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Cities lead global push for cleaner, zero-emission cars

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 are driving the push for electric cars is an important one, because it indicates a prime market for their advantages. The... read more

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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


 
Gas pump

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


 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor strapped to a dyno

Trump budget slashes EPA emission testing, hits makers with higher fees

The prospect of ongoing operations as usual continues to darken for the Environmental Protection Agency. According to a detailed internal budget document published in the The... read more April 7, 2017 by


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

Trump's climate-change order: now what happens?

These do not appear to be the best of times for President Donald J. Trump, but his agenda of eliminating regulations and promoting fossil fuels continues to roll out. This... read more March 31, 2017 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

E15 gasoline faces stronger headwinds as more states move to ban it

While political control in Washington has changed, the debate over a mandate to blend specific volumes of ethanol into the U.S. fuel supply has not. Since its passage in 2007... read more March 27, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

EPA to reopen emission-rule review; how important is this step?

Tomorrow is expected to be the day when President Donald Trump announces the EPA will reopen the comment period for the vehicle emissions standards it finalized in the waning... read more March 14, 2017 by


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

Trump budget to slash EPA funds, ax staff, kill climate-change plans: reports

Imagine appointing a lifelong pacifist, who believes it is never justifiable to take up arms against any man, to run the U.S. armed forces. The appointment of Scott Pruitt as... read more March 7, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

EPA to reopen 2022-2025 auto-emission rule decision: report

It looks like lobbying pays off, at least in the case of EPA emission rules. According to numerous recent reports, the EPA is expected to reopen the commenting period for... read more March 6, 2017 by


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

Photos reveal how polluted the U.S. was before EPA was founded

It can be argued that the current presidential administration appears to lack interest in the traditional mission of the Environmental Protection Agency. As a candidate... read more March 3, 2017 by


 
BMW M3 M Performance exhaust

Auto lobby again asks to redo emission rule, to new EPA chief Pruitt this time

Lobbyists for the world's automakers continue to ask the new presidential administration to revisit an EPA decision to finalize emissions standards through 2025. Just days... read more February 23, 2017 by


 
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Carmakers ask Trump to review EPA rules, use discredited job projection

Just days after the presidential election, an automaker lobbying group wrote Donald Trump asking him to change or delay an EPA decision that kept planned exhaust-emission... read more February 13, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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