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EPA keeps car-emission rules to 2025; what happens under Trump?

EPA keeps car-emission rules to 2025; what happens under Trump?

Two days ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a ruling that existing limits on tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide for 2022 through 2025 should remain in place. The EPA's carbon limits correspond exactly to NHTSA standards for corporate average fuel economy, and the EPA decision... read more

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EPA gas-mileage label (window sticker), design used starting in model year 2013

EPA gas-mileage labels accurate, helpful, unlike 2005: Consumer Reports

Car buyers remain aware that the real-world fuel economy of new vehicles may not match the ratings on their window stickers. The year-old Volkswagen diesel scandal has also... read more November 15, 2016 by


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

Trump names proud climate-science denier to head EPA transition team

It didn't take long for the country to get its first indication of what a Donald Trump Administration could mean for U.S. climate policy. Trump has repeatedly denied the... read more November 11, 2016 by


 
Fuel gauge

EPA reports show automakers meeting fuel-economy, carbon emission rules

Low gas prices and high sales of crossovers and SUVs have led critics of current U.S. emissions standards to question whether automakers can continue meeting those standards... read more November 3, 2016 by


 
2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e plug-in hybrid, San Francisco, March 2015

Diesel cars dwindle as Mercedes-Benz C300d is pulled from U.S. before launch

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has had wide-ranging impacts globally, and specific local effects in the U.S. vehicle market. No VW Group brand will sell diesel vehicles in... read more October 27, 2016 by


 
FlexFuel badge on E85-capable 2009 Chevrolet HHR

EPA proposes to add more ethanol blends to 'Flex Fuel' category

Back in 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act included a Renewable Fuel Standard intended to boost adoption of lower-emission alternative fuels. It mandated... read more October 10, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

At 133 MPGe, Toyota Prius Prime wallops BMW i3 on energy efficiency

Move over, BMW: there's a new efficiency champion in town this year—and you'll have to give back that laurel wreath you've worn since 2014. Last week, final EPA... read more October 10, 2016 by


 
Chris Grundler, director of EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality [photo: EPA via Flickr]

EPA's emissions sleuth: the most powerful man you've never heard of

Current Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards require U.S. automakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 mpg (equivalent to roughly 40 mpg on the window sticker) by 2025... read more October 5, 2016 by


 
Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap

VW Dieselgate one year later: what have we learned about diesel cars?

It's now a year and eight days since the EPA broke the news that Volkswagen had admitted to including "defeat device" software in almost half a million so-called "clean... read more September 26, 2016 by


 
Harley-Davidson Street 750 by Alvin Dharmawan

Harley-Davidson actually sold emission defeat devices itself; will pay $12 million fine

It seems Volkswagen isn't the only vehicle manufacturer that has tried to circumvent emissions regulations. Harley-Davidson sold customers illegal "defeat devices" that... read more August 30, 2016 by


 
SEMA 2015

Car modifiers find EPA emission rules a useful whipping boy, politically

Medium- and heavy-duty trucks aren't used for racing very often. But that hasn't stopped an aftermarket-industry group from using recently-passed emissions standards for... read more August 30, 2016 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Carmakers asked to extend CAFE comment period; EPA said no

It's probably the battle that will do most to determine the carbon emission from new U.S. vehicles over the next decade. Automakers want to modify, delay, or extend the... read more August 24, 2016 by


 
Semi trailer

EPA releases final heavy-truck emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled this week its final rules for reducing emissions from heavy-duty trucks, including semitractor-trailers, buses, and other heavy... read more August 19, 2016 by


 
2017 Ford Super Duty

You'll never know the EPA ratings of heavy-duty pickup trucks: here's why

When it introduced the current-generation F-150 half-ton pickup truck for the 2015 model year, one of the major points Ford touted was fuel economy. It claimed the light-duty... read more August 11, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

How much do electric cars really pollute, even without tailpipes?

Personal automobiles have given hundreds of millions of people the great luxury of a convenient and comfortable mode of transportation. But there's no escaping that... read more August 3, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW X3

2017 BMW diesel lineup gets EPA approval for sale

The Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal has caused regulators to take a closer look at all new diesel models submitted for certification. Backups caused by more extensive... read more August 3, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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