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

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 lenient, the country that is now the world's largest new-car market will "punish" carmakers who don't comply with upcoming... read more

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Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.

Six California Electric-Car Bills Signed By Governor Brown

As thousands participated in National Drive Electric Week events around the country last week, California took further steps to promote electric cars. Governor Jerry Brown... read more September 26, 2014 by 


 
Nissan Leaf electric car recharging at ESB ecars charging point in Ireland

Electric Cars In Ireland: How To Get To The Tipping Point?

Ireland is--or should be--an ideal place for large-scale adoption of electric cars. The island is compact; it has a vibrant IT sector, a favorable policy environment, and... read more September 7, 2014 by 


 
Electric car drivers in Helsinki. Image: electrictraffic.fi

Which City Wants To Make Privately-Owned Cars Obsolete?

Instead of continually improving the efficiency of cars, might it be better to replace them entirely? A few cities encourageresidents to eschew car use for public transit... read more August 27, 2014 by 


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

Rising Gas Mileage Means Cars & Trucks Use Less Of U.S. Transportation Energy

The efficiency of cars and trucks gets plenty of attention, but they compromise only one piece of the U.S. transportation puzzle. So how do light-duty vehicles compare to... read more July 24, 2014 by 


 
Green vehicles parked across from Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

California Puts Its Electric-Car Owner Survey Info Online

Plug-in electric cars are driving silently off showroom floors in growing numbers--but who is buying them, and why? Data on electric-car owners can provide valuable insight... read more June 24, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

Atlanta's Success In Electric-Car Sales Highlights Incentives Role

While West Coast cities have a reputation for electric-car friendliness, there's also an Eastern success story--one in which purchase incentives play a major role. Georgia... read more June 12, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Eight-State Plan To Boost Electric Cars In Northeast, CA: More Details

Last October, eight states announced plans to promote the sale of more than 3 million electric cars by 2025, a massive leap from the 200,000 or so currently on U.S. roads... read more May 30, 2014 by 


 
China

China To Ban 6 Million Gross Polluters From Roads In Smog Fight

More-efficient new vehicles and stricter emissions standards can help reduce air pollution, but the effect is limited if older, dirtier cars remain on the road in large... read more May 28, 2014 by 


 
Diesel

U.N. Study Concludes Diesel Particulates Low, And Declining In Europe & U.S.

Particulate-matter emissions are one of the major environmental hazards of diesel cars and trucks, but the problem may not be as great as it appears. A new paper (PDF) from... read more May 23, 2014 by 


 
China

China Push For Lower Emissions: Smaller, More Efficient Engines, Mild Hybrids

China may be the world's largest car market, but increased air pollution has created a public backlash against the automobile. It's also spurring the government to take... read more May 14, 2014 by 


 
Mitsubishi i electric car at San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

Nine New Projects Announced For Clean Vehicles In National Parks

If you're planning a summer vacation to a U.S. national park this summer, you may start to see a few changes when you get there. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean... read more April 15, 2014 by 


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

U.S. To Stay Global First In Vehicle Miles Driven, Says Futurist

China may buy more cars, but U.S. drivers will continue to rack up the most miles, according to a futurist. At the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Peter Phelps said the U.S... read more April 15, 2014 by 


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Does 'Peak Car' Mean 100 Million Vehicles A Year, Forever?

Looking at all of the vehicles on the average U.S. highway, it's hard to imagine that car use could ever decline. Yet that's exactly what some analysts are predicting. A new... read more March 4, 2014 by 


 
Tshering Tobgay, prime minister of Bhutan, with Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Nissan Leaf electric car

Nissan To Work With Bhutan Toward 'Electric-Car Nation' Goal

The small Asian nation of Bhutan has a very big goal: It hopes to convert the country's vehicles to almost all electric power. Today, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and... read more February 21, 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 


 
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