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EPA To Tighten Gas-Mileage Test Rules, Audit More Ratings From Carmakers

EPA To Tighten Gas-Mileage Test Rules, Audit More Ratings From Carmakers

The EPA plans to audit more of the gas-mileage test data submitted by carmakers, and tighten its rules for that testing, after fuel-economy ratings on almost 20 recent models proved to be too high and had to be reduced. The move follows the highly publicized rollbacks of gas-mileage ratings over... read more

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2013 Ford C-Max Energi  -  Driven, June 2013

EPA Wants Carmakers To Verify Gas Mileage With Road Testing Too

Several automakers have come under fire in recent years over reported EPA gas mileage figures that prove unattainable in the real world. According to the Wall Street Journal... read more July 15, 2014 by 


 
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, test drive, Catskill Mountains, NY, Mar 2013

Ford Cuts Gas Mileage On 6 Models: What You Need To Know, And Open Questions

The news yesterday was simple: Ford has lowered the gas-mileage and efficiency ratings for six of its 2013 and 2014 models. Three are hybrids from Ford and Lincoln, two are... read more June 13, 2014 by 


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Do New EPA Emission Rules Just Hasten Coal's Inevitable Death?

Take a deep breath and relax. It is highly unlikely that "millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark" (in the words of a critic) once new EPA rules lowering carbon... read more June 8, 2014 by 


 
2016 Fiat 500X prototype body shell in assembly plant in Melfi, Italy

Cost Of New EPA Carbon Limits? About $7 Per Car: Report

Every time a new environmental regulation is proposed in the United States, there's a predictable chorus of doom-and-gloom predictions that it will kill jobs, cause... read more June 6, 2014 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

EPA's Coal-Plant Emissions Rules: This Will Be The Big Fight

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new regulations to cut the carbon emissions of more than 600 existing coal-fired electric power... read more June 2, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 range-extender EPA window sticker (Image: Tom Moloughney)

2014 BMW i3 REx Window Sticker Revealed, 39 MPG On Gasoline: BREAKING

Yesterday we reported on the delay getting range-extended versions of BMW's 2014 i3 electric car to the market, pending the confirmation and fitment of their EPA-approved... read more May 21, 2014 by 


 
2015 Jeep Renegade, 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Chrysler: Mild Hybrids Coming, Says Electric Cars 'Overblown By Media'

Yesterday's multi-hour presentation of the five-year plan for the combined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was called "Chryslerpalooza" by local Detroit reporters who sat through... read more May 7, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Rated At 81 Miles, 124 MPGe: BREAKING

Well, the numbers are in, courtesy of a quickly-photographed window sticker, and now we know the range and efficiency ratings for the 2014 BMW i3 electric car. The EPA-rated... read more May 1, 2014 by 


 
Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)

Automakers Met Carbon-Emission Limits In 2012 With Room To Spare

As U.S. emissions standards grow stricter, carmakers appear to be keeping pace thus far. Cars and light-duty trucks built for the 2012 model year beat EPA environmental... read more April 28, 2014 by 


 
Gas pump

EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect Reality: Cellulosic Sources Don't Exist

For many months now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has faced a dilemma: What to do about its rules that millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol be blended into... read more April 23, 2014 by 


 
Gas pump

Sulfur In Gasoline To Fall By Two-Thirds In 2017 To Cut Emissions

While automakers work to lower vehicle emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is turning its attention to the fuel that powers those cars. The EPA will... read more March 4, 2014 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Flex-Fuel Vehicles And E85: Why Ethanol Isn't Making Its Numbers

When the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act was passed in 2007, ethanol was viewed as a way to cut gasoline consumption and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Seven... read more February 20, 2014 by 


 
2014 Peterbilt 579

Obama Tells EPA To Set Next Heavy-Duty Truck Fuel-Efficiency Rule

Not all U.S. vehicles that burn gasoline or diesel fuel are passenger car and light trucks. Medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks make up a small percentage of the traffic... read more February 20, 2014 by 


 
54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025

Hybrids, Electrics Not Needed To Reach 54.5 MPG In 2025: Industry Exec

For some companies in the auto industry, building cars to hit a target of 54.5 mpg by 2025 may seem like a near-impossible task. But to others, the EPA's Corporate Average... read more January 17, 2014 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Could Congress Kill Ethanol Mandate Altogether In 2014?

Ethanol has been a key component of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard since the 2007 passage of the Energy Security and Independence Act. Now, there appears to be a chance... read more December 30, 2013 by 


 
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