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New federal big-rig standards promise to cut emissions by 25%, save owners $170 billion
New federal big-rig standards promise to cut emissions by 25%, save owners $170 billion

There's been plenty of talk about the Environmental Protection Agency and its ambitious fuel economy goals for 2025. But those standards only apply to light-duty passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs: what about tractor trailers and other heavy-duty vehicles, which use billions of gallons of gasoline...Read More»

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MIT: 87% of vehicles could be electric today with no problem

Skeptics sometimes doubt whether electric vehicles will catch on. They compare them to gas-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs, bemoaning the fact that EVs have shorter driving ranges and higher sticker prices. However, a new study shows that the biggest obstacle standing between EVs and mainstream...Read More»

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Automakers want to dial down EPA's 2025 goals, but energy advocates & consumers push back

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled bold, new fuel economy standards for the year 2025. With less than a decade to go before that deadline, automakers are now asking the EPA to lower the high bar it's set, but energy advocates and the general public have urged the agency to stay...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Fix deadline extended again, Muller promises 30+ electrics by 2025

Next Tuesday, June 21, is the big day: the day that Volkswagen has been ordered to reach an agreement with federal regulators regarding the company's plans to repair and/or buyback 2.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S. Or rather, it should've been the big day. Unfortunately for 482,000 owners of...Read More»

Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept electric two-seat coupe, 2012 Detroit Auto Show
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: VW sales plummet, but Audi & Porsche are bringing home das bacon

It's been a relatively slow couple of weeks on the Volkswagen Dieselgate front, but that'll change within the next few days. By June 21, Volkswagen will unveil its plan to fix and/or buy back some 482,000 2.0-liter Audi and VW U.S. diesels equipped with emissions-test-cheating devices. (No word yet...Read More»

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Sacre vroom! Paris bans cars in the city center

Air pollution is a major problem in many city centers. So, what's the solution? The powers-that-be in Paris, France think it's banning older cars. That ban goes into effect on July 1 and will affect cars registered before 1997. (Motorcycles registered before June 1, 1999 will be included in the...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate Fixes Slammed By CARB & EPA For "Gaps" & Lack Of Detail: What Now?

Wolfsburg, we have a problem. Yesterday, we told you about a couple of plans that Volkswagen may have been considering to fix roughly 567,000 U.S. diesels and bring them in line with federal and state emissions laws. Alas, those and other plans have been given a big ol' thumbs-down by the...Read More»

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All VW, Audi, Porsche Diesels Have Had Illegal Software Since 2009: U.S. Fines May Hit $21.2 Billion

Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal continues its gruesome shock-and-awe assault on the world's headlines. Late last week, the automaker finally admitted that the Environmental Protection Agency was correct when it said that Volkswagen had installed illegal emissions control software on its 3.0-liter...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate Cheat Sheet: The High (And Low) Points So Far

We're nearly two months into the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, and thanks to the internet (not to mention Planet Earth's 24-hour news cycle), the story of what went wrong and what Volkswagen is doing to fix it is more complicated than ever. And so, we'd like to provide a little cheat sheet -- a...Read More»

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EPA Takes Its Emissions Tests Out Of The Labs & Onto The Streets

Lots of people are hoppin' mad about Volkswagen's emissions-test-cheating software, but few are as upset as the folks at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To discover how commonplace Volkswagen's illegal code may be and to ensure that a scandal like this doesn't pop up again, the New York...Read More»

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Volkswagen Shifts Gears, Vows To Focus More Attention On Electric Cars

When you think of eco-friendly car companies, you may not immediately think of Volkswagen. But that could change if policies proposed by the new Volkswagen Brand Board of Management come to fruition. QUESTIONABLE HISTORY Volkswagen's less-than-green image isn't just because of the ongoing...Read More»

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Volkswagen's Very Bad Week: The News 'Til Now

To say that this has been a bad week for Volkswagen would be like saying that John Boehner's resignation this morning was a little surprising, or that Kim Kardashian likes a bit of attention now and then. What began last Friday as a handful of accusations from the Environmental Protection Agency...Read More»

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Hyundai & Kia Fined $360 Million For Faulty MPG Claims (None Of Which Will Fund Electric Cars)

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a massive $360 million fine, following a two-year-long investigation of the Korean automakers by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Added to the $395 million that Hyundai and Kia have paid to vehicle owners, the companies will have forked over $755 million for...Read More»

2015 Nissan Leaf
How Do Electric Cars Get Cleaner With The New Year?

If you’re buying a new gasoline vehicle, you’d best be happy with its emissions and efficiency today. Because as the vehicle ages, it’s not going to get much better than this. ALSO SEE: Six Most Affordable Vehicles With Third-Row Seating That’s actually not true with battery...Read More»

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Good Job, America: Cars Are Far More Efficient, Cleaner Than 2007

Smaller and more efficient vehicles are becoming more popular in the U.S., so it should be no surprise to learn that fuel economy figures have climbed steadily since 2007. DON'T MISS: Speed Limiters May Be Mandated On 18-Wheelers, Could Cut Top Speed To 68 MPH New data from the University of...Read More»

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U.S. Partners With China To Put Auto Emissions In Check

Once upon a time, when people thought about "smog", they thought of Los Angeles. Then China opened its doors a little wider, and we got a good look at Beijing. The pollution problem is only getting worse. As China makes its long, slow crawl toward something resembling capitalism, its middle class...Read More»

Average sales-weighted U.S. fuel economy, October 2007 through November 2013
New-Car Fuel Economy Has Risen 23% Since 2007

When the folks at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute first began tracking the average fuel economy of new cars sold in the U.S., it was 20.1 mpg. That was in October 2007. Six years and one month later, researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle are happy to report...Read More»

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Study: Hybrid Cars Are Worth The Extra Cash (For City-Dwellers, Anyway)

Hybrid cars can cost thousands of dollars more than their conventional equivalents. The Toyota Camry Hybrid, for example, is priced about $4,000 over its gas-powered twin, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid starts more than $5,000 above the regular Fusion. Are they worth the extra dough? According to a new...Read More»

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CA Passes Landmark Law Requiring Many More Zero-Emission Vehicles

Last Friday, the influential California Air Resources Board adopted new emission rules that will require carmakers to sell increasing number of zero-emission vehicles in the state, starting in 2018. By 2025, fully 15.4 percent of the cars sold annually in California must be zero-emission...Read More»

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