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CARB Forcing VW, Audi, Porsche to Fix More Diesels

Sport-utility powerplants have cheat code.

by on Nov.30, 2015

The California Air Resources Board ordered Porsche and Audi vehicles using a 3.0-liter diesel engine to brought into compliance.

The Volkswagen Group faces new challenges in selling diesel-powered Porsche and Audi utility vehicles in the state of California.

The California Air Resources Board today sent an In Use Compliance letter notifying Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche to start the process necessary to recall and repair illegal emissions software in all 3.0-liter diesel vehicles, model years 2009 – 2015, sold in California.

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Audi has played up the performance advantages of the 3.0-liter diesel engines used in utility vehicles, such as the Audi Q7, and the 3.0-liter diesel is popular in Porsche’s two most popular utility vehicles, the Cayenne and Macan. (more…)

Gas-Powered Cars Could Soon Become Exception, Not Rule, in California

State clean air chief wants nearly 100% Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2030.

by on Aug.10, 2015

The California Air Resources Board continues its push to zero emissions from vehicles by 2030, which means EV makers like Tesla could be big winners in California.

With gas prices plunging, clean air proponents are watching as sales of battery-based vehicles take a nosedive. But don’t tell that to Mary Nichols, the director of the powerful California Air Resources Board. Whether through financial incentives or fiat, Nichols expects to see nearly 100% of the cars sold in the Golden State by 2030 powered by batteries, hydrogen or some other clean source of energy.

California’s Zero-Emissions Vehicle, or ZEV, mandate, has already shaken up the automotive industry. This year, it sets a goal of having 2.7% of the vehicles sold in the state run on alternative power – just like the battery-powered Honda Fit Nichols herself drives.

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“If we’re going to get our transportation system off petroleum,” Nichols said in an interview with Bloomberg news service, “we’ve got to get people used to a zero-emissions world, not just a little-bit-better version of the world they have now.” (more…)

Death Due to Air Pollution on the Rise Globally

Despite efforts to clean up cars, problems still exist.

by on Mar.26, 2014

Traffic congestion has become a major challenge in China reducing air quality.

A new report from the World Health Organization gives everyone new reasons to be concerned when they see a traffic-induced haze hovering over a large city. The organization estimates one of every eight deaths around the world can be traced back to exposure to air pollution.

The group, also known as WHO, estimates that in 2012 roughly 7 million people died as a result of air pollution exposure. The report doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. “Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives,” according to the report.

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Cities such as Beijing, Moscow and Mexico City have long been infamous for poor air quality linked to heavy traffic. But even Paris, which is covered by Western Europe’s relatively strict pollution controls, has had serious trouble with air pollution in recent weeks. (more…)

Governors Agree to Get 3.3 Million More Zero-Emission Cars on Roads

Improving infrastructure tops list of efforts in eight states.

by on Oct.25, 2013

Eight states have agreed to get 3.3 million zero emission cars on the roads, in part, by getting more charging stations built.

The push to get more zero emission vehicles on U.S. roads just got a significant boost as eight governors pledged to get 3.3 million more non-polluting cars on the roads by 2025.

The agreement by the leaders from California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont isn’t binding, but includes what many observers consider a key component to getting more of those vehicles on the road: a commitment to build charging stations and other infrastructure components.

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While the agreement requires no specific financial commitment, the deal has the states working together to change building codes and other regulations to allow a quick rollout of new charging stations. (more…)

Fuel Economy & Greenhouse Gas Rules Finalized

The most aggressive U.S. standards ever are now in place.

by on Apr.01, 2010

The Administration has delivered a historic compromise in the face of what looked to be overwhelming odds against it.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today jointly established new federal rules that set the first-ever national greenhouse gas emissions standards, and will increase the fuel economy of all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the United States.

Starting with 2012 model year vehicles, the rules together require automakers to improve fleet-wide fuel economy and reduce fleet-wide greenhouse gas emissions by about 5% every year.

NHTSA has established fuel economy standards that strengthen each year, reaching an estimated 34.1 mpg for the combined industry-wide fleet for model year 2016.

The rules, with a claimed cost of $52 billion and benefits of $240 billion, are compromised or the results of compromises in several areas, depending on your point of view. The vast majority of buyers will not see fuel economy anywhere near 34 mpg.

Because credits for air-conditioning improvements can be used to meet the EPA standards, but not the NHTSA standards, the EPA standards require that by the 2016 model-year, manufacturers must achieve a combined average vehicle emission level of 250 grams of carbon dioxide per mile. The EPA standard would be equivalent to 35.5 miles per gallon if all reductions came from fuel economy improvements.

Perhaps more worrisome from policy and health points of view are exemptions for the  gas guzzling, CO2 belching vehicles that the rich buy.

DOT and EPA received more than 130,000 public comments on the rules proposed in September 2009, and officials said there was “overwhelming support” for the new national policy. This means that automakers will be able to build a single, light-duty national fleet that satisfies all federal requirements, as well as the standards of California and other states.

The collaboration of federal agencies also allows for clearer rules for all automakers, instead of three standards (DOT, EPA, and a California standard), and was a clear victory for the Obama Administration that negotiated it after decades of gridlock and legal maneuvering.

The joint rules are also a sign of the decreasing political influence of automakers, which had long blocked fuel economy increases, and recognition of a growing green sentiment among voters.   (more…)

President Obama Endorses Tougher National Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards Tomorrow

Automakers lose as Administration imposes the California Greenhouse Gas rule nationally that effectively raises mileage requirements by more than 25% in the short term.

by on May.18, 2009

President Obama with house majority leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, and house speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CAca

Raising the fuel economy standard for automakers avoids once again a much tougher political choice of raising the price of fuel paid for by voters.

President Obama will announce tomorrow that he is requiring new national standards on auto greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy that will drastically increase the mileage required for new vehicles sold in the U.S.

The White House and the EPA declined to confirm this, but widespread news reports citing people who were briefed on the new plans leave little doubt that the gridlock caused by auto industry lobbyists on imposing higher mileage standards is about to be broken.

Under the new standard, the national fleet mileage rule for cars would be more than 40 miles a gallon in 2016. Light trucks would have to meet a fleet average of slightly than 26 miles a gallon by 2016.

Back in March, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued new fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks for the 2011 model year. They raised the industry-wide combined average to 27.3 miles per gallon, a 2 mpg increase over the 2010 model year average, as estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is part of DOT and is responsible for fuel economy regulations. The car standard for a 2011 is an average of 30.2 mpg. The 2011 light truck requirements average to about 24.1 mpg    (more…)