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  • Beijing smog

    You may not have heard it happen, but the global automotive industry changed forever on Thursday. China released its plan to require substantial sales of plug-in electric cars by all makers who want to sell in the world's largest car market, and they start in little more than a year. The levels far exceed those required by California, whose zero-emission vehicle rules have just started to ramp up for 2018 after staying steady for six years. CHECK OUT: China wants all electric cars: will it work? Reasons and reactions "It is no exaggeration to call this a landmark event in the history of the...

  • Shell fuel station in Europe
    Shell bashes bans on gasoline cars, proposes carbon pricing instead

    The prospect of bans on gasoline and diesel new-car sales have become a much greater threat not only to automakers but to oil companies as well, now that China has said it is studying such a move. The world's largest car market has not announced any timetables for such a ban, which will likely be...

  • BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China
    China wants all electric cars: will it work? Reasons and reactions

    It was quaint and adorable when Norway did it, saying it would end sales of cars with internal-combustion engines by 2025. The Netherlands followed suit, with little fanfare. More recently, France and the U.K. have enacted various forms of bans on non-electrified vehicles, on varying schedules. Now...

  • California state capitol, Sacramento
    California plans for its post-fossil-fuel future in electricity, cars

    For 50 years, the state of California has led the United States when it comes to renewable energy and electric cars. The state features many programs to incentivize electric-car ownership, and 29 percent of the state's 2016 energy production came from solar, wind, and other renewable power sources...

  • U.S. Capitol Building
    States to force emission, fuel-economy rules showdown with Trump Administration?

    Continuing political turmoil and news coverage of the Trump Administration haven't stopped the president's agency heads from drastically reshaping policies on energy, the environment, and emissions. Comments are now being taken on the reopened EPA limits on vehicular carbon emissions for 2022...

  • 2017 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door Sport Auto Grille
    2020 Mazda electric car to share Toyota underpinnings, technology

    Mazda is a tiny carmaker on a global scale, producing just 1.6 million vehicles a year. It competes with four companies (GM, Nissan-Renault, Toyota, and VW Group) that each sell around 10 million a year, as well as numerous other smaller makers still larger than Mazda. In a world where reducing the...

  • Mahindra e2o electric car

    China made headlines around the world on Sunday when state media reported that the country is developing a timetable to end production and sales of new vehicles with gasoline engines. While Norway, The Netherlands, France, and the U.K. have adopted different timetables for various versions of such a ban, China is both the world's most populous nation and the world's largest vehicle market. But it's important to note that the world's second most populous nation, India, plans to do exactly the same thing. DON'T MISS: China developing timetable to end sales, production of gasoline cars India has...

  • 2018 Toyota Prius C
    Complex engine tech gets better ratings, does little in real world: report

    Lately, automakers haven't been touting the rising fuel economy of new vehicles, but it has to continue rising to meet reductions in the legal levels of carbon emitted. While major strides in fuel economy have been made over the past five years, the complex engine technologies and other...

  • Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)
    Texas fossil-fuel industry made state more vulnerable to hurricane

    Hurricane Harvey will go down as one of the most destructive and costliest natural disasters in the United States. While the storm has dissipated, with this week's attention focused on Hurricane Irma, the effects and damage tolls will last for years—and one thing already seems clear: Texas'...

  • 2017 Tesla Model S
    Electric cars in UK cleaner than best diesels in summer, not yet in winter

    Although electric cars do not emit exhaust, it's widely recognized that the electricity to charge their batteries often still comes from fossil fuels. This has led to the scrutiny of electric cars to determine whether their overall "wells-to-wheels" carbon footprints exceed those of regular...

  • BYD Qin EV300
    China developing timetable to end sales, production of gasoline cars

    The auto industry has now grudgingly accepted that battery-electric cars will make up some portion of the world's new vehicles in years to come. But a milestone in that trend may have come today, in news from China. Policy makers in the world's most populous country, and largest car market, are...

  • Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
    Want to buy a used, updated Volkswagen TDI diesel car? Your VW dealer will get first dibs

    Updated Volkswagen diesel vehicles with new engine software will soon be back on the market, but those looking to buy one will have to wait for their local dealership. Volkswagen will offer the hundreds of thousands of modified diesel vehicles to its franchised dealers first, offering them a "right...

  • Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London

    Uber has announced it will require its 40,000 drivers in London to switch to hybrid or fully electric cars, and ban diesel vehicles from its fleet, by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021, it will extend that policy throughout the United Kingdom, where it presently operates in 40 cities. Uber said it will use only electric cars within London by 2025. DON'T MISS: London's $27 entry charge for pre-2016 diesel cars to start April 2019 The ridesharing service also said it would establish a £150 million ($198 million) clean-air fund for grants to help its drivers make the switch to fully or...

  • Gas pump
    Death of engines overstated, fully electric world a 'comic book' fantasy: Japanese test company

    Most analysts agree the future of the automobile will slowly but increasingly come to rely on battery power. Electric cars will slowly displace internal combustion engines, many researchers suggest, and peak demand for fossil fuels used in transportation could arrive as soon as the next decade...

  • California state capitol, Sacramento
    CA legislators propose $1 billion to remove dirtiest diesel trucks

    The state of California has officially launched its legislative push for stricter heavy-duty truck and bus emission regulations. Following calls for the state to use its recently-extended carbon cap-and-trade program to fund updates to fleets of semi trucks and other commercial vehicles, four state...

  • Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC diesel (European version)
    Europe's tougher new emissions, fuel-economy tests should be closer to real-world results

    Fuel-economy ratings for cars sold in Europe have long been wildly unrealistic, sometimes more than 30 percent more optimistic than real-world consumption figures. Today, that will change. As of September 1, two new and more stringent testing regimes are to be used for certifying new vehicles going...

  • Semi trailer
    CA should use VW mitigation funds for cleaner diesel trucks to cut NOx: diesel lobbying group

    California is set to receive a lump sum of funds from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust following its diesel emission scandal. With $423 million at the state's discretion, groups are lobbying hard to ensure the funds are used to have an immediate and positive impact on the environment...

  • Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
    Used diesel demand drops in Germany over fear of software upgrades

    Diesel-powered cars, long a staple on European roads, are starting to lose favor as million of dollars of inventory begins to pile up in used diesel models. The inventory, largely recent models certified under the superseded Euro-5 emission standards, has boomed recently over the possibility the...

  • 2017 Audi RS 7

    It has been nearly two years since Volkswagen came clean and admitted its "clean diesel" engines were actually quite dirty. In 2015, a VW engineer admitted the TDI diesel cars sold in the U.S. since 2009 were outfitted with "defeat device" software that let them pass emission tests, only to emit far more nitrogen oxides in real-world use. Two years is a long time to implement damage control, which has cost VW Group $25 billion to date—but the story is continuing to unfold. DON'T MISS: Lasting legacy of VW diesel scandal: EU gets serious about testing A former Audi engineer has now...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    VW engineer gets 40 months in jail, $200K fine, for diesel cheating role

    Former Volkswagen employee James Liang was sentenced in Detroit on Friday to serve 40 months in prison and pay a $200,000 fine for his role in the global Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal. It was a stiffer sentence than expected for an engineer who helped to create software that...

  • Chrome exhaust pipe
    When will ads for cars with tailpipes be banned as health hazards? Poll results

    Just 30 years ago, people could smoke anywhere, including offices, malls, and restaurants. The 1987 opening of a New York City restaurant called "Nosmo King" (read it again) was considered a bizarre, if amusing, idea that restauranteurs said would bankrupt the place because no one would give up...

  • Audi e-tron Sportback concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show
    German Chancellor Merkel rejects electric-car quotas for Europe: 'not well thought out'

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the country's leader, has detailed why she believes electric-car quotas are not a viable answer to emission and other issues plaguing Europe. Merkel, a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, instead urged a much bigger-picture strategy, rather than a...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    VW, Mercedes, Opel, Fiat launch buybacks of dirtiest diesels in Europe

    Almost two years ago, the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal burst into public view, and nothing has been quite the same since then. The news that VW Group engineers had deliberately cheated on eight years of emission tests for the "clean diesels" sold by Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche sent...

  • Gas pump
    Carmaker lobbyist urges fuel-economy deal to keep emission limits, but stretch them out (updated)

    Automakers appear to have united behind a surprising position: reviews of emission rules should not involve scrapping the current standards. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group that represents automakers building cars in the U.S., has suggested the Trump administration should...

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