EPA proposes leaving light-duty vehicle GHG standards for MY 2022-2025 unchanged

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed leaving the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for light-duty vehicle model years 2022-2025 in place, based on its technical analysis that shows automakers are well positioned to meet the targets. The final standards are projected result in an average industry fleet-wide level of 163 grams/mile of CO 2 in model year 2025, which is equivalent to 54.5

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EPA: GHG emissions standards for cars and light trucks should be revised; joint process with NHTSA (updated with more reactions)

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the completion of the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and his final determination that the current standards are not appropriate and should be revised. Consumers Union: “Thanks to emissions and efficiency standards, consumers have saved billions of dollars on fuel over the last 5 years.

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Geely Auto forms new premium electric car company Zeekr; SEA EV architecture

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Geely Auto Group (Geely Auto) officially announced the widely reported formation of Zeekr—a new electric mobility technology and solutions company based in China that will serve growing global demand for premium electric vehicles.

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EPA to maintain light-duty vehicle GHG standards unchanged through 2025

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In an expected ruling, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy finalized her decision to maintain the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks. The standards are projected to result in average fleet-wide consumer fuel economy sticker values of 36 miles per gallon (mpg) by model year 2025, 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average.

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Ongoing market rollout for SAE hydrogen fueling standards

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At the Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition (FCS&EE) today in Los Angeles (co-sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE), Toyota and Honda, among others), SAE is providing a short course on “SAE H 2 Fueling Standardization”; the course is presented by Jesse Schneider from BMW and Steve Mathison from Honda, both of whom have been deeply involved in the development of the SAE hydrogen fueling standards. The SAE J2601 standard lookup table is used to determine a 21.8

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EPA re-opens Mid-Term Evaluation Process for light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards 2022-2025

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that EPA intends to reconsider its final determination issued on 12 January 2017 which recommended no change to the greenhouse gas standards for light duty vehicles for model years 2022- 2025. In coordination with EPA, the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is evaluating its fuel economy standards for that period.

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New Ford Escape launching with two new EcoBoost engines with standard Auto Start-Stop

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The new Ford Escape, being showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start-Stop standard with either of two EcoBoost engines new to the model—a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter twin-scroll. Escape SE and Titanium trim levels come standard with the new 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost, while the powerful new twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost is optional.

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Auto Alliance urges EPA to withdraw premature Final Determination on light-duty GHG regulations, resume Midterm Evaluation process with NHTSA

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The Auto Alliance has sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting that the US Environmental Protection Agency withdraw the Final Determination on the Appropriateness of the Model Year 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards under the Midterm Evaluation which EPA announced on 13 January 2017. In 2012, EPA and NHTSA set joint greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards over a decade in advance for MY 2022-2025.

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Motherson Group collaborating with UBQ to bring carbon-negative thermoplastics into auto parts

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The companies are joining efforts to implement the carbon-negative UBQ thermoplastic ( earlier post ) into auto parts manufactured by Motherson Group for the automotive industry.

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StreetScooter showcases all-new versions of successful WORK and WORK L electric light commercial vehicles

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StreetScooter has presented the next generation of its successful all-electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs): the WORK and WORK L. Examples include the in-vehicle Automatic Emergency Call system eCall and the AVAS Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, both of which ensure more safety in road traffic, as well as a standard automatic climate control system, keyless entry and keyless start and a passenger side airbag.

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EPAs GHG Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles; Special Credits To Encourage PHEVs, BEVs and FCVs

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The footprint-based standard CO 2 curves for cars (left) and trucks (right). Yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National High Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly established increasingly stringent greenhouse gas emission standards under the Clean Air Act for 2012 through 2016 model-year vehicles and fuel economy standards under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy program, respectively. Light trucks.

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Toyota introducing Corolla Hybrid to US at LA Auto Show; at least 50 mpg

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Toyota is introducing the Corolla Hybrid to the US market at the LA Auto Show. suite of active safety systems comes standard on the hybrid. ECO mode: Improves hybrid system efficiency by limiting power in response to light to moderate accelerator pedal input. Brake Hold, when engaged, is a convenient technology that reduces driver effort while waiting at a traffic light or while driving in heavy traffic. All Corolla models come equipped with a standard backup camera.

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Buick adding new eAssist mild hybrid to 2018 Buick LaCrosse as standard powertrain

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The Buick LaCrosse is adding eAssist light electrification for the 2018 model. It will be the standard powertrain for the 2018 LaCrosse, which goes on sale this fall. The new standard 2.5L With the introduction of this new standard powertrain, the 2018 LaCrosse starting price will be lowered to $30,490. Electric Assist: The MGU’s electric motor function provides a power boost for an extremely smooth launch from the Auto-Stop mode.

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European automakers define recommendations to standardize charging of plug-in vehicles; 2017 for harmonized application

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The European automobile manufacturers, though ACEA, the automobile manufacturers’ trade association, have defined a comprehensive set of recommendations to standardize the charging of electrically-chargeable vehicles. ACEA is stressing the need to divide the upcoming timeframe into two fundamental phases: an ongoing period until approval of relevant standards (Phase 1); and the period following approval of relevant standards granting sufficient lead-time for implementation (Phase 2).

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Beijing to implement stricter China V emission standard next month

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Beijing implemented China IV (Euro IV) standards for light-duty vehicles in 2008; the implementation of the more stringent standards for motor vehicles has been planned for some time. The standard will be applied to new cars on the auto market and motor vehicles that have yet to receive license plates, according to the report. the sale and registration of diesel vehicles that cannot meet the new standard will be halted.

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Achates Power building 2.7L opposed-piston light-duty engine; exceeding CAFE 2025, Tier 3 targets at lower cost

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six-piston) light-duty version of its opposed piston engine (OPE) in both diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions. Achates will demonstrate the engine in 2018 in a driveable light-duty truck. The new Achates Power 2.7-liter OPE will deliver nominal power of 270 hp and max torque of 650 N·m (479 lb-ft); the vehicle will achieve 37 mpg—12% above the 33 mpg fully phased-in CAFE 2025 requirement for a full-size, light-duty pick-up truck (65-70 sq. Light-duty diesel OP.

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SAE taskforce developing standards for wireless charging for plug-in vehicles; targeting first guideline by end of 2011

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Since additional field data is needed for standardization, said Jesse Schneider of BMW, leader of the J2954 effort, a 2012-13 date is estimated for the balloted standard. The scope of the work covers light duty passenger EVs and PHEVs and buses. Presently the J2954 team is a cross-industry team of auto and bus OEMs, EV infrastructure companies, government laboratories, universities, wireless power and Tier 1 suppliers. Infrastructure Plug-ins Standards

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California ARB holding informational meeting on feasibility of measuring LEV III PM mass standards

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will conduct a public meeting on 22 October to hear an update from ARB staff on the feasibility of measurement of LEV III particulate matter (PM) standards. PM emissions from light- and medium-duty vehicles are regulated by California’s Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) regulations. LEV III tightens the PM standard for light-duty vehicles (cars and trucks) and medium-duty passenger vehicles in two phases.

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Audi continues rollout of standard 48V mild hybrid system with new A6 Avant

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Audi has launched the new Audi A6 Avant station wagon equipped with a standard 48V mild hybrid system (MHEV) for the four- and six-cylinder TDI (diesel) and TFSI (gasoline) engines. The new eight-generation A6 sedan, introduced in February this year, also features the 48V MHEV system as standard. The A6 Avant and A6 sedan join the new second-generation A7 Sportback ( earlier post ) and A8 ( earlier post ) as now incorporating the MHEV system as standard.

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Ford launches Co-Pilot360 suite of standard ADAS tech including automatic emergency braking; rolling out this fall

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Ford launched Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of standard advanced driver-assist technologies that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, rear backup camera and auto high beam lighting. The technology addresses Ford research showing a growing trend of people worrying about hitting pedestrians and will be standard on 91% of Ford vehicles in North America by 2020.

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DOT and EPA release revised fuel economy and GHG emission standards for MY 2021-2026 light-duty vehicles

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The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule setting corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and CO 2 emissions standards for model years 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks. The final rule increases the stringency of CAFE and CO 2 emissions standards by 1.5%

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President Obama announces 54.5 mpge, 163 gCO2/mile target for MY2025 light-duty vehicles; California on board

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Light-duty vehicle fuel economy standards, 1978-2025. MY2012-2025 standards are EPA GHG standards in miles per gallon equivalent, incorporating air conditioning improvements. Dashed lines denote that standards for MY2017-2025 reflect percentage increases in Notice of Intent. L/100km) or 163 g/mile of CO 2 for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. Stringency of standards for pick-ups and other light-duty trucks would increase an average of 3.5%

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10 automakers commit to making automatic emergency braking standard in US

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Ten major vehicle manufacturers have committed to making automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles built, the US Department of Transportation, its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced today. The Department and IIHS encourage all other light-vehicle and trucking manufacturers to bring automated vehicle technology to all vehicles on US roadways as soon as possible.

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Report finds US automakers remain profitable under future CAFE standards even with fuel price fluctuation

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Even with wide-ranging unpredictable gas prices, US automakers will remain profitable and suppliers will benefit under existing national fuel economy standards slated to be in place until 2025, according to a new economic analysis brief prepared by independent automotive industry analysts, commissioned by the nonprofit group Ceres. In all of our fuel price scenarios (from Very Low to High), the auto industry would be profitable if current standards stay in place.

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Hyundai introduces 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at Chicago Auto Show

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Hyundai unveiled the redesigned 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at the Chicago Auto Show. 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in come standard with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag. Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display and a rearview camera are also standard. LED headlamps are optional and LED taillights and DRLs are standard.

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EPA, DOT open public comment period on reconsideration of GHG Standards for Cars and Light Trucks

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In a joint Federal Register notice , the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) opened the public comment period on the reconsideration of the January 2017 Final Determination for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years (MY) 2022-2025. Separately, EPA is also taking comment on whether the MY 2021 standards are appropriate. —Mitch Bainwol, President & CEO, Auto Alliance.

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Kia unveils Soul EV at Chicago Auto Show

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Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2015 Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV charges at any standard 120v outlet or with a conventional 240v EV charger. Two charging ports are standard, including a SAE J1772 port for Level 1 and Level 2 AC, and a CHAdeMo DC fast-charging port (480v). Recharging times vary from 24 hours for a fully depleted battery using a standard 120-volt outlet and under five hours when plugged into a 240-volt outlet. Soul EV.

Center for Automotive Research calls long-run economic risk to auto industry of mandating permanent fuel economy standards very serious; recommends periodic reviews

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Plug-in hybrids dominate market penetration in 2025 under CAR scenario IV (62 mpg CAFE standard). Based on the results of the study, CAR believes the economic risk to the auto industry connected to mandating permanent fuel economy standards in the long run is “ very serious ” The group recommends periodic review to assess the rate of technology development and cost reduction of advanced technologies leading up to 2025. Scenario II: (51 mpg CAFE standard, 40.8

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Canada aligns with US on light-duty vehicle GHGs, Tier 3 regulations and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency

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The final Regulations Amending the Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations for model year 2017 and beyond will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on 8 October. With these amendments, Canada is proposing to establish more stringent US Tier 3 vehicle and fuel standards to provide cleaner air to Canadians. The standards would be introduced with the 2017 model year and increase in stringency until fully implemented in the 2025 model year.

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Gen 5 2019 Toyota RAV4 debuts at New York International Auto Show; 2.5L inline-4 and Toyota Hybrid System

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Toyota introduced the fifth-generation RAV4 at the New York International Auto Show. Standard on AWD-equipped Limited gas and Adventure grade models, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect can send 50% of engine torque to the rear wheels, plus distribute it to the left or right rear wheel for improved handling. Standard on all RAV4 Hybrid models, the Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) works in sync with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine.

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Auto Alliance pushing for passage of Maryland SB 1234 that would require state purchase of ZEVs; 50% of LDVs by 2026

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance) is strongly supporting the passage of Maryland’s SB 1234 , a bill that would require the State of Maryland to purchase zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) for state fleets. The bill phases in a requirement that, by fiscal 2026, 50% of light-duty vehicles purchased for the State vehicle fleet be zero-emission vehicles. —Auto Alliance.

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SAE International Forms New Committee to Create Vehicle Battery Standards

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SAE International is creating a new Vehicle Battery Standards Committee which will serve as a center for standardization to support the ongoing development of new and advanced battery technologies. The new SAE Vehicle Battery Standards Committee will initially focus on standardizing battery performance and safety and will assure harmonization with other standards development in the US and around the world.

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New Audi A8 comes with 48V mHEV standard; plug-in e-tron model with wireless charging

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quattro permanent all-wheel drive is standard in the new Audi flagship model. The operating principle of the participating systems can be set using the comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and individual modes. It uses map data plus a new standard of real-time traffic information, and adapts energy management to reflect the route ahead. The A8 L e-tron quattro is identifiable from outside by its special daytime running lights and special wheels.

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MIT study: higher octane standard fuel in US could lower fleet fuel consumption & GHG an extra 4.5-6% by 2040

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Offering a higher-octane gasoline to the consumer market in the US as the standard grade could deliver an incremental 4.5% For their paper, the team proposed a 98 RON gasoline—currently the US premium grade—as the new standard fuel. In other words, they proposed making the current premium fuel the new standard grade. The octane number (ON) reflects the resistance to auto-ignition and knock of given fuel.

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CALSTART survey of major auto suppliers finds 70% don’t want US to change CAFE targets; split on amount of electrification needed

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Major automotive suppliers see national fuel economy standards as important for long-term planning and investment and don’t want to see them altered by US policymakers, according to a first-of-its-kind industry survey commissioned by CALSTART and conducted by Ricardo Energy & Environment. 65% agreed with the decision to set new miles-per-gallon standards for 2025, with 30% saying they strongly agreed with the decision. 59% said that fuel-economy standards help spur job growth.

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EPA and NHTSA Issue Notice of Intent to Develop New Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Economy Standards for Light-Duty Vehicle Model Years 2017-2025; Proposal Expected by 30 Sep 2011

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The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to begin developing new standards for greenhouse gases and fuel economy for light-duty vehicles for the 2017-2025 model years. A principal goal of the Supplemental Notice will be to narrow the range of potential stringencies for the future proposed standards, as well as to reflect new.

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20 automakers commit to make automatic emergency braking standard on new vehicles no later than 2022; faster than regulatory process

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auto market to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on virtually all new cars in the US no later than NHTSA’s 2022 reporting year, which begins 1 Sept 2022. The agency also recently released an initial assessment of current Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that identifies key challenges in full deployment of automated vehicles. AEB will be standard on virtually all trucks with a gross vehicle weight between 8,501 lbs.

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U-M study finds current CAFE standards create profit incentive for larger vehicles

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The current vehicle footprint-based Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards create a financial incentive for automakers to increase vehicle size, except under certain limited conditions of consumer preference for vehicle size, according to a study by University of Michigan researchers Kate Whitefoot and Steven Skerlos. Furthermore, their results suggest that the incentive is larger for light trucks than for passenger cars, which could increase traffic safety risks.

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Ford showcases Transit line-up powered by new Ford EcoBlue diesel at Hannover; 6-speed auto, AWD and SYNC 3

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Transit van models equipped with optional Auto-Start-Stop achieve CO 2 emissions from 174 g/km and average fuel consumption from 6.6 Transit Custom vehicles fitted with optional Auto-Start-Stop deliver CO 2 emissions from 157 g/km with average fuel consumption from 6.1 The Ford EcoBlue diesel engine has been engineered to meet Ford’s rigorous commercial vehicle durability standards, powering Transit vehicles through the equivalent of 5.5

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New Open Fuel Standard Act would set minimum requirement for non-petroleum fuel capability in new automobiles

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Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) introduced the Open Fuel Standard Act ( H.R. The auto industry had criticized the 95% requirement as unattainable, noted the Methanol Institute, which came out strongly in support of the new bill. Engel has introduced the Open Fuel Standard as the lead sponsor, or co-lead sponsor, in the last three sessions of Congress.

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New US Poll Finds 74% of Likely Voters Favor 60 MPG Fuel Economy Standard by 2025

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A new national poll of likely voters conducted by the Mellman Group found that 74% of likely voters favor having “ the federal government require the auto industry to increase average fuel efficiency…to 60 miles per gallon by the year 2025.” Among the other findings: 78% favored regulations requiring the auto industry to reduce CO 2 emissions from light duty vehicles. The standards will cover model years 2017 to 2025.

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NRC report finds Federal analysis to set LD CAFE and GHG standards generally of high quality; some technologies and issues should be re-examined

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The analysis used by federal agencies to set standards for fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions for new US light-duty vehicles from 2017 to 2025 was thorough and of high caliber overall, according to a new report from the National Research Council. In addition, the report found, evidence suggests that the standards will lead the nation’s light-duty vehicle fleet to become lighter but not less safe. only the MY 2017-2021 CAFE standards are final.

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Consumer Federation of America Calls for LDV CAFE Standard of 60 MPG for 2025

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A new economic analysis in an issue brief from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is recommending that the Obama Administration set a fleet-wide car and light truck fuel economy standard of 60 mpg (3.92 The Obama Administration will release a Notice of Intent for 2017-2025 light duty fuel economy standards on 30 September. Previous fuel economy standards have left huge consumer savings on the table. —Setting the Next Round of Fuel Economy Standards.

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