Fourteen States Considering Zero Emission Light-Duty Sales Requirements

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In September 2020, the governor of California signed an Executive Order requiring zero emissions for all new light-duty passenger vehicles by 2035. The California Air Resources Board will put regulations in place accordingly.

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Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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The ninth annual California Green Innovation Index —released by the nonpartisan nonprofit group Next 10 and prepared by Beacon Economics—finds that the state’s ambitious climate policies have allowed for considerable economic growth, with California outpacing the growth of other states during the recovery period following the Great Recession. On an absolute basis, California’s total GHG emissions fell only slightly in 2015, down 0.34% from 2014.

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Nevada launches “Clean Cars Nevada” effort; adopting California LEV and ZEV

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The California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program, starting with sales of model year 2025 vehicles.

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UC report to CalEPA outlines policy options to decarbonize California transportation by 2045

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A team of transportation and policy experts from the University of California released a report to the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) outlining policy options to significantly reduce transportation-related fossil fuel demand and emissions. The University of California demand study was conducted by researchers from the UC Institute of Transportation Studies , a network with branches at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and UCLA.

Study: California will hit climate targets >100 years too late at current pace of reductions; transportation, wildfires & landfills

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California will meet its 2030 climate targets more than three decades late, in 2061, and could be more than 100 years late in meeting its 2050 target if the average rate of emissions reductions from the past year hold steady, according to a new study tracking more than a decade of environmental and economic indicators in the state. California has made tremendous gains cutting pollution without detrimental economic impacts. California wildfires in 2018 emitted an estimated 45.5

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Targray to distribute Golden Light LiPF6-based electrolyte materials to North America and Europe

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Targray Technology International has entered into a distribution agreement with Golden Light Hi-Tech (Shantou Jinguang Hi-Tech Company (USA) Inc) for the distribution of its electrolyte materials across North America and Europe. Golden Light is a China-based supplier of electrolyte. Golden Light was founded in 2000, and its North America branch was established in Pasadena, California in 2010.

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.

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Chrysler Group files S-1 for IPO; snapshot of R&D priorities; exploring a light-duty hydraulic hybrid

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While we believe that our current product plan will meet the applicable federal and California GHG/fuel economy standards established through model year 2016, based on projected sales volumes and fleet mix, compliance with the standards as proposed for the 2017 through 2025 model years will require us to take further additional costly actions or to limit the sale of certain of our vehicles in certain states.”

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Sandia hydrogen program begins to engage international hydrogen research community more ambitiously

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A new hydrogen research initiative based in Japan will leverage Department of Energy (DOE)-funded hydrogen research at Sandia National Laboratories’ California site and will likely become the first research effort to be rolled into a broader Sandia research umbrella aimed at increasing the laboratories’ hydrogen partnerships domestically and abroad. WPI provides support for research and development projects and encourages international collaboration among leading researchers.

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California and China partner in push for ZEVs; new working group to expand cooperation

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California Governor Edmund G. and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary D. California accounts for more than 50% of sales in the United States. In California, the transportation sector is responsible for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions and is also by far the largest source of smog-causing pollution and fine particle pollution. Today, some 37 different battery-powered, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicle models are available in California.

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US DRIVE releases comprehensive cradle-to-grave analysis of light-duty vehicle GHGs, cost of driving and cost of avoided GHGs

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The US DRIVE Cradle-to-Grave Working Group has published the “Cradle-to-Grave Lifecycle Analysis of US Light-Duty Vehicle-Fuel Pathways: A Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Economic Assessment of Current (2015) and Future (2025–2030) Technologies” Argonne National Lab Report. Light-Duty Vehicle-Fuel Pathways: A Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Economic Assessment of Current (2015) and Future (2025-2030) Technologies” ANL/ESD-16/7.

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California ARB awards $7M for ultra-low NOx heavy-duty diesel truck demo project with Achates opposed-piston engines

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The California Air Resource Board (CARB) is awarding $7 million to CALSTART to develop a Class 8 truck that will achieve a 90% reduction in NO x along with a 15-20% fuel efficiency improvement. The project will build and install diesel-fueled two-stroke compression-ignition Achates Power Opposed-Piston Engines into Class 8 demonstration trucks that will be road-road ready in 2019 and operate in fleet service in California in 2020. California’s ultra-low NO x emissions standard is 0.02

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California Energy Commission to award up to $29.9M to hydrogen refueling infrastructure projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) will award up to $29.9 million to projects to develop hydrogen refueling infrastructure in California ( PON-13-607 ). All projects funded under this solicitation must support the future deployment of FCVs and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles (HICEVs). The T40 nomenclature is from the proposed, draft SAE International J2601 standard. The T20 nomenclature is included in the proposed SAE International J2601 standard.

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California state fleet reduces petroleum consumption 13% compared to 2003

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The California state fleet has reduced its petroleum consumption by 13% compared to a 2003 baseline, according to a state progress report. The California Action Plan for Reducing or Displacing the Consumption of Petroleum Products by the State Fleet was submitted to the Legislature and the Governor in 2010 as a crucial step in meeting the reduction goal. In 2012, the DGS directed State agencies to order solar reflective colors when they acquire new light-duty vehicles.

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Oshkosh runs diesel series-hybrid light concept vehicles in 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

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The Oshkosh Extreme Racing team Light Concept Vehicle (LCV) M2. Oshkosh Corporation ran two Light Concept Vehicles (LCV) through the 43 rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race course in Mexico, 18-20 November; one crossed the finish line of the 1,061-mile desert course. —Sal Fish, SCORE International’s President and CEO, which has sanctioned and produced the event since 1975. Click to enlarge.

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California ARB staff considering including alternative jet fuel in Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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The staff of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff is considering including alternative jet fuel (AJF) in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). In 2009, the ARB approved the LCFS regulation to reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuel used in California by at least 10% by 2020 from a 2010 baseline. Synthesized Kerosene with Aromatics Derived by Alkylation of Light Aromatics from Non-Petroleum Sources (SPK/A); maximum blend 50%.

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Lux: California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard will become a global phenomenon; carbon intensity, not volume

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California’s approach to transportation fuel policy—its Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)—will become a global phenomenon, suggests Lux Research. A full agnostic approach brings to light opportunities along the entire value chain, such as the choice of power, supplemental chemicals, and even forms of transporting the fuel to its final destination, creating opportunities for other types of businesses in a space that has been predominantly geared towards dedicated fuel producers.

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Cummins CTO John Wall receives California’s premier air quality award

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is one of the three recipients of the 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards , California’s premier award recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving air quality. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) cited Dr. Wall for his leadership role in the development and implementation of all the major technology advancements ultimately leading to the near-zero levels of emissions of particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen from engines.

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Southern California Edison introduces clean energy proposal to meet state’s climate, air quality goals; >7M EVs (24%) by 2030

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Southern California Edison has proposed an integrated strategic framework for the state of California to meet its ambitious climate and air quality goals. California environmental goals include reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030 and by 80% by 2050, as well as reducing nitrogen oxides (NO x ) and other health-harming pollutants in areas of the state with the highest levels of air pollution by 2032.

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UQM Technologies to Supply Electric Propulsion Systems to Electric Vehicles International

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UQM Technologies has completed an agreement with Electric Vehicles International LLC ( EVI ), a California-based electric vehicle company, to supply upgraded UQM PowerPhase 150kW electric propulsion systems for use in EVI’s new all-electric medium-duty truck, the EVI MD and the all-electric walk-in van, the EVI WI. The company manufactures vehicles ranging from two-person light-duty vehicles to medium-duty Class 6 trucks.

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Snapshot of the California Zero Emission Vehicle program credit balances

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Automakers’ California ZEV credit balances as of 1 October 2011. As part of a Board-directed effort to provide greater transparency to interested stakeholders, the staff of the California Air Resources Board has posted production data from large- and intermediate-volume automakers beginning in model year 2009 and their Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) credit balances in 2010 on its website. Thanks to the Prius (AT PZEV category), Toyota has a large credit bank. Data: ARB.

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ICCT-sponsored study of in-use testing of 3 Tier2-Bin5, CA LEV-II light-duty diesels finds wide variation of emissions against the limits

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In-use testing of three light duty diesel vehicles—certified to US-EPA Tier2-Bin5 and California LEV-II ULEV emissions limits— found a wide variation in real world emissions performance relative to the regulatory limits. The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) contracted with the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions at West Virginia University to conduct in-use testing of three light-duty diesel vehicles (two 2.0L

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UC Berkeley study concludes demand reduction policies on light-duty vehicles essential to meeting GHG reduction targets by 2050

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Average per capita light-duty vehicle (LDV) transport CO 2. A team from the University of California, Berkeley concludes that reducing demand for light-duty vehicle (LDV) travel will likely be essential to meeting the international greenhouse gas emission and climate targets for the year 2050. We have quantified the need for complementary policies required to achieve global climate targets in the light-duty vehicle sector.

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GM will focus its electrification strategy on light electrification, extended range, and battery-electric vehicle technologies; major focus on the plug; preview of the Spark EV

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GM will focus its vehicle electrification efforts on three main technologies: light electrification, currently manifested in the eAssist systems; extended range electric vehicles (EREVs) such as the Chevrolet Volt; and battery electric vehicles (BEVs), such as the soon-to-be-introduced Spark EV. The electric boost allows us to do interesting things and get better fuel economy than you would normally think about for such light electrification.

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Northern Lights Energy and Reva Electric Car Company Sign Agreement to Develop the Electric Vehicle Market in Iceland

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Northern Lights Energy ( NLE ), the initiator of the 2012 charging infrastructure project and provider of infrastructure and services for electric vehicles (EV) based in Iceland, has signed an agreement with Reva Electric Car Company to jointly develop the electric vehicle market in Iceland. In addition to importing new EV models to Iceland, NLE is also working on developing systems to convert the current internal combustion engine (ICE) car fleet into electric cars. The REVA NXR.

Los Angeles Auto Show 2021 debuts electric vehicles from Nov 19-28 

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The LA Auto Show features also first-time exhibitors such as EdisonFuture (light-duty electric vehicles), Electra Meccanica (SOLO EV), Molnar (Molnar flying race car), Sondors (electric bikes), etc. Los Angeles Auto Show 2021 debuts electric vehicles from Nov 19-28 .

Report argues advanced HD natural gas vehicles foundational for California to hit air and climate goals; near zero-emission potential

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Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), a consulting firm specializing in market development for low emission and alternative fuel vehicle technologies, infrastructure, and fuels for both on- and off-road applications, released a report examining the critical role that ultra-low-emission heavy-duty (HD) natural gas engines can play in helping California achieve its air quality, climate protection and petroleum-displacement goals.

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Southern California Cities Future-Proof Their Communities with EV Charging Infrastructure

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California leads the way in the United States as more than 4% of its automotive fleet is electric. That is the same for three notable cities in Southern California, where over 90% of Californians breathe unhealthy level of one or more air pollutants during some part of the year.

California releases summary of Advanced Clean Car Rules: GHG, ZEV, LEV III and Clean Fuel Outlets

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a summary of its proposed Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) regulation package ( earlier post ), which establishes stringent new emissions standards for light duty vehicles from 2015 through 2025. Separately, the US DOT and EPA released their joint proposal to set stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards for Model Year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light trucks.

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Wireless charging J2954 testing to 11 kW in 2017 for LD, HD starting up to 250 kW; autonomous charging and infrastructure proposal for California

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SAE International is working to ensure that electric vehicle wireless power transfer systems from diverse manufacturers will interoperate seamlessly with each other to prepare for commercialization in 2020. In addition, eight OEMs have light-duty vehicle testing planned to begin in third quarter for WPT 1-3 which is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

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FEV Showcased Partner and Internal Advanced Hybrid Development Projects at SAE World Congress; Demonstrations of Capability

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped by the FEV booth to see the H3 ReEV after his remarks at the SAE 2009 World Congress opening ceremony. FEV’s internal development project converting a Dodge Caliber to a full ReEV was designed to demonstrate its full spectrum of capabilities in hybrid engineering. This hydraulic hybrid technology can be applied to light-duty trucks, SUVs and heavy-duty urban vehicles such as city transit buses and refuse trucks.

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California ARB Commissions Lotus Engineering for Second Stage of Study on Lightweight Vehicles

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Lotus Engineering has been commissioned by the California Air Resources Board of California to undertake the second stage of a study investigating efficient, lightweight vehicles manufactured using lighter, stronger materials. For 62 years, Lotus has been a proponent and leader of the ‘performance through light weight’ engineering.

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ICF report finds California Low Carbon Fuel Standard can be achieved with modest changes in diversity of fuels

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The requirements of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) can be achieved through modest changes in the diversity of transportation fuels supplied to California, according to a report of the first phase of a two-phase, year-long project assessing the economic and environmental impacts of compliance with California’s LCFS out to 2020. —Philip Sheehy, analyst for ICF International. 10% of California’s natural gas consumption) are feasible.

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California ARB mods to ZEV regulations for IVMs would result in ~1.9% drop in total ZEV/TZEV units 2018-2025; no impact on air quality requirements

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Early in September, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced it would consider in a 23-24 October meeting amendments to the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation that would modify the requirements for intermediate volume manufacturers (IVMs) selling into the state to allow them more time to come into the market. Its goal was and is to reduce the environmental impact of light-duty vehicles through the gradual introduction of ZEVs into the California fleet.

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California ARB soliciting research suggestions for FY 2012-2013 plan; sustainable communities, behavior, pollutant exposure, air pollution science, GHG targets

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is soliciting research suggestions for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Annual Research Plan in the form of brief conceptual descriptions that address specified research gaps and support the Board’s ongoing regulatory and policy priorities. Proposed research should address policy-relevant knowledge gaps important to ARB’s mission and must clearly delineate potential benefits to the State of California.

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California Energy Commission awards $9.6M to 8 projects on electric vehicles, natural gas and biofuels

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The California Energy Commission has approved eight grants that leverage more than $9.6 Assembly Bill 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007) created the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. If used in a light duty passenger vehicle, the powertrain will cut emissions by the same percent as it displaces 575 gallons of petroleum yearly.

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CARB adopts “smog-check” regulation for heavy-duty trucks and buses

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The California Air Resources Board approved a smog-check regulation for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. While these heavy-duty vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds comprise only 3% of all vehicles on California roads, they are responsible for more than 50% of nitrogen oxides and fine particle diesel pollution from all mobile sources in the state.

CARB approves Heavy-Duty Low NOx Omnibus Regulation; to cut NOx 90%

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The California Air Resources Board has approved a multi-pronged regulation that will significantly reduce NO x emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks. Once it is fully phased in by 2031, the rule is expected to reduce NO x emissions in California by more than 23 tons per day.

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Study finds no alternative to widespread switching of direct fuel uses to electricity to meet 2050 California GHG targets; putting detail in climate wedges

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Emission reduction wedges for California in 2050. Technically feasible levels of energy efficiency and decarbonized energy supply alone will not be sufficient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, according to a detailed modeling of the California economy performed by a team from Energy and Environmental Economics, the Monterey. Institute of International Studies, University of. California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National.

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Washington state legislature considering bill mandating all-electric LDVs after MY 2030

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The bill, HB 1204 / SB 5256 , requires all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington State to be electric. Since the bill was introduced last year as the first-of-its-kind in the US to set a deadline for the transition to EVs, California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have announced 2035 targets for ending sales of new internal combustion engined cars.

UGI and Vertimass in 15-year agreement to produce renewable fuels in the US and Europe; $500M investment; propane and SAF

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UGI Corporation has entered into a 15-year agreement with California-based technology developer Vertimass to utilize their catalytic technology to produce renewable fuels from renewable ethanol in the US and Europe.

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. EPA and NHTSA worked closely with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) in developing an Interim Joint Technical Assessment Report (TAR) of potential 2017-2025 scenarios.

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So Cal Edison receives eCascadia electric Class 8 truck; first utility in the US

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Southern California Edison (SCE) is the US’ first utility to receive and to test the eCascadia, the Freightliner Class 8 electric truck ( earlier post ).

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