 11, 2015 by


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

EU Regulators Gave In To VW, Exxon Demands For Easier Emission Rules

At first glance, new European Union emissions-testing rules might seem to make it tougher for carmakers to cheat in the same way Volkswagen did with its diesel engines. The... read more December 8, 2015 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt EV at Drive Electric Week event, Los Angeles [photo: Zan Dubin Scott]

Every New Car Emission-Free By 2050? 'ZEV Alliance' Plans To Make It So

As the United Nations COP21 climate-change talks continue in Paris, a group of local and national governments plans drastic reductions in vehicle emissions over the next 35... read more December 7, 2015 by


 
Beijing smog

Beijing Smog So Severe It Requires Headlights At Noon

China's air pollution is notorious, and anyone not aware of the extent of the problem got a graphic demonstration last week. For about five days, Beijing essentially... read more December 6, 2015 by


 

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