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  • Grove Hydrogen Automotive fuel-cell car

    A Chinese hydrogen company introduces its own line of fuel-cell cars. A Texas startup plans to make motors more efficient. A report shows more battery production coming online. And without science boards the EPA questions some fundamental links. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The Chinese Institute of Geosciences and the Environment is launching a line of Grove fuel-cell cars, starting with an SUV for China later this year. After that it plans to export cars as well. A new type of motor from a Texas startup promises to generate enough torque to eliminate any need for gearboxes in...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    EPA panel questions health effects of air pollution

    Recommendations could dramatically limit what studies are used to determine safe limits on air pollution, and question the link with mortality.

  • Tesla Model Y
    2020 Tesla Model Y, Mazda rotary, wider VW electric plans: The Week in Reverse

    Which two companies announced expanded lines of plug-in hybrids this week? What big decision did Tesla take back? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 15, 2019. The big news this week was Tesla's unveiling of its...

  • Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019
    Mazda rotary hybrids, plug-in hybrid Ford F-250, EPA ethanol push: Today's Report

    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...

  • 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...

  • Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
    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

    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 trends report, the average new car reached a record 24.9 mpg in 2017, up from 24.7 in 2016. DON'T MISS: Trump administration releases proposal to weaken fuel economy, emissions standards What's more, the report shows a distinct improvement in fuel economy, and a corresponding reduction in greenhouse...

  • 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)
    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 reported Thursday, citing an unnamed government official. In August, the EPA, led by Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, released...

  • 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...

  • 2021 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

    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 EPA’s role to promote a particular type of fuel, such as electricity." Indeed, nothing in the EPA's mandate gives it authority directly over what fuels cars should use. A quick check of EPA labels, however, shows that cars running on electricity average three to four times the efficiency of 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
    Ford Mustang Hybrid, wind power, EPA holdups, American electrics: Today's Car News

    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...

  • 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

    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 President Trump took office. The study, conducted by a former EPA official under the Obama administration shows that fines paid to the agency have dropped 85 percent below the historical average in the past two years, to the lowest level since the EPA began its enforcement division in 1994. DON'T MISS...

  • 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
    Trump nominates coal-lobbyist Wheeler to head EPA

    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...

  • 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...

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