Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers comments on proposed MY2017-2025 LDV CAFE/GHG regulations

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has filed comments in response to the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Technical Assessment Report (TAR) for MY2017-2025 light-duty vehicle fuel economy/greenhouse gas regulations released last month by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ( earlier post ).

Engine products group files legal challenge to EPAs partial waiver for E15

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The newly formed Engine Products Group (EPG)—comprising the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. We are pursuing this legal action reluctantly and remain committed to continuing to work with the Administration and other stakeholders to establish prospective, performance-based targets to address the challenging issues related to the introduction of new fuels into the marketplace.

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Provisional agreement reached on European CO2 standards for heavy-duty trucks; 30% lower by 2030

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With the first-ever EU emission standards for trucks agreed, we are completing the legal framework to reach the European target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. The introduction of a benchmark system for truck manufacturers totally ignores the demand side.

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Mercedes-Benz to begin equipping top models with CO2 air conditioning systems starting in 2017; adapting other models for R1234yf

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Due to especially quickly available and high cooling performance, CO 2 air conditioning systems swiftly provide for a pleasant feel-good climate inside vehicles even in very hot weather, the company said, while at the same time complying with legal requirements for low global warming potential refrigerants and avoiding the use of R1234yf, which Mercedes has found problematic.

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Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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In order to optimise fuel efficiency improvements in each vehicle type, automobile manufacturers need the flexibility to choose the most appropriate batteries from a technical and economic perspective.

Comedy CAFE Clowns Crack Me Up

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Car Makers Serve Up Funniest Fail Ever! Click on this pic to read the story behind this photo.

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WLTP and RDE tests for measuring emissions come into force in EU tomorrow

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A Global Technical Regulation (GTR) on WLTP was developed and finally adopted by UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations in March 2014, at the request of policy makers, the automobile industry and consumers. However, GTRs require incorporation into national or regional legal frameworks before they can be applied. In practice, car manufacturers must set their design objectives well below the legal limit to be certain of complying.

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California ARB Pulls the Plug on Cool Cars Regulation

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After listening to this input and accounting for the legal deadline to finalize the rule, today we are announcing that the AB32 “cool cars” rulemaking will cease. Based on these requirements, ARB expected reflective glazing to be installed on windshields in 2012 and on all windows in 2016, unless automobile manufacturers decided to use an alternate performance option for 2016 and beyond.

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Zero-Carbon Drive to Sacto Anti-Carbon Rally and Back

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Rainforest Action Network (RAN) held a rally in Sacramento Thursday outside the lobbying offices of the Association of Automobile Manufacturers to protest their continuing lawsuit against California's greenhouse gas legislation. Dan Kalb of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Bonnie Holms-Gen of the Lung Association were there to lend their voices of protest against the auto industry's continuing legal assault on California.

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Bills in Virginia General Assembly Seek to Have Automakers Shield Auto Dealers from Financial Impact of Restructuring

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A bill currently in the Virginia Senate ( SB 1410 ) would require manufacturers that stop producing a line of cars to buy back unsold cars from dealers, pay up to three years’ rent on the dealership and pay fair market value of the franchise up to its value two years ago. “Clearly, I don’t have a conflict of interest from a legal standpoint,” Norment said. Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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LMU study finds 20% of gases from combustion of R1234yf MAC refrigerant consist of highly toxic carbonyl fluoride; urges reassessment

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According to guidelines issued by the European Union, automobile manufacturers are legally obligated to use a low global warming potential refrigerant in the air-conditioning systems installed in their cars. Studies carried out by various institutions and by German auto manufacturers had pointed to the compound’s flammability, and shown that, in the event of accidents in which vehicles catch fire, combustion of R1234yf leads to the release of hydrogen fluoride.

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“Energiewende” in a tank; Audi e-fuels targeting carbon-neutral driving with synthetic fuels from renewables, H2O and CO2; Swiss policy test case

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In June 2013, Audi commissioned a power-to-gas facility in the north German town of Werlte, thus becoming the first automobile manufacturer to develop a chain of sustainable energy sources. The automobile industry already invests in the production of CO 2 -neutral synthetic fuels.

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Volkswagen of America temporarily withdraws application for US certification of MY 2016 vehicles; AECDs

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As the EPA has said, these vehicles do not present a safety hazard and remain safe and legal to drive. As one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, our commitment to the environment extends throughout every aspect of our business in the more than 150 countries in which we operate. The facility is the first and only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to receive the Platinum Certification.

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Volkswagen AG timeline on diesel emissions scandal

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Emission deviations between test bench and road operation exist at all automobile manufacturers and are not automatically attributable to violations of regulations. For global automobile manufacturers, service measures and recall campaigns are nothing out of the ordinary.

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US House Members Introduce Bipartisan Disapproval Resolution to Block EPA Regulation of GHG; Mirrors Murkowski Resolution

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Kevin Vincent, the Chief Counsel for NHTSA, wrote earlier in February that: As a strictly legal matter, the Murkoswki Resolution does not directly impact NHTSA’s independent statutory authority to set fuel economy standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA).

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Mercedes-Benz presents autonomous Future Truck 2025 research vehicle; “Highway Pilot”

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The sensor and camera technology is active throughout the speed range from standstill to the legally permitted maximum truck speed of 80 km/h. Autonomous driving in long-distance truck operations with the “Highway Pilot”. Click to enlarge.

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Waxman/Markey Bill Accelerates Infrastructure and Build-out for Plug-Ins, Calls for Harmonization of Motor Vehicle GHG Standards; 3% of Emissions Allowances for Cap-and-Trade Go to Auto Industry

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2454 , The American Clean Energy and Security Act—which establishes a cap-and-trade program also contains a number of provisions for accelerating the deployment of a vehicle charging infrastructure and the manufacturing of plug-in electric drive vehicles. These applications may be jointly sponsored by electric utilities, automobile manufacturers, technology providers, car sharing companies or organizations, or 2 other persons or entities.

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BMW unveils the production i3 in New York, London and Beijing; efficiency, dynamics and a supporting ecosystem of services

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The high-voltage system is designed to cope with accidents beyond the legal requirements, with the high-voltage battery including features that ensure its safe reaction even in situations such as this. The production version of the i3. Click to enlarge.

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Perspective: US Needs to Transition to Hydrous Ethanol as the Primary Renewable Transportation Fuel

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The 1979 Iranian crisis and related oil price shock accelerated Brazil’s conversion of its gasoline supply and automobile fleet. Automobile manufacturers were given tax breaks to produce cars that ran on hydrous ethanol, and, by 1980, every automobile company in Brazil was following this lead. By the mid-1980s, three quarters of the cars manufactured in Brazil were capable of running on sugarcane-based hydrous ethanol. by Brian J. Donovan, CEO Renergie, Inc.

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House Chairmen Waxman, Markey Release Draft of Energy and Climate Legislation; Among the Many Provisions Are Cap-and-Trade, Harmonization of CAFE and California Vehicle Regulations, and Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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It also would establish financial support for large-scale demonstrations of plug-in electric drive vehicles, and provide financial assistance to manufacturers of plug-in electric drive vehicles. Manufactured Homes. The draft provides rebates to low-income families residing in pre-1976 manufactured homes that can be applied toward purchases of new Energy Star-rated manufactured homes. Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward J.

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