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  • 2020 Subaru Legacy teased ahead of 2019 Chicago Auto Show debut

    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 Green Car Reports. Portland, Oregon, startup Chargeway aims to help electric car owners and potential EV buyers—and dealer salespeople—navigate the sometimes-confusing world of public charging stations with new kiosks in dealerships. Liberty Global, the parent of Virgin Media in Britain...

  • 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
    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

    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 Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order aimed at adding reducing emissions in the state. The order, among other things, directs the Colorado Department of Public Health to study and report to a committee by May how to increase ZEV adoption in the state. The committee is likely to recommend...

  • 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...

  • 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]

    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 economy standards compromised safety by making new cars with more modern safety features less affordable. There's enough dispute around the numbers to conclude that small assumptions one way or another can tip the scales by a few hundred dollars either way. The CFA study concludes that argument may be...

  • 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...

  • Coal power plant in China
    EPA rolls back emissions standards on coal plants

    On Thursday, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new rule that will allow coal-fired power plants to emit more than 35 percent more global warming pollution than the current law allows. The proposal came on the eve of a climate summit in Poland that started over the weekend where...

  • 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
    Plug-in Subaru, Toyota hybrids, changes at the top: The Week in Reverse

    Which electric automaker will get a new Chairman? What new model gets the highest gas mileage of any SUV without a plug? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending November 23, 2018. With the Thanksgiving holiday this was a short...

  • Lime launches car-share service in Seattle
    2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, EPA chief, faster Tesla Superchargers, giving thanks: Today's Car News

    We get our first drive in the extra-efficient 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. President Trump plans to make acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler official. Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans more and faster Tesla Superchargers. And our Twitter poll asks readers to give thanks. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    As EPA chief, Wheeler could prove a bigger foe to clean-air advocates

    President Trump's new pick as EPA Administrator may be more effective at rolling back environmental progress than his scandal-plagued predecessor. On Friday, Trump announced that he plans to formally nominate Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator to replace Scott Pruitt, the...

  • Steve and Janet Wozniak with new 2016 Tesla Model S, December 2016  [source: Steve Wozniak Facebook]

    Nissan announced it planned to remove Chairman Carlos Ghosn after an investigation revealed alleged financial misdealing. VW has no fun trademarking names for its new series of I.D. electric cars. The EPA plans to tighten emissions rules on heavy trucks. And cross-lawsuits reveal the underlying machinations in the Faraday Future saga. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn was reportedly arrested in Japan after a Nissan investigation alleged that he under-reported his income from the company and misused corporate resources. Known as the father of the Nissan Leaf...

  • Western Star semi tractor used to promote Fitzgerald Glider Kits
    EPA announces tighter smog regulations on heavy trucks

    The EPA has loosened or eliminated a lot of regulations since President Trump took office, but last week the agency announced it would tighten regulations on emissions of nitrogen oxides from heavy trucks such as semis. The EPA notes that smog-forming NOx emissions from heavy trucks fell 40 percent...

  • BMW iX3 Concept front 3/4
    Faster electric cars, California strikes back, BMW batteries, Hyundai recall: Today's Car News

    California begins fighting back against the EPA's fuel economy freeze. Austria proposes letting electric cars drive faster. Hyundai recalls Ioniqs. And BMW builds a new battery assembly line for its upcoming electric cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports. California issued a pointed 400-page...

  • Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)
    California girds for battle with EPA over fuel economy

    Last Friday, California released a 400-page repudiation of the Trump administration's plan to freeze fuel economy standards and revoke California's statutory right to set its own limits on vehicle emissions. The report comes in response to the EPA and NHTSA's proposed Safer Affordable Fuel...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drive, Napa Valley, Caifornia, Dec 2017
    Honda joins GM, others in heated opposition to Trump's EPA fuel-economy freeze

    Honda joined General Motors on Friday and called on the EPA to abandon its proposed fuel-economy rollback, asking federal officials to negotiate with states like California to offer a single, comprehensive update to federal fuel-economy standards. Honda filed its comment Friday, the last day for...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    GM wants Trump administration to consider national electric-vehicle mandate

    The term “hail Mary” might be appropriate for what General Motors, led by chief executive officer Mary Barra, is attempting at this stage of the federal government’s dialog on fuel efficiency and electric vehicles. GM is launching an effort to propose a 50-state solution for...

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