Report: EPA backs off plans to freeze fuel economy rules–slightly

Report: EPA backs off plans to freeze fuel economy rules–slightly

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced Thursday that the agency will delay and revise its plan to freeze emissions and fuel-economy rules, which was expected to be released early this month. The proposed rule, the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule, would freeze fuel-economy... read more

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German prosecutors find collusion between automakers over diesel emissions

The Mueller report may not show collusion between Russia and President Trump's campaign, but European anti-trust regulators say they have found collusion among German... read more April 8, 2019 by

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Recalls of older cars for excess emissions may get more sunlight this year

Earlier this month, the EPA announced a voluntary recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of nearly 900,000 older vehicles for excessive emissions. The announcement may have... read more March 28, 2019 by

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington

Dieselgate continued: SEC charges VW and its ex-boss with fraud

Amazingly, the diesel emissions case against Volkswagen in the U.S. is still gaining steam. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged VW and its former CEO Martin... read more March 15, 2019 by

2014 Dodge Avenger

Not just diesel: FCA recalling 860K cars for emissions failure

Fiat Chrysler has recalled 862,520 gas-powered vehicles after on-road testing showed they might not meet emissions standards. The vehicles to be recalled, including the Dodge... read more March 13, 2019 by

2019 Honda Insight

EPA says fuel economy rose in 2017, but it may be falling again

An EPA report released Wednesday shows that cars are getting better gas mileage in response to rising fuel economy standards. Yet a roaring economy and low gas prices have... read more March 11, 2019 by

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

Senate confirms coal lobbyist Wheeler as EPA head

The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler to head the agency. Since Wheeler became the acting administrator last July, he has released plans to... read more February 28, 2019 by

2009 BMW X5 xDrive 35d

Germany fines BMW over diesel emissions

German automakers have been under a microscope when it comes to emissions from their diesel cars, which were formerly bestsellers in Europe. After Daimler, Volkswagen, and... read more February 28, 2019 by

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

EPA cuts off fuel-economy talks with California

The Trump administration has ended talks with California aimed at settling their differences over increasing fuel economy and tightening emissions regulations, Reuters... read more February 22, 2019 by

2019 Ford Ranger

Ford investigates its own fuel-economy testing methods

Ford announced on Thursday that it opened an investigation into the fuel economy testing it does to receive official EPA ratings and federal certification to sell its... read more February 22, 2019 by

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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... read more February 21, 2019 by

San Luis Obispo, CA National Drive Electric Week 2018 [Credit Justin Bradshaw SLO Climate Coalition]

What effect do you expect the Green New Deal to have for electric cars? Twitter poll results

If the goal of the Green New Deal proposed by Democrats in Congress is to get people talking about a transition to renewable energy, then it looks to be gaining traction. The... read more February 20, 2019 by

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4Matic

Diesel lawsuit proceeds against Mercedes-Benz

While Volkswagen has reached a historic settlement and had to buy back hundreds of thousands of its diesel cars in the U.S., it isn’t the only automaker to be... read more February 5, 2019 by

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Don't worry about coal, electric cars are still cleaner

One of the easiest ways for electric-car drivers to get in an argument is discussing how much coal-fired electricity contributes to pollution. Now a new study by BNEF (a... read more January 30, 2019 by

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

Shutdown has held up EPA certification, new vehicle introductions

Now that the government has reopened after a 35-day shutdown, EPA employees are going back to work facing a backlog. Toward the end of the shutdown last week, executives at... read more January 28, 2019 by

Smokestacks pollution air quality

EPA enforcement efforts slide 85 percent under Trump administration

Not only do polluters have lower standards to meet under the Trump administration, they may not really have to meet those standards at all. That's the conclusion of a new... read more January 25, 2019 by



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