Category Archives: fuel economy or emissions

Toyota, Shell to Bid on California Hydrogen Refueling Network

Shell with Toyota will be considered for the installation of hydrogen refueling equipment into seven retail stations in Northern California and a $16,362,500 taxpayer subsidies to develop those stations. 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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EPA – Cruze Diesel Sedan 52 MPG Highway

Given the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal, a large question remains about its sales potential. Even in Europe with subsidized fuel prices diesel sales are dropping. In the U.S. hybrids and super-efficient gasoline powered vehicles rule the roads. Continue reading

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Dieselgate: Volkswagen Cuts Deal with FTC and Plaintiffs

Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to approximately $1.2 billion in benefits for the 3-liter plea bargain, assuming 100% participation in the program, a 100% buyback of all eligible so-called Generation 1 vehicles and availability of an Emissions Compliant Repair for Generation 2 vehicles. Continue reading

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Dieselgate: Bosch Plea-Bargain for Dirty Engines

The dieselgate plea bargain – and it looks like a real bargain – requires the approval by Judge Charles R. Breyer, who conducts the nationwide multi-district proceedings in which numerous civil law actions have been combined. 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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CARB Issues Mid-Term CAFE, Green House Gas Review

However, CARB said that the U.S. national program is very modest in terms of promoting electrification needed to meet California’s public health and environmental needs beyond 2025. CARB recommends that California make a major push now to develop new post-2025 standards while working with automakers, federal regulators and partner states to further develop the market for electric cars. 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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Dieselgate2? EPA Says Jeep, Ram Diesels Use Illegal Software

In what looks to be a sequel the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, EPA is working in coordination with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which has also issued a notice of violation to FCA. EPA and CARB have both initiated investigations based on FCA’s alleged actions. FCA could be liable for civil penalties and injunctive relief for the alleged violations. EPA is also investigating whether the auxiliary emission control devices constitute “defeat devices,” which are illegal. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Pleads Guilty on Felony Charges in Dieselgate

Volkswagen AG will plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty because of the company’s long-running Dieselgate caper that sold ~590,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. using a defeat device to cheat on emissions tests. Continue reading

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CARB, CDOJ Whack VW for Another $66 Million in Ongoing Dieselgate Scam

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Department of Justice today announced a partial Dieselgate consent decree for violations of the Clean Air Act caused by a “defeat device” in 3-liter diesel crossover SUVs sold by Volkswagen, Audi … Continue reading

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2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Deliveries Start

California has approved a plan to develop up to 100 hydrogen refueling stations in the state during the next several years. This California initiative dovetails with some increased government support of hydrogen infrastructure development at the federal level, such as H2USA (http://h2usa.org/). Continue reading

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2017 Kia Niro Gets 76.6 MPG in US West to East Coast Run

The Kia Niro, a small five- passenger Crossover Hybrid Vehicle, is the first dedicated Kia hybrid. Continue reading

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Hybrid Vehicles Overtaking Diesels on Fuel Economy

However, the downturn in diesel mpg may be due to a change in manufacturers’ focus from fuel economy to NOx emissions after the Volkswagen Dieselgate fraud. Nonetheless, there clearly is an improvement in gasoline hybrid performance because of technologyl advances. Continue reading

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