EPA

  • Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss

    The EPA is following through on plans to reduce the number of deaths it counts as attributable to air pollution, reportedly in an effort to support the Trump Administration's plans to shore up the coal industry. The plans were first discussed at a meeting of a key EPA air-quality standards board in the end of March. Now a report in the New York Times on Monday notes that the agency plans to change the modeling method it has used to count deaths associated with pollution of particulate matter emitted by burning fossil fuels—especially heavier, denser fossil fuels such as coal and diesel...

  • California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols (via Twitter)
    California braces for Trump mpg rules with extreme options—like a ban on tailpipes?

    The Trump Administration is expected to reveal more details about its revised vehicle fuel economy rules in upcoming days or weeks. These rules could still include what the EPA and DOT proposed last year—a coordinated attempt to strip California (and thus all the states that observe its...

  • Car2Go Smart ForTwo Electric Drive in San Diego
    No more Smarts, Faraday Future revived, EPA plans around climate change: Today's Car News

    Smart will no longer sell cars in the U.S. Faraday Future announced two new investments that could keep it afloat long enough to build its long-awaited FF91. And the EPA is warning others to prepare for climate change—as it maintains it's not really an issue yet. All this and more on Green...

  • 2017 Ford GT originally commissioned by John Cena - Image via Mecum Auctions
    Justice Department investigating Ford emissions certifications

    Some 2017 and newer Ford vehicles may have illegally polluted more than the company claimed during emissions certifications, and the company admitted Friday that criminal investigators were looking into the matter. The disclosure that the U.S. Department of Justice began investigating the Ford...

  • 2020 Kia Soul EV first drive  -  South Korea  -  April 2019
    Tesla changes, EPA updates, tax credits, Kia Soul EV review: The Week in Reverse

    Which U.S. state may regain the title of lithium-mining capital? What model will Tesla quit selling online? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending April 12, 2019. Tesla shook up its lineup again on Friday, announcing leases for...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Tesla Model 3 leasing, EPA proposal, Audi ads, deals for April: Today's Car News

    Tesla revised its lineup—again—and introduced leasing for the Model 3. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the agency will delay and revise a proposed freeze on fuel economy standards. New ads for the Audi e-tron quattro take on EV doubts directly. And we round up the best...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

    EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced Thursday that the agency will delay and revise its plan to freeze emissions and fuel-economy rules, which was expected to be released early this month. The proposed rule, the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule, would freeze fuel-economy standards at 2020 levels through 2026 and reverse increases scheduled under President Obama. It also proposed to eliminate the waiver that allows California to set its own stricter emissions standards. Two government officials briefed on the change told Reuters they expect a new proposal to require a small...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron
    2019 Audi e-tron EPA range revealed: Nothing to brag about, but aiming for the real world?

    The official EPA-rated range results are in for the 2019 Audi e-tron electric SUV—at least according to Audi, as they’re not yet posted by the federal agency—and they’re a fair amount lower than what was widely anticipated. Audi of America said Thursday that the EPA rating...

  • Grove Hydrogen Automotive fuel-cell car
    Chinese fuel-cell cars, lithium-ion battery growth, EPA and health: Today's Car News

    A Chinese hydrogen company introduces its own line of fuel-cell cars. A Texas startup plans to make motors more efficient. A report shows more battery production coming online. And without science boards the EPA questions some fundamental links. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The Chinese...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    EPA panel questions health effects of air pollution

    It isn't just global warming emissions that the EPA plans to deregulate. At a meeting last Thursday, a key air quality standards board at the agency cast doubt on longstanding findings that particulate matter—the microscopic particles spewing from diesel tailpipes—can cause health...

  • Tesla Model Y
    2020 Tesla Model Y, Mazda rotary, wider VW electric plans: The Week in Reverse

    Which two companies announced expanded lines of plug-in hybrids this week? What big decision did Tesla take back? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 15, 2019. The big news this week was Tesla's unveiling of its...

  • Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019
    Mazda rotary hybrids, plug-in hybrid Ford F-250, EPA ethanol push: Today's Report

    The EPA releases a proposal to increase ethanol blends, even in the summer when it can increase smog. Mazda may have more plans for its rotary engine technology than a single new hybrid. Conversion company XL Hybrids releases its new Heavy Duty Ford F-250 Hybrid pickup. And we run down the best...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

    Ethanol is known as an alternative fuel, and is even renewable. But that doesn't always make it clean. The Environmental Protection Agency, after proposing watered down emissions and fuel economy standards for cars, has now released a proposal to increase the amount of ethanol blended into pump gas year-round, including selling E15 in the summer. READ THIS: Trump expected to lift E15 ban limiting ethanol in summer gasoline Currently ethanol blending is restricted between June 1 and September 1, because a higher ratio of ethanol has been flagged by scientists and environmental groups for being...

  • Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
    Tesla stores, plug-in Jeeps, EPA fuel-economy, Colorado charging: Today's Car News

    Tesla reversed its decision to go online only, and is keeping many stores open. Fiat Chrysler announced two new plug-in Jeeps for Europe. An annual EPA report shows rising fuel-economy standards are working—just as the EPA plans to gut them. And a new program aims to get Colorado ready for...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    EPA says fuel economy rose in 2017, but it may be falling again

    An EPA report released Wednesday shows that cars are getting better gas mileage in response to rising fuel economy standards. Yet a roaring economy and low gas prices have put Americans on a truck-buying spree, and the EPA is working to undermine those standards. According to its annual automotive...

  • Tesla Model 3 vs. Polestar 2
    Base Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2, Kandi cars, Volvo and Audi plug-in hybrids: The Week in Reverse

    Which two startup companies showed new ways to get more miles out of an electric vehicle? What Chinese automaker received approval to import new models to the U.S. this week? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 1, 2019...

  • Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept teaser
    Ford fuel economy, EPA ends talks, better hybrids, Audi ad: Today's Car News

    Ford opened an investigation into the way it conducts fuel economy tests. The EPA quit speaking to California in their dispute over emissions rules. Half of Consumer Reports top picks for 2019 include hybrids or plug-in cars. And Audi makes good on advertising the performance benefits of an...

  • Freeway, Los Angeles, 2009 (photo by Myriam Thyes via Wikimedia)
    EPA cuts off fuel-economy talks with California

    The Trump administration has ended talks with California aimed at settling their differences over increasing fuel economy and tightening emissions regulations, Reuters reported Thursday, citing an unnamed government official. In August, the EPA, led by Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, released...

  • Electric car testing in Norway

    If you plan to drive an EV in winter weather you’ll need to charge more often to avoid “being stranded by a dead battery.” So sums AAA about its report on electric vehicle range, released this past week, which resulted in a very useful data set underscoring the reality of how EV range drops, especially at cold temperatures. As the organization concludes, on average, a 100-mile range at 75 degrees will drop down to just 59 miles on a 20-degree day, or 83 miles on a 95-degree day. The organization however fumbles some of the broad takeaways for would-be electric-vehicle...

  • 2020 Kia Soul EV
    Tesla batteries, EPA comments, Hyundai and Kia plug-in availability: Today's Car News

    Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said electric cars are "not grounds for concern" at the EPA—yet highway safety and car prices are. Tesla buys a company that builds ultracapacitors. Hyundai and Kia aim to avoid the dreaded "compliance car" label with their EV sales—barely. We...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    Analysis: Wheeler says electric cars "not grounds for concern" at the EPA. Really?

    The EPA may publish window stickers for all new cars that list their fuel efficiency, but it's not clear the agency's acting administrator has read them. At BloombergNEF's Future Mobility summit in San Francisco, on Monday, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler told Bloomberg, "It is not the...

  • 2020 Subaru Legacy teased ahead of 2019 Chicago Auto Show debut
    Tesla squeeze, broadband charging, EV education, EPA science: Today's Car News

    The British parent of Virgin Media plans to use Virgin's broadband wiring to build public electric-car charging stations. Electric-car charging info site Chargeway sets up its first installations in Portland, Oregon. And the EPA appointed a noted skeptic of climate action. All this and more on...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    EPA adds climate skeptic to science board

    Science at the EPA has been a topic of much debate, and a lot of turmoil since President Trump took office. In that way, the addition of eight new members to the agency's much discussed Science Advisory Board isn't surprising. What may more surprising to some is the makeup of the new members...

  • 2019 Ford F-150
    Ford Mustang Hybrid, wind power, EPA holdups, American electrics: Today's Car News

    Wind power is expected become America's top renewable energy source in 2019. The recent government shutdown may have held up the sale of some new fuel-efficient cars—and another one may hold up even more. Our latest Twitter poll asks how important it is to our readers for electric cars to be...