Category Archives: environment

CARB Defies Trump on Vehicle Emission Standards

The courts have long upheld California’s right to set its own emission standards – for decades longer than District and Federal Courts have summarily dismissed Trump’s attempt at racist travel bans. Continue reading

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CARB Issues Next Gen Emissions Reduction Plan

CARB also directed staff to report annually on progress on implementation of the SIP Strategy including recommendations on additional funding as well as direction to expedite implementation where possible. Continue reading

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Daimler at China Development Forum – Pure Money, Politics

In China, through its government-dictated cooperation with local partners, China continued to be the largest individual sales market globally for Mercedes-Benz Cars in 2016. Continue reading

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U.S. Ethanol Exports at Second-Highest Level on Record

U.S. ethanol imports fell 60% in 2016 to 36 million gallons, the lowest level since 2010. Imports were almost exclusively (99%) sugarcane ethanol from Brazil. Most of the imported ethanol went to the West Coast region, most likely for compliance with California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Program, which uses scoring rules that count sugarcane ethanol as a fuel with a much lower carbon content than corn ethanol. Continue reading

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27 Electric Trucks Coming to SoCal Freight and Rail Yards

Exposure to diesel exhaust, of course, can lead to serious health conditions like asthma and respiratory illnesses and can worsen existing heart and lung disease, especially in children and the elderly. These conditions can result in increased numbers of emergency room visits, hospital admissions, absences from work and school, and premature deaths. It also produces ground level ozone, a contributor to Global Warming. Continue reading

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Volvo Picks AeroVironment for Its First EV Charging Station

AeroVironment’s new charger is said to pair well with the TurboCord model that comes standard in the trunk of the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. Volvo Cars drivers can now have a charging station in their garage, and one in the trunk. Continue reading

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Geneva: Toyota i-TRIL Concept Car

With its One-plus-Two seating layout, the i-TRIL has odd, but potentially effective interior space. Current interior design philosophy hinges on everything being built around the driver, with rear seat passengers very much regarded as second class citizens. Continue reading

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Daimler Expands ChargePoint to Europe

It’s well known that customer acceptance of electric mobility – thus far meager – is closely associated with the availability of a comprehensive infrastructure, one that is clearly deficient now. Continue reading

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California, Quebec Results on Joint Cap-And-Trade Auction

Cap-and-trade program as one of the strategies California will employ to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause climate change. Continue reading

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Toyota Global Hybrid Sales Exceed 10 Million

In one of the most graphic demonstrations of the benefits of being a first mover in technology, Toyota has now sold more than 10 million hybrid vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, as of 31 January. The milestone was achieved a mere … Continue reading

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Maven Expands Los Angeles Car Sharing with Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, with an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, has launched in Los Angeles in Maven City car sharing and the Lyft Express Drive program. Maven supplies vehicles for Lyft’s Express Drive program, providing Lyft drivers with access to weekly rentals of GM vehicles in some cities. Continue reading

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Sells 9.6 Million Vehicles in 2016

The Renault-Nissan Alliance had global sales of 9.96 million vehicles during 2016. The car group also continued its leadership in zero-emission vehicles with cumulative sales of ~425,000 electric vehicles since the introduction of the Nissan LEAF in 2010, followed by … Continue reading

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California Proposes Strict Greenhouse Gases, Fuel Economy Rules for 2030

Twit-nitwit Trump – “global warming is a Chinese hoax” – is an additional exacerbating factor here with his EPA head nominee, Scott Pruitt saying it’s real – a lie about Global Warming to get through his confirmation hearing, or is he serious? Continue reading

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Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tests in United Arab Emirates in May

Toyota will begin driving and refueling demonstration tests of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle in the UAE in May of 2017. It is currently selling the hydrogen-fueled zero emissions Mirai FCV that only emits water in Japan, the United States and Europe. Continue reading

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CAFE, Global Warming Rules Approved for 2022-25

In a parting shot to Twit-nitwit Trump who wants to despoil the environment because global warming is all a “Chinese hoax,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says it will maintain the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks. Continue reading

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