China has a plan for all its electric-car startups; they may not like it

China has a plan for all its electric-car startups; they may not like it

It has been an official goal of the Chinese government to encourage the development and sale of plug-in electric cars for several years now. They are intended not only to help fight the choking air pollution in many parts of the country, but also give China's auto industry an edge in future... read more

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2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

Can VW, agencies meet April 21 diesel-fix deadline? EPA head not sure

Nine days remain until the deadline imposed by a judge for Volkswagen and two regulatory agencies to agree on the outline of a plan to modify vehicles affected by the... read more April 12, 2016 by

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

Deadline for regulators, VW to agree on diesel changes extended to April 21

"Six months is enough," said Judge Charles Breyer in February, when he imposed a March 24 deadline for regulators and Volkswagen to agree how to modify 580,000 diesel... read more March 25, 2016 by

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

VW diesel emissions scandal: what you need to know in 10 questions (updated)

Friday, March 18th, will mark six months since the news that Volkswagen deliberately circumvented U.S. EPA emissions laws on so-called "clean diesel" models sold from 2009... read more March 17, 2016 by

Electric Avenue charging stations in Portland, Oregon [photo: Portland General Electric]

Oregon Debates EV Charging Stations: Cost Or Benefit For Utility Customers?

Electric-car ownership allows you to break free from petroleum dependence—and to instead plug in and spend your energy dollars locally and regionally, on energy from... read more February 16, 2016 by

2016 Dodge Dart

Will Tighter CAFE Rules Bring More Trucks, Fewer Small Cars?

The entire auto industry was startled when Fiat Chrysler said two weeks ago it would end production of its Dodge Dart compact car and its Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. The... read more February 10, 2016 by

Electric Avenue charging stations in Portland, Oregon [photo: Portland General Electric]

Should Utility Customers Pay For Electric-Car Charging Stations They Don't Use?

California is by far the most advanced state in adopting plug-in electric cars. Fully 45.3 percent of the country's more than 400,000 plug-in cars were sold in California... read more February 5, 2016 by

2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid

All Those Plug-In Hybrid Models? They're For China, More Than The U.S.

Between now and 2020, the three German luxury brands--Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz-- will collectively add more than a dozen plug-in hybrid models to their lineups. The goal... read more January 28, 2016 by

Elio Motors prototype at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

NHTSA To Alter Vehicle Code To Prevent 3-Wheelers Like Elio

Elio Motors is still working to put its three-wheeled, "84-mpg," two-seat car into production, which is proving to be quite a task. The company turned to a "crowdfunding"... read more January 7, 2016 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

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EU Regulators Dilute New Emission Rules To Allow 2.1 Times The Legal Limits Until 2020

The official press release from the European Union sounds as though Wednesday's vote on new emission-testing rules makes it tougher for automakers to cheat as Volkswagen... read more October 30, 2015 by

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

VW: $50 Million In Tax Credits, Wanted Electric-Car Credits For Diesels Too

Buyers of various Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles took about $50 million in Federal income-tax credits in 2009 for the purchase of their supposedly green car. With Michael... read more October 8, 2015 by

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

European Makers: NOx Limits Must Rise For Real-World Emissions Tests

Carmakers in Europe, Asia, and North America have met exhaust emission limits for decades, as measured by strict standardized vehicle tests on dynamometers, or "rolling... read more October 5, 2015 by

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Why Did Volkswagen Cheat On Diesel Emissions In Its TDI Cars?

The bad news for Volkswagen just keeps on coming. In the last week, the company has fired much of its upper management, eradicated all mention of its TDI diesels from its... read more September 26, 2015 by

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

EPA Will 'Up Its Game' With New Tests For Emissions Cheating

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will develop better ways to detect cheating on emissions testing in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, the agency's... read more September 24, 2015 by

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI driven to all 48 contiguous states with just $300 of fuel

VW Emission Cheating Could Kill Diesel Passenger Cars In U.S., Even Globally

We're just four days into the Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal, but it's not too early to ask about its ultimate ramifications. The 482,000 VW and Audi cars being... read more September 23, 2015 by


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