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Ford, Automakers Call on Trump, EPA to Put the Breaks on Fuel Economy Rules

Ford, Automakers Call on Trump, EPA to Put the Breaks on Fuel Economy Rules

Ford and major other automakers are lobbying president-elect Donald Trump and the EPA to roll back emissions and fuel-efficiency standards, which the industry says are neither achievable nor cost-effective.

Automakers Beat Fuel Economy, GHG Emissions Standards, EPA Says

Cars achieved record-high fuel economy while outperforming greenhouse gas emission standards last year, according to EPA data, even as low gas prices make it more difficult to sell more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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Automakers Are Spending Billions Bringing New Alternative Vehicles to Market

The week started out with Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk saying that the company would not try to raise any more cash this year to grow its operations. The market reacted on the positive side, with a possible inference being that it could not keep up with the demand for electric cars that are on its production line.

Plastics Industry, Recyclers Launch Automotive Recycling Project

A new automotive recycling project aims to develop a method to collect and recover plastic auto parts in a way that is technically and economically feasible.

Automotive Suppliers to Feds: Keep Emissions, Fuel Efficiency Standards

Major automotive suppliers say national fuel economy and emissions standards are important for long-term business plans and investments — and don’t want to see the feds weaken the vehicle rules, according to an industry survey commissioned by clean transit technology nonprofit Calstart. The survey comes as federal agencies undertake a … Read more »

Bosch Water Injection Improves Cars’ Fuel Efficiency, Cuts GHG Emissions

German automotive supplier Bosch says it is the first and only supplier to offer water injection, which improves fuel efficiency and decreases greenhouse gas emissions. Especially at high engine speeds, cars use some of gasoline for cooling instead of for propulsion. Bosch says its water injection is a new way … Read more »

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Exxon’s Algae Investments May Be Good for Business, and Public Relations

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s investment in algae biofuels may turn out to be good for business, and public relations. The oil giant, under pressure from states attorneys general and shareholders about what it had previously known about climate change, is letting the general public know about its forays into clean energy.

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EV Charging Companies to DOJ: Do You Trust VW to Invest ‘Game Changing’ $2 Billion Fairly?

Electric vehicle charging companies have called for independent oversight of Volkswagen’s planned $2 billion investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the US — part of the automaker’s penalty for cheating emissions tests.

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Feds Praise Automakers’ GHG Emissions, Fuel Efficiency Progress

Yesterday federal agencies launched a mid-term review of the Obama administration’s emissions and fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks — standards that aim to double these vehicles’ fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon and cut GHG emissions in half by 2025. The Obama administration says this … Read more »

Ford, Jose Cuervo Make Car Parts from Agave Waste

Ford Motor Company says it has teamed up with Jose Cuervo to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to use in Ford vehicles. If the companies are successful in developing a composite, it could help reduce vehicle weight and lower energy … Read more »