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Automaker lobbyists fail to overturn EPA emission rules

Automaker lobbyists fail to overturn EPA emission rules

A week ago, the EPA recommended that U.S. vehicle emission standards stay put for the years 2022 through 2025. According to the Technical Assessment Report the agency issued in July, automakers have so far quite successfully met standards in place since 2012 to cut emissions of the climate-change... read more

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EPA decides to maintain vehicle emission limits through 2025

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to maintain its existing limits on emissions of greenhouse gases for light-duty vehicles through 2025. Enacted by... read more December 1, 2016 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

EPA boosts required 2017 ethanol volume above expected level

Despite pressure to lower the amount of ethanol blended into the U.S. fuel supply, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has boosted its proposed ethanol volume for 2017... read more November 29, 2016 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai Ioniq Electric beats Prius Prime, BMW i3 on energy efficiency

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid's tenure as the most energy-efficient car on sale in the U.S. turned out to be short. The Toyota recently took the title of most... read more November 21, 2016 by


 
EPA gas-mileage label (window sticker), design used starting in model year 2013

EPA gas-mileage labels accurate, helpful, unlike 2005: Consumer Reports

Car buyers remain aware that the real-world fuel economy of new vehicles may not match the ratings on their window stickers. The year-old Volkswagen diesel scandal has also... read more November 15, 2016 by


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

Trump names proud climate-science denier to head EPA transition team

It didn't take long for the country to get its first indication of what a Donald Trump Administration could mean for U.S. climate policy. Trump has repeatedly denied the... read more November 11, 2016 by


 
Fuel gauge

EPA reports show automakers meeting fuel-economy, carbon emission rules

Low gas prices and high sales of crossovers and SUVs have led critics of current U.S. emissions standards to question whether automakers can continue meeting those standards... read more November 3, 2016 by


 
2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e plug-in hybrid, San Francisco, March 2015

Diesel cars dwindle as Mercedes-Benz C300d is pulled from U.S. before launch

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has had wide-ranging impacts globally, and specific local effects in the U.S. vehicle market. No VW Group brand will sell diesel vehicles in... read more October 27, 2016 by


 
FlexFuel badge on E85-capable 2009 Chevrolet HHR

EPA proposes to add more ethanol blends to 'Flex Fuel' category

Back in 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act included a Renewable Fuel Standard intended to boost adoption of lower-emission alternative fuels. It mandated... read more October 10, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

At 133 MPGe, Toyota Prius Prime wallops BMW i3 on energy efficiency

Move over, BMW: there's a new efficiency champion in town this year—and you'll have to give back that laurel wreath you've worn since 2014. Last week, final EPA... read more October 10, 2016 by


 
Chris Grundler, director of EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality [photo: EPA via Flickr]

EPA's emissions sleuth: the most powerful man you've never heard of

Current Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards require U.S. automakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 mpg (equivalent to roughly 40 mpg on the window sticker) by 2025... read more October 5, 2016 by


 
Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap

VW Dieselgate one year later: what have we learned about diesel cars?

It's now a year and eight days since the EPA broke the news that Volkswagen had admitted to including "defeat device" software in almost half a million so-called "clean... read more September 26, 2016 by


 
Harley-Davidson Street 750 by Alvin Dharmawan

Harley-Davidson actually sold emission defeat devices itself; will pay $12 million fine

It seems Volkswagen isn't the only vehicle manufacturer that has tried to circumvent emissions regulations. Harley-Davidson sold customers illegal "defeat devices" that... read more August 30, 2016 by


 
SEMA 2015

Car modifiers find EPA emission rules a useful whipping boy, politically

Medium- and heavy-duty trucks aren't used for racing very often. But that hasn't stopped an aftermarket-industry group from using recently-passed emissions standards for... read more August 30, 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


 
Semi trailer

EPA releases final heavy-truck emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled this week its final rules for reducing emissions from heavy-duty trucks, including semitractor-trailers, buses, and other heavy... read more August 19, 2016 by


 

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