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House approves bill to exempt self-driving cars from safety standards, overrule state laws

House approves bill to exempt self-driving cars from safety standards, overrule state laws

The United States House of Representatives has taken the first step towards allowing automakers and technology companies to deploy self-driving cars on public roads. A House panel passed a proposal that would allow automakers and other companies to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles... read more

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Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Montana solar-power law rigging caught on live video, regrettably

The U.S. is coming up to its Independence Day holiday, in which we celebrate the Declaration of Independence from England and reflect on our history and traditions as a... read more June 30, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype

Electric-car noise rules to be canceled under Trump deregulation plan?

Modern electric cars have been on U.S. roads for seven years or so, and owners love their smooth, quiet, close to noise-free operation. That silence has been a bone of... read more June 26, 2017 by


 
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States have a battle plan if Trump rolls back fuel-economy, emission rules

The Trump Administration has had a challenging start on numerous fronts, but its work to slash emission rules and eliminate regulations continues. The EPA administrator... read more June 22, 2017 by


 
Teaser photo for next Volkswagen I.D. electric-car concept, to be shown at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

VW too will launch electric-car joint venture in China with partner

Volkswagen is following the lead of many other global automakers: it has signed a deal for a new electric-vehicle joint venture in China. The German automaker said this week... read more June 16, 2017 by


 
2018 Toyota C-HR

Some crossover SUVs get easier fuel-economy rules, others don't

What's a truck? If you tell your average suburban family that they're hauling their kids to school and sports practices in a truck, many will push back. "It's an SUV," you'll... read more June 12, 2017 by


 
Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London

Cities lead global push for cleaner, zero-emission cars

Carlos Ghosn, the man behind the Nissan Leaf electric car and now the chairman of the Renault Nissan Alliance, isn't the first to say it. But his recent comment that cities... read more May 23, 2017 by


 
Smog obscures George Washington Bridge, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]

EPA gets 29,000 comments on proposed elimination of environmental rules

Much of the news out of Washington, D.C., these days has to do with the possibility of political scandal. But the wheels of government keep turning, and significant changes... read more May 18, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Ruling that EPA must regulate carbon emissions: now 10 years old

Anniversaries often provide an opportunity to reflect on important past events, review what has happened since, and reflect upon the future. April 2 of this year marks the... read more May 11, 2017 by


 
Natural gas flaring from oil well [licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr user Sirdle]

EPA science advisers axed; execs from regulated industries to replace them (updated)

While much of the nation's capital is preoccupied with the unpredictable Trump administration and its possible ties to Russia, the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency... read more May 10, 2017 by


 
2017 BMW i3

Which carmakers show CA 2025 zero-emission vehicle rules already within reach? (updated)

The sales growth of electric cars has made strides in recent years, and California's Zero-Emission Vehicle mandate has much to do with that. The program adopted by the... read more May 10, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test

Lighter, more fuel-efficient cars are safer, study says, ignoring safety rules

It was one of several common tropes used 10 years ago against proposed regulations to boost average fuel economy. "More efficient cars will have to be lighter-weight, and... read more May 8, 2017 by


 
Tesla factory, Fremont, California

Solar panels, EV chargers required in new homes in Fremont, CA

Half a century ago, the General Motors assembly plant was the largest employer in Fremont, California, and the town was known for its dragstrip. Today, that plant makes Tesla... read more May 7, 2017 by


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

Energy use for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles: higher than electrics, even hybrids (analysis)

It's now clear that the zero-emission vehicles of the future will be powered by electric motors. The electricity to power those motors, however, will come from one of two... read more May 4, 2017 by


 
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Extra fuel used if 2022-2025 CAFE rules delayed would be low: here's the math

Barbie never said "Math is hard!" The talking doll did, notoriously, say "Math class is tough!" in 1989, sparking a media firestorm over gender roles in childrens' toys and... read more May 2, 2017 by


 
Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington

Newest, cleanest diesels in Europe can still be very dirty: analysis

It has become increasingly more evident that carmakers must take aggressive steps to ensure that diesel cars and light trucks meet current environmental regulations. Tests... read more April 28, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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