transportation policy

Why some cities should kick out cars, but others can't and won't

Why some cities should kick out cars, but others can't and won't

U.S. visitors to European cities, especially capitals like Paris and Rome and Madrid and London, often remark how different they are from those in the U.S. Many of their historic cores, dating back far before automobiles existed, remain intact—and for much of the 20th century, they coexisted... read more

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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... read more August 15, 2017 by

Nicolas Hulot, French minister of ecological transition, announces 2040 ban on vehicles with engines

France plans to ban all gasoline, diesel vehicles by 2040

To most North Americans, the idea of banning all vehicles with internal-combustion engines seems unthinkable. Filling up with gasoline (or diesel) is as American as are... read more July 6, 2017 by

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China revises electric-car incentives to reward longer ranges

It's long been official policy for China that the country's automakers will become the world's highest-volume producer of electric cars. (It also intends to dominate... read more July 5, 2017 by

Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London

Cities lead global push for cleaner, zero-emission cars

Carlos Ghosn, the man behind the Nissan Leaf electric car and now the chairman of the Renault Nissan Alliance, isn't the first to say it. But his recent comment that cities... read more May 23, 2017 by

BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

How likely is it China will outpace the U.S. in electric-car adoption? Poll results

China is the biggest new-car market in the world, and has been since 2010. The world's largest country also has some of the smoggiest cities on the planet, and that's a... read more April 25, 2017 by

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Even California imposes new fee on electric cars in lieu of gas taxes

Last week, the California state legislature approved a $52 billion transportation-funding package. Unlike the practice in previous years, this one is to be used only for... read more April 10, 2017 by

Smart ebike electric bicycle

Why electric bikes may deserve purchase incentives too

If plug-in electric cars and trucks receive purchase incentives from national and state governments, what about electric bicycles? That's just what a recent report from the... read more April 5, 2017 by

California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols (via Twitter)

California reaffirms state emission, electric-car rules for 2025

The California Air Resources Board voted Friday to confirm its stricter emissions standards for 2025, setting up a potential clash with the Trump Administration. The CARB... read more March 27, 2017 by

2017 Chevrolet Volt

Which states follow California's emission and zero-emission vehicle rules?

California leads the nation in policies that promote reductions of carbon emissions from road vehicles. It is unique in having a federal waiver that allows it to set its own... read more March 7, 2017 by

Gas pump

Automakers say fuel-economy rules hurt buyers; Consumers Union rebuts the claim

Automaker lobbyists continue to push back against the stricter fuel-economy and emissions standards scheduled to take effect in the U.S. over the next decade. Many of their... read more March 7, 2017 by

2017 Nissan Leaf

New York state electric-car rebate program to launch this month

New York state has finally issued details on its effort to step up its efforts to promote electric cars. The Empire State is one of eight so-called "ZEV states" that have... read more March 6, 2017 by

Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Biofuel, fossil-fuel lobbyists join to fight electric-car incentives

As the old saying goes: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. The biofuel and fossil-fuel lobbies have argued in the past over the blending of biofuels with the general fuel... read more February 28, 2017 by

Record-breaking electric-car parade in Cupertino, California. Photo courtesy of Plug In America.

California local governments share how to prepare for electric cars

California leads the way when it comes to electric-car adoption in the U.S. That's due in large part to a zero-emission vehicle mandate that requires the largest-volume... read more February 27, 2017 by

2017 Nissan Leaf

State fees, penalties on electric cars proliferate this year

Several different states have continued to propose new fees for electric-car owners as a way to pay for road repairs. The fees are typically meant as a substitute for the... read more February 21, 2017 by

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

Auto industry split over halting, changing fuel-economy rules

Just days after the presidential election, automaker lobbyists urged Donald Trump to loosen pending emissions and fuel-economy standards. Shortly after the election, a... read more February 17, 2017 by



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