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While automakers tout green cars, they're fighting the EPA
While automakers tout green cars, they're fighting the EPA

The left hand doesn't always follow the right hand. The trade association that represents most major automakers won its battle to get the EPA to announce it wants to ease emission limits for 2022 through 2025 cars, even as the lobbying group simultaneously works to promote electric cars that don't...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST
Trump’s EPA ready to roll back Obama-era fuel-economy rules

The Trump administration’s EPA took a final step toward rolling back Obama-era fuel-efficiency regulations in the U.S. EPA chief Scott Pruitt singled out the Obama administration’s push for more stringent emissions and fuel-economy rules in a statement the agency released Monday...Read More»

2017 Ford Super Duty F-250
Lawsuit filed against Ford alleges automaker cheated on diesel-emissions test

A law firm that has carved out a reputation for aggressively pursuing automakers over diesel emissions has found a new target: Ford's heavy-duty pickups. The suit comes just days after Ford announced details for its upcoming F-150 diesel and is the latest in a string of accusations following VW's...Read More»

Chevy Bolt EV
Proposed bill calls for ban on internal combustion cars in California by 2040

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that aims to ban the sale of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. If approved, the ban would take effect in 2040. While at first blush it might sound like a ploy to draw attention to an issue, the man behind the bill insists it’s neither a threat or a...Read More»

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
What if the EPA dialed back emissions rules, but only on trucks?

Back in March, Donald Trump authorized a review of current U.S. emissions regulations. Those regulations cover vehicles through the 2025 model year and were hastily finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the days leading up to Trump's inauguration. The review alarmed environmental...Read More»

Donald Trump
Automakers push for brokered fuel-economy deal

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated a position by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which is a lobbyist for automakers. The AAM supports increased fuel economy regulations, but added that the changes should be agreed upon after a mid-term review of the regulations...Read More»

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)
France will say au revoir to gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

Last summer, Paris banned older cars from its city center in an effort to reduce pollution. Now, France has gone several steps further, announcing plans to ban the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in the country by the year 2040. The announcement came from France's Environmental Minister, Nicolas...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
EPA warned Fiat Chrysler about diesel defeat devices in 2015

In February, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO, Sergio Marchionne, warned investors that his company could soon face a Dieselgate crisis of its own. As it turns out, Marchionne had plenty of time to reach that conclusion. The Environmental Protection Agency met with FCA to express concerns about the...Read More»

Elon Musk
Elon Musk is ready to ditch Donald Trump over Paris Agreement pull-out

Today at 3pm Eastern Time, Donald Trump will announce whether he intends to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Agreement or stay the course on climate change. While breaking the Agreement would undoubtedly please some of Trump's base, it wouldn't endear him to one of the highest-profile members...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
U.S. sues Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions: $4.6 billion fine possible

Last Thursday, we reported that after months of back-and-forth between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resources Board, FCA was about to be slapped with a federal lawsuit. The cause? Excess emissions from more than 100,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee...Read More»

Woman with smog mask (pic by Nicolò Lazzati on Flickr)
Study: Diesel emissions are higher than expected (and cause 38,000 more deaths each year)

Diesel emissions are a serious problem--as serious as a heart attack (literally). As if that weren't bad enough, this week, a team of researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. published a study showing that emissions from diesel vehicles are far, far worse than official estimates suggest. By the...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Fiat Chrysler is about to be sued over diesel emissions say insiders

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn't exactly been ahead of the curve on developing electric cars. Nor has it done much work on self-driving vehicles (though its partnership with Waymo has picked up some of the slack). But when it comes to predicting lawsuits, FCA is batting 1000. Back in March, FCA's...Read More»

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Sensing trouble, automakers prepare to bargain with EPA, CARB on emissions

For most new-car buyers, haggling is a necessary evil. Now, car companies themselves are learning just how unpleasant haggling can be, as they try to find common ground with the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board on the subject of auto emissions. A recap One...Read More»

Real-world fuel economy & CAFE for new vehicles (International Council on Clean Transportation)
Report: Achieving the EPA's 2025 emissions goals could be 40 percent cheaper than expected

If you follow car news at all, you know that U.S. president Donald Trump has announced a review of the auto emissions regulations approved by the Environmental Protection Agency during the final days of the Obama administration. That news had many automakers cheering. They believe that the cost of...Read More»

California state capitol, Sacramento
California calls Trump's EPA review a 'cynical ploy', vows to fight for its emissions rules

Yesterday, Donald Trump authorized the review of a controversial decision by the Environmental Protection Agency--a decision finalized during the last days of the Obama administration. Officials in California made it abundantly clear that they weren't happy about the review, and they've vowed do...Read More»

Donald Trump
Trump to reconsider EPA rules but let California continue setting its own regs

Donald Trump is heading to Michigan, where he's expected to announce a review of federal emissions regulations that were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency just one week before the president took office. That should make some auto industry employees very, very happy, but perhaps they...Read More»

Exhaust tips
Trump goes to Detroit, probably to announce review of EPA emissions regulations

This week, Donald Trump will pay a visit to the Detroit area. Insiders report that while he's there, the president will give car companies something they've wanted for weeks: a review of the Environmental Protection Agency's auto emissions regulations, which cover vehicles made through the 2025...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
MIT: Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions will cause 1,200 (or more!) premature deaths in Europe

The ongoing Dieselgate crisis has been a major headache for Volkswagen employees, investors, vehicle owners, dealers, and diesel fans for nearly a year and a half. Though the scandal appears to be winding down--at least in the U.S.--a new study suggests that Volkswagen's troubles could be far from...Read More»

Exhaust tips
18 car companies petition Trump team to review EPA's efficiency rules

Just before Donald Trump was sworn into office, the Environmental Protection Agency did something a little unusual. It finalized emissions rules for U.S. vehicles through the 2025 model-year, and it did so much faster than expected. Now, 18 car companies are asking Trump and his team to review and...Read More»

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