Today, Volkswagen soon may have new software (and possibly hardware) for tens of thousands of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles; CAFE incentives for cleaner vehicles may have some unintended—and dirty—consequences; and, the cost of a carbon tax and how it would work is all up next.

Tesla is reportedly getting behind a plan in China to standardize electric car charging as the automaker builds sales momentum in that country.

The combination of the words "Carbon" and "Tax" is enough to empty Washington D.C. for a long weekend. But a Carbon Tax could raise a lot of money and lower a lot of emissions: here's how it could work.

How does one electric Ford Focus contribute up to 45 tons of carbon dioxide next year? Researchers report that CAFE incentives for carmakers to clean up their acts may have the opposite effect for the next few years—and that might be OK.

Volkswagen is reportedly close to finalizing a fix for its illegally polluting 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines that could include a software update, or a new catalytic converter—or both—and that's it. In other words: Don't hold your breath for a buyback for those cars.

Chemists are nearly positive they can alleviate the negative consequences of making battery anodes. (See what we did there?)

Now that Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne has fresh ink on paper with Google, he's not so pessimistic on the near-future for autonomous cars. Wonder why?

Finally, The Car Connection has its hands on a Volkswagen Passat TSI for the next few months. It may not be the mileage king like the old Passat TDI they had but, you know, this one is legal.


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