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  • Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019

    The EPA releases a proposal to increase ethanol blends, even in the summer when it can increase smog. Mazda may have more plans for its rotary engine technology than a single new hybrid. Conversion company XL Hybrids releases its new Heavy Duty Ford F-250 Hybrid pickup. And we run down the best deals for March. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Mazda's lead powertrain executive suggested that the company might be working on a whole line of hybrids with varying amounts of electric range to use with its new rotary-powered range extender. The EPA released a proposal to increase sales of...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    EPA proposes more smog-contributing ethanol in summer gasoline

    Ethanol is known as an alternative fuel, and is even renewable. But that doesn't always make it clean. The Environmental Protection Agency, after proposing watered down emissions and fuel economy standards for cars, has now released a proposal to increase the amount of ethanol blended into pump gas...

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    Tesla stores, plug-in Jeeps, EPA fuel-economy, Colorado charging: Today's Car News

    Tesla reversed its decision to go online only, and is keeping many stores open. Fiat Chrysler announced two new plug-in Jeeps for Europe. An annual EPA report shows rising fuel-economy standards are working—just as the EPA plans to gut them. And a new program aims to get Colorado ready for...

  • 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 put Americans on a truck-buying spree, and the EPA is working to undermine those standards. According to its annual automotive...

  • Tesla Model 3 vs. Polestar 2
    Base Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2, Kandi cars, Volvo and Audi plug-in hybrids: The Week in Reverse

    Which two startup companies showed new ways to get more miles out of an electric vehicle? What Chinese automaker received approval to import new models to the U.S. this week? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 1, 2019...

  • Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept teaser
    Ford fuel economy, EPA ends talks, better hybrids, Audi ad: Today's Car News

    Ford opened an investigation into the way it conducts fuel economy tests. The EPA quit speaking to California in their dispute over emissions rules. Half of Consumer Reports top picks for 2019 include hybrids or plug-in cars. And Audi makes good on advertising the performance benefits of an...

  • 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...

  • Electric car testing in Norway
    Cold-weather EV range: Polar Vortex, AAA, local news paint a bleak picture; don't panic!

    If you plan to drive an EV in winter weather you’ll need to charge more often to avoid “being stranded by a dead battery.” So sums AAA about its report on electric vehicle range, released this past week, which resulted in a very useful data set underscoring the reality of how EV...

  • 2020 Kia Soul EV
    Tesla batteries, EPA comments, Hyundai and Kia plug-in availability: Today's Car News

    Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said electric cars are "not grounds for concern" at the EPA—yet highway safety and car prices are. Tesla buys a company that builds ultracapacitors. Hyundai and Kia aim to avoid the dreaded "compliance car" label with their EV sales—barely. We...

  • 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...

  • 2020 Subaru Legacy teased ahead of 2019 Chicago Auto Show debut
    Tesla squeeze, broadband charging, EV education, EPA science: Today's Car News

    The British parent of Virgin Media plans to use Virgin's broadband wiring to build public electric-car charging stations. Electric-car charging info site Chargeway sets up its first installations in Portland, Oregon. And the EPA appointed a noted skeptic of climate action. All this and more on...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    EPA adds climate skeptic to science board

    Science at the EPA has been a topic of much debate, and a lot of turmoil since President Trump took office. In that way, the addition of eight new members to the agency's much discussed Science Advisory Board isn't surprising. What may more surprising to some is the makeup of the new members...

  • 2019 Ford F-150

    Wind power is expected become America's top renewable energy source in 2019. The recent government shutdown may have held up the sale of some new fuel-efficient cars—and another one may hold up even more. Our latest Twitter poll asks how important it is to our readers for electric cars to be made in America. All this and more on Green Car Reports. New patent filings from Ford show a hybrid system that looks tailor-made for the upcoming 2020 Mustang Hybrid or F-150 Hybrid that the company has promised. It shows a design planned for rear-wheel drive cars, with electric motors driving the...

  • 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 all three major Detroit automakers expressed concern about certification delays that could affect new models they plan to...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept
    Electric pickups, Byton tech, battery business, EV affordability: The Week in Reverse

    Which company is looking for new battery suppliers outside the U.S.? What upcoming electric car is not designed to drive but to ride in? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending January 25, 2019. This week included much news about...

  • 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 study, published by the Washington Post, that shows enforcement activity has fallen drastically in the past two years since...

  • 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...

  • Audi PB18 e-tron concept
    Tesla drops 75Ds, Nissan Leaf Plus, EPA head, peak internal-combustion: Today's Car News

    We look at what sets the Nissan Leaf Plus apart. President Trump nominates Andrew Wheeler as EPA chief. And analysts report that the world may already have reached peak sales for internal combustion engines. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

    In the midst of a government shutdown, President Donald Trump formally nominated Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to head the agency on Wednesday. Wheeler is a former lobbyist for coal mining company Murray Energy when the Obama administration was working to pass new restrictions on power plants that burn coal. Wheeler was confirmed as Deputy Administrator of the EPA in April 2018, and quickly ascended to run the agency when former Administrator Scott Priutt resigned in the face of ethical and financial scandals in July. DON'T MISS: Trump administration releases proposal to weaken fuel...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla updates, Hyundai Nexo, Polestar, VW fast charging: The Week in Reverse

    Which new fuel-cell car just went to its first customer in California? What emissions rule did the EPA loosen this week? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending Jan. 4, 2018. In this short New Year's week, the news seemed like it...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    Trump relaxes coal emissions standards (again) over holiday week

    For the second time in a month, the Trump administration has rolled back emissions restrictions on coal-fired power plants. Early in December, the EPA announced a new proposal that would undo carbon-dioxide limits on coal plants, overturning one of President Obama's signature climate change...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC
    Rivian fast charging, Volkswagen electrics, Trump vs GM: The Week in Reverse

    Which upcoming electric car has a battery pack engineered to be upgraded to 800 volts? What company plans to do more serious marketing of electric cars' strengths? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending December 21, 2018. This...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars outside dealership    [photo: Patrick Reid]
    Study finds what Trump is missing about fuel economy: Poor people don't buy new cars

    Rising fuel economy standards make driving more affordable for low-income households, not less as the Trump administration argues, according to a new study by the Consumer Federation of America. In their proposal to freeze fuel-economy increases, the EPA and NHTSA argued that increasing fuel...

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
    Oil industry funding supports campaign to roll back fuel-economy rules

    A new investigative report by the New York Times has revealed the puppeteer pulling the strings in the Trump administration's efforts to undo fuel-economy and emissions improvements: no surprise, the oil industry. Backed by America's largest refiners and organizations tied to or funded by the Koch...

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