emissions

 
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen driven: Fixed, but does it matter?

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen driven: Fixed, but does it matter?

The gentle rumble under the brown station wagon’s hood brings back memories of not too long ago as I sneak its 6-speed manual through the gears. So, too, the way it accelerates down a highway on-ramp—like warm maple syrup, the brown wagon moves substantially with just enough verve. From... read more

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Carmakers want emission, CAFE tweaks, not huge rollbacks, but won't say so publicly

As promised, the Trump administration has embarked on regulatory rollbacks across many fronts, some immediate and others taking longer. It remains unclear whether the EPA's... read more April 16, 2018 by


 
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... read more April 12, 2018 by


 
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EPA does not set fuel-economy limits: get this right, journalists!

Journalism as an industry is under great pressure these days. There are far more people writing "content" than in past decades, and in general they are having to produce more... read more April 10, 2018 by


 
Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London

Britain's electric utility backs earlier ban on new cars with engines, in 2030

Norway and The Netherlands started the trend a few years ago, though they're relatively tiny car markets. Then France and the U.K. joined in. China, the world's largest... read more April 9, 2018 by


 
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]

Pruitt's EPA emission rollback reasoning may well fail in court

Despite the sturm und drang around the announcement by embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt that he will relax emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles, not much will... read more April 9, 2018 by


 
Smokestacks pollution air quality

Paris climate accords look more and more like fantasy; the reality could be far worse

President Trump has taken a lot of flack for pulling out of the Paris climate accords, claiming they were a bad deal for the country he leads. Perversely, the problem with... read more April 9, 2018 by


 
2019 Chevrolet Silverado outside the Detroit auto show

Why trucks aren't a CAFE problem for carmakers, despite their lobbying claims

In response to automaker lobbying, the EPA plans to start the process of rolling back emission standards passed under the Obama Administration. Automakers claimed the... read more April 5, 2018 by


 
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8 things you should know about EPA plan to let cars emit more (cutting fuel economy as well)

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said yesterday the agency plans to modify rules limiting carbon-dioxide emissions for light-duty vehicles in model years 2022 through 2025. The... read more April 4, 2018 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

EPA to ease emission limits, reports say, setting up clash with California

The omens have been accumulating for months, as bits of information dribble out of the regulatory rumor mill in Washington, D.C. Now we have the most concrete reports yet... read more March 26, 2018 by


 
National Plug-In Day 2012: San Francisco, with 60 Nissan Leafs in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

CA attorney general: we will fight looser fuel-economy, emission rules

Last Tuesday, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said the agency does not intend to let California set the agenda for national emission limits on vehicles. He suggested to... read more March 19, 2018 by


 
Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]

Cutting carbon, meeting real-life emission tests, new electric cars to hurt profits, VW says

Well, that's awkward. At its annual media briefing on Wednesday, Volkswagen Group executives said the costs of meeting new emission tests in the EU, lowering carbon emissions... read more March 15, 2018 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Pruitt won't let California set emission standards; EPA not looking at post-2025 rules

Now, it's war, in the words of California's lead emission regulator. In what Bloomberg News called a "wide-ranging interview" with EPA chief Scott Pruitt, he indicated the... read more March 14, 2018 by


 
1970s Los Angeles smog depicted in the Honda short film "Never Ending Race."

Cars now clean enough that household products rival them for air pollution

The first major emission controls on motor vehicles were introduced in 1975 with the advent of the catalytic converter. Today's cars emit less than 1 percent of the three... read more March 13, 2018 by


 
Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs

In pictures: Volkswagen TDI diesels await their fate in Pike's Peak shadow

It might be the world’s largest single-company junkyard and pick-a-part business, if not for the prominent "No Trespassing" and "Drone-Free Zone" signs. Instead... read more March 13, 2018 by


 
Electric-car wells-to-wheels emission equivalencies in MPG, Mar 2018 [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Electric cars got even cleaner in a year, new grid data shows

More good news about electric cars in the U.S.: the emissions associated with the electricity used to charge them have fallen. Again. Based on the latest data on powerplant... read more March 9, 2018 by


 

 
 

 
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