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  • Freeway, Los Angeles, 2009 (photo by Myriam Thyes via Wikimedia)

    The Trump administration has ended talks with California aimed at settling their differences over increasing fuel economy and tightening emissions regulations, Reuters reported Thursday, citing an unnamed government official. In August, the EPA, led by Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, released a proposal to freeze emissions and associated fuel economy regulations at 2020 levels through 2026 and revoke California's unique right to set its own emissions standards. California has sued the EPA, and is now joined by 19 other states in the suit, most of which have signed on to follow its...

  • Freeway, Los Angeles, 2009 (photo by Myriam Thyes via Wikimedia)
    California Autobahn: Bill proposes to cut emissions by adding fast lanes

    In the wake of the debate over California’s complicated, delayed, and over-budget Los Angeles-to-San Francisco high-speed rail project, a bill introduced to the California State Senate last week comes up with a simpler solution: just add more freeway lanes, and get rid of the speed limit...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    Analysis: Wheeler says electric cars "not grounds for concern" at the EPA. Really?

    The EPA may publish window stickers for all new cars that list their fuel efficiency, but it's not clear the agency's acting administrator has read them. At BloombergNEF's Future Mobility summit in San Francisco, on Monday, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler told Bloomberg, "It is not the...

  • Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs
    Colorado takes first step toward California electric-vehicle mandate

    Electric cars aren't just for the coasts anymore. Colorado took its first step Thursday toward becoming the 10th state to follow California's zero-emissions vehicle mandate, which would require automakers to sell electric cars there. At an event where he rolled up in an electric car, Colorado's...

  • Kenworth T680 with Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, at 2019 CES
    Toyota and Kenworth to build 10 fuel-cell semis for LA port duty

    The word "drayage" isn't commonly used, even among green-car fans, but it's used by the shipping and logistics industries to refer to the transport of goods over short distances. Drayage turns out to be the sweet spot for early efforts to put zero-emission heavy trucks on the road, including a...

  • Carpool lanes I-5, Seattle, Washington [Credit: SounderBruce-Wikimedia Commons]
    California white and green carpool stickers expire New Year's Day

    California plug-in car drivers with white or green carpool stickers can no longer use carpool lanes starting Tuesday. The state passed a new program last March that invalidates both the white stickers for electric cars and the green stickers for plug-in hybrids with the start of 2019. For many of...

  • EVgo charging station in Union City, California with resused BMW i3 battery backup

    Drivers are buying electric cars, and advocates are keeping track. Last month, Veloz, an electric car advocacy organization consisting of regulators, automakers, charging manufacturers and networks, utilities and others, announced that the U.S. had surpassed 1 million electric car sales. That's still less than 1 percent of the approximately 270 million cars registered in the U.S. A single state can claim more than half of those cumulative sales. As of the end of November, Californians have bought more than 500,000 electric cars since the Nissan Leaf first went on sale in 2010. The exact tally...

  • Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss
    Colorado sides with California standards but won't yet mandate electric vehicles

    Colorado last week formally joined the ranks of states that are in some way choosing to adopt California’s rules for emissions, rather than those of the federal government. With a unanimous vote by the state’s Air Quality Control Commission, Colorado is joining Pennsylvania and...

  • Carpool lanes I-5, Seattle, Washington [Credit: SounderBruce-Wikimedia Commons]
    Look for new gridlock-busting purple California Clean Air stickers (Updated)

    California electric-car drivers have a new color to keep track of. Starting New Year's Day 2019, the state will issue updated Clean Air stickers that allow electric cars purchased after January 1 to access the state's carpool lanes, even without a carpool inside. The new purple decals will remain...

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    GM wants Trump administration to consider national electric-vehicle mandate

    The term “hail Mary” might be appropriate for what General Motors, led by chief executive officer Mary Barra, is attempting at this stage of the federal government’s dialog on fuel efficiency and electric vehicles. GM is launching an effort to propose a 50-state solution for...

  • 2019 Hyundai Nexo, Topanga Canyon, CA, Oct 2018
    2019 Hyundai Nexo: first drive of 380-mile fuel-cell crossover utility

    Pretty much any story on a new vehicle these days notes that new-car buyers are snapping up utility vehicles, while traditional sedans languish on sales lots. That puts Hyundai right on trend with its latest hydrogen-powered entry, the Nexo, which it dubs a crossover utility vehicle. It succeeds...

  • Chevrolet Bolt charging at Electrify America 350 kw charger at Home Depot in Chicopee, Mass.
    New electric-car ads to hit the other half of California drivers

    One problem with electric cars is that they may be invisible. Despite proliferating charging stations, multiplying car models, and extended range for many new electric cars, fewer than half of California drivers are even aware they exist, says Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources...

  • Electrify America DC fast chargers in Gulfport, Mississippi

    Midway through building its first installments of electric-car chargers, Electrify America sketched out plans for its second $200-million round of investments in California on Wednesday. These installations will add more California cities, target charging networks for ride hailing services and buses, and develop Level 2 home charging for low-income neighborhoods and rural areas. Among the new California cities and regions that will get Electrify America chargers are the Riverside-San Bernardino corridor in eastern Los Angeles, and the Santa Cruz-Watsonville and Santa Rosa regions in Northern...

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    VW diesel settlement, California clean air, and fuel economy demands: Today's Car News

    California clean air regulators held a reportedly contentious meeting with Trump administration officials over the proposal to roll back fuel economy standards. A wide survey of Americans told researchers that they're dissatisfied with the fuel economy their cars get now, implying they might want...

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    Study: Jump in electric vehicles may not stress California's power grid (Update)

    Electric-car critics have said that more EVs on the road could stress already overburdened electric power grids past the breaking point. Now, a study released this week by a California nonprofit suggests that may not be true. San Francisco-based think tank Next 10 published reports this week that...

  • Chevy Bolt EV
    Automakers make plea to 9 state governors to help boost electric, zero-emissions car sales

    Seeking to kick-start electric car sales outside of California, the lobbying group that represents a dozen automakers said Monday that it sent letters to nine state governors urging them to help spur zero-emissions vehicle demand. In the letters, the automakers urge the state governors to boost...

  • 2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive
    New Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid coming for 2019

    Subaru announced Friday that its long-awaited Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in model, will go on sale as a 2019. Last month, Car and Driver reported that Subaru filed the trademark name Evoltis with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, leading to speculation that the name could be applied to the...

  • CARB ZEV vehicle game board 2018
    Automakers play high-stakes CARB game to earn zero emissions vehicle credits

    Editor's note: Green Car Reports covers a lot of electric cars—and there are a lot more to cover these days, thanks to California's complex requirements that major automakers produce zero emissions vehicles for sale. For fans of clean cars—as well as opponents—it's difficult to...

  • Honda Clarity Electric at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017

    The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric car rolled into California and Oregon dealerships this week, but nobody can buy it. It's only available for lease for $199 a month for 36 months with $1,499 due at signing. That figure reflects the $7,500 federal tax credit, which Honda finance will keep as part of the capitalized cost reduction of the lease. CHECK OUT: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: weekend drive review The Clarity Electric, however, also qualifies for a $2,500 tax rebate in each of the states where it's sold. Counting the state tax credit, consumers can drive home the Clarity Electric for...

  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra provides an update on the ignition switch recall investigation
    Automakers may not want to roll back fuel-economy standards after all

    Averting a showdown between 17 states and the federal government may take priority over industry-friendly fuel-economy targets. At least, that's what they're saying. Reports leading up to a May 11 meeting between leaders of America's automotive industry and President Donald Trump indicate that...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf with EVgo fast charger at NJ Turnpike Molly Pitcher travel plaza, Feb 2018
    PG&E offers new $3,000 rebate to Nissan Leaf buyers

    PG&E announced a new $3,000 purchase incentive for new Nissan Leafs that comes directly off the purchase price and on top of a $7,000 rebate from the state and the $7,500 federal tax credit. With all incentives PG&E customers can buy a new Leaf for $16,500.

  • National Plug-In Day 2012: San Francisco, with 60 Nissan Leafs in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
    Deal between EPA, California on auto emissions may still be possible

    Over the many months EPA administrator Scott Pruitt signaled his intention to revisit the Obama administration's emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles, California warned that it would not go along with any reductions. The state has been allowed to set its own emission standards for...

  • WaiveCar Hyundai Ioniq Electric
    2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric "Unlimited" subscription more limited this year

    While global demand for the Hyundai Ioniq Electric appears to be strong, supplies have remained limited. The battery-electric compact hatchback, rated at 124 miles of range by the EPA, forgoes the "weird styling" of contenders like the previous Nissan Leaf. In the U.S., however, the all-electric...

  • 2014 Tesla Model S in China
    What China learned from California about getting electric cars on its roads

    In the U.S., California has long been viewed culturally as the crazy, free-spirited cousin. As Californians like to point out, their state of 40 million people is also the world's sixth-largest economy all by itself. Resolutely progressive, it has regulated vehicle emissions for five decades and...

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