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

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 electric car even though it has a range-extending engine. That's because its gasoline range (EPA-rated at 78 miles) is more or less... read more

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Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Final EPA Power-Plant Rules: Far More Impact On Coal States

The completed rules issued this week by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from power plants run 1,560 pages--nighttime reading only for policy wonks. But the agency's final... read more August 7, 2015 by 


 
Daimler Trucks North America SuperTruck

Proposed 2021 Fuel Economy Rules For Heavy-Duty Trucks, Buses Released

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released proposed standards that would further boost the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses, starting in the 2021... read more June 22, 2015 by 


 
BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo Power eDrive prototype

BMW To Make Whole Lineup Electric, With Range Extenders, AWD: Report

German carmaker BMW may be on the cusp of the most radical transformation in its history--one that will stun the auto industry if it comes to pass. If a report from early... read more June 18, 2015 by 


 
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ

EPA Insider: Agency Bluffed Carmakers To Get CAFE Standards

Sometimes in negotiations, it's best to open with an unrealistic offer. That leaves room to deal. In the end, the party making the offer gets what it really wanted--less than... read more April 7, 2015 by 


 
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Gas Mileage Rules For 2025 Could Be Lowered If Buyers Stick With SUVs

Thus far, automakers appear to have had little trouble meeting the corporate average fuel economy rules that started for 2012 vehicle and will rise steadily through 2025. The... read more March 19, 2015 by 


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

UK Official Says Encouraging Diesel Cars To Lower Carbon Was 'Wrong'

For at least 20 years, diesel cars have been much more popular in Europe than in the United States. Because diesel combustion is more efficient than gasoline combustion, the... read more January 30, 2015 by 


 
Sergio Marchionne

Chrysler CEO: Industry Can Meet MPG Targets, But They Should Be Delayed

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of newly merged Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is not a man to mince words. While carmakers can meet fuel-economy requirements for 2025, he said last week... read more January 19, 2015 by 


 
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Fuel-Economy Rules Likely To Stay Put Through Midterm Review: Consensus

Gas prices have fallen 40 percent in a year. Sales of SUVs and crossover utility vehicles are up, while hybrid sales are flat or falling. And a midterm review is coming up... read more December 29, 2014 by 


 
LC Super Hybrid lead-carbon battery technology

Lead Batteries Likely To Be With Us A Long, Long Time: European Study

Lead is terrible stuff: damaging to humans in even small quantities, and persistent if it's improperly disposed of. Nonetheless, it's a central element of technology that has... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
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Could Gasoline Below $3 A Gallon Doom Rising Gas-Mileage Rules?

By most accounts, the world is pretty much awash in oil these days. Increases in North American shale-oil production have boosted supply to the point where there's now... read more November 7, 2014 by 


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

Were Small Cars Exactly The Wrong Way To Launch Electric Cars?

Historically, most technology innovations in automobiles start at the high end and gradually work their way down the lineup until they've become standard features of even the... read more October 31, 2014 by 


 
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

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... read more October 20, 2014 by 


 
2014 Volvo S60L production in China

China Puts Teeth Into Gas-Mileage Rules, Will 'Punish' Makers Who Don't Comply

Several countries are implementing stricter fuel-efficiency standards, but none appear to be enforcing them as strictly as China. Perhaps thinking U.S.-style fines were too... read more October 17, 2014 by 


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

Further Crackdowns On Diesel Emissions Only A Matter Of Time?

Both the U.S. and Europe have implemented tighter emissions or fuel-economy standards for gasoline-powered vehicles, but Europe's legion of diesel cars and trucks may get... read more October 15, 2014 by 


 
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U.S. Will Meet Fuel-Economy Goals Despite Higher Truck, SUV Sales, EPA Says

New-car average fuel economy has steadily risen over the past few years, as carmakers work to meet stricter U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. It's natural to... read more October 14, 2014 by 


 

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