California and 16 states sue EPA over emissions rules

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California, along with 16 other states and the District of Columbia, have formally launched a long-anticipated lawsuit against EPA over its proposed rollback of emissions rules for 2022 through 2025, according to a new report in the Washington Post.

Nine states and DC to design regional approach to cap greenhouse gas emissions from transportation

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A coalition of nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia announced their intent to design a new regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion of transportation fuels, and invest proceeds from the program into low-carbon and more resilient transportation infrastructure. The work of TCI is facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center.

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Electrify America collaborating with nine additional companies to host more than 30 ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations

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The companies, ranging from popular grocery store chains to retail shopping centers, will help expand the availability of electric vehicle DC fast charging for customers who drive or are considering purchasing an EV. More than 20 of the new charging sites will be located in California. The chargers are also compatible with many of today’s electric vehicles that are capable of charging at speeds up to 150kW.

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DOE: California had highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population in US in 2015: 4.68 PEVs/1,000 people

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In 2015, only five states had more than two plug-in vehicles (PEVs) registered per 1,000 people, according to figures compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE). California had the highest concentration of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with 4.68

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DOE: California had the highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population in 2016

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In 2016, California had the highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population with 6.65 PEVs per 1,000 people, according to figures from the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Rutgers study: facial and head injuries from electric scooters “a rising epidemic”

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The study, published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology , analyzed records in the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance system between 2008 and 2017 to determine the types and frequency of head and facial injuries resulting from motorized scooters. The incidence of motorized scooter related craniofacial trauma is rising, resulting in thousands of ED visits annually.

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Electrify America, Walmart complete >120 ultra-fast charging stations at Walmart Stores

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Chargers at this power can charge a vehicle at speeds of up to 20 miles of range per minute. Electrify America’s continued collaboration with Walmart is expected to make the retailer one of the largest retail hosts of electric vehicle charging stations across the United States, and reinforces Walmart’s broader mission to spark collective action—alongside key partners—to drive environmental sustainability and provide customers access to sustainable options.

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Electrify America launches EV charging app, membership options; plans ~20% price reduction off current rates

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The Locate a Charger feature shows you the charging stations in your area, how many of each type of charger are at the station, and which ones are currently available. Members will receive an additional discount off of the standard pricing.

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NHTSA survey finds 660,000 drivers while driving at any given daylight moment using cell phones or electronic devices

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The new data are being released at the start of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Driver use of electronic devices, 2002-2011. All three reports are being highlighted in the premier issue of NHTSA’s SAFETY 1N NUM3ERS online monthly auto safety newsletter.

Colorado Air Quality Control Commission approves low emission vehicle standards beginning in 2022 model year

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The Air Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment proposed the adoption of the LEV standards in response to Gov. Hickenlooper’s 19 June Executive Order , “Maintaining Progress on Clean Vehicles,” which directed the department to develop a rule to establish a Colorado LEV program incorporating the requirements of the California LEV program. These states now make up nearly 40% of the new automobile market.

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Latest generation diesels power 36% of US commercial trucks

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Thirty-six percent of all commercial diesel trucks on US roads are now powered by the newest generation of diesel technologies (MY 2011 and newer), up from 30% in 2016 and 25.7% in 2015, according to analysis by the Diesel Technology Forum of operation data from 2017 of vehicles (GVW 3-8) provided by IHS Markit. Some states have the new diesel technology in more than two-thirds of their fleets.

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About 1/3 of Class 3-8 trucks in US equipped with advanced cleaner diesel engines

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About one-third of all medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks registered in the United States (2.9 million of 8.8 The data includes total registration information on Class 3-8 trucks from 2007 through 2013 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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US diesel car registrations increased by 24% from 2010-2012, hybrids up 33%

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The national registration information includes data for all types of passenger vehicles—cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans—in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from 1 January 2010 through 31 December 2012. Diesel car and SUV registrations increased from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 at the end of 2012—a 24.34 Some analysts predict diesel sales will reach 10 percent of the US market by 2020.

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CARB proposes amending California LEV III Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulation to maintain stringency if US standards change

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Recognizing the value of a national program to reduce greenhouse gases from light-duty vehicles, California had earlier accepted compliance through its “deemed to comply” option with greenhouse gas standards adopted by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 2012 through 2025 model years. Currently, 12 other states and the District of Columbia have adopted California’s greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles.

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Cadillac embarks on first hands-free cross-country highway drive with Super Cruise

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Cadillac embarked on its first official hands-free drive on freeways from one side of the country to the other, using Super Cruise technology. A group of stakeholders and media will put the power of Super Cruise technology to the test in twelve Super Cruise-equipped Cadillac CT6 vehicles, which departed from Cadillac House in New York City and will travel to Los Angeles, California.

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Delphi automated vehicle completes coast-to-coast drive

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Nearly 3,400 miles (5,472 km) were covered with 99% of the drive in fully automated mode. The team collected nearly three terabytes of data—about 30% of all of the printed material in the Library of Congress. The nine-day trip crossed 15 states and the District of Columbia.

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AT&T deploys 8,000th CNG vehicle; one of the largest corporate CNG fleets in US

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AT&T recently deployed its 8,000 th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle, achieving a major milestone in the company’s overall 10-year, $565-million commitment to add approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) to its fleet by end of year 2018.

EIA: California home to almost half of US plug-in electric vehicles

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Total US sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)—battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric—have increased in recent years, but still represent only about 0.7% of new vehicle sales in 2014 so far, up from 0.6%

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Wilmington Trust selected as trustee for $2.7B Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust

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The $2.7-billion trust, established as part of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions settlement, will be used to implement approved air pollution mitigation initiatives in US states and federally-recognized Native American nations. Wilmington Trust was selected as trustee because of its extensive experience providing trust, custody, escrow, and investment management services to public entities, including state governments and Native American tribes. Wilmington Trust, N.A.

Petroleum and refiners organizations file suit to reverse EPA’s second partial waiver for E15

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The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the International Liquid Terminals Association and the Western States Petroleum Association have filed a lawsuit with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn a recent decision by the Environmental Protection Agency authorizing blends up to E15 for newer-model vehicles.

US added almost 330K new diesel cars and SUVs in 2015

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increase in the number of registered diesel cars and SUVs in 2015, according to a Diesel Technology Forum analysis of the latest Vehicles in Operation (VIO) data compiled by IHS Automotive. Texas was number one in the nation in total number of registered diesel vehicles ahead of California, Florida, Washington and Pennsylvania. The total number of diesel car, SUV, full-size pickup trucks and vans in operation reached 7.7

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Volvo Group ordered by US Court to pay $74.3M in penalties in diesel emission case

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that the Volvo Group should pay penalties and interest of approximately SEK 508 million (US$74.3 million) following a dispute between the Volvo Group and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding NO x emission compliance of diesel engines. This is expected to have a negative impact on the Group’s operating income of approximately SEK 440 million (US$64.3

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6 biofuel trade associations file motion to intervene in API suit challenging EPA RFS2 cellulosic biofuel requirements

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Six biofuel trade associations have filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to intervene in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) 2012 final rule being challenged by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The case is in the Fourth Circuit, District of Columbia, Nº 12-1139, American Petroleum Institute v. In reliance on the continued stability of the RFS.

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New passenger vehicle diesel registrations in US up 11.5%, hybrids up 65% from 2010-2013; diesel 2.5x hybrids

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New registrations of all types of diesel passenger vehicles—passenger cars, light-duty trucks, vans, SUVs and heavy-duty pickup trucks (> 8,500lbs gvwr)—increased 11.5% (from 6,337,460 units to 7,068,439), and registrations of hybrid-electric passenger vehicles increased 65% (from 1,717,601 units to 2,826,885) from 2010 through 2013, according to a new analysis and supporting data released by the Diesel Technology Forum. times those of diesel cars and SUVs.

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EPA proposes to include Southern Maine in the Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program

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EPA is proposing , at the request of the State of Maine, to require the sale of reformulated gasoline ( RFG ) in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln counties in southern Maine starting in June 2015. RFG is currently used in 17 states and the District of Columbia. About 30% of gasoline sold in the US is reformulated. The Maine legislature subsequently postponed the requirement for sale of RFG until 1 June 2015.

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EPIC: state-level renewable electricity mandates increase electricity prices up to 17% over 12 years; cost more expensive than benefit

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RPS programs, which require that a certain percentage of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources, currently cover 64 percent of the electricity sold in the United States. A new study analyzing data from the 29 states and District of Columbia with mandatory RPS policies finds that the policies come at a high cost to consumers and are inefficient in reducing carbon emissions. On the other side of the ledger, RPS programs increase renewable generation.

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California approval for THINK electric vehicle

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Approval from the board means that the company can now sell the THINK City in California and 12 other states and the District of Columbia, all of which have adopted California’s zero emission vehicle requirements. [.]. The THINK City electric vehicle has received official classification as a zero emissions vehicle from the California Air Resources Board.

NHTSA projects 7.7% increase in US traffic fatalities for 2015 year-on-year; significant increase in motorcyclist and non-occupant deaths

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A just-released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistical projection of traffic fatalities for 2015 estimates that 35,200 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of about 7.7%

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Exelon to provide financing for 21MW of Bloom Energy SOFC projects at 75 commercial facilities

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Exelon Corporation will provide equity financing for 21 megawatts (MW) of Bloom Energy solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) projects at 75 commercial facilities in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Exelon’s partnership with Bloom Energy builds upon the distributed generation business of Exelon subsidiary Constellation, a leading competitive retail supplier of energy products and services serving more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 100.

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EPA approves emergency gasoline fuel waivers for 16 states and DC

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act temporarily to waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for gasoline sold and distributed in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, District of Columbia, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Electrify America launches first mobile app, new membership options and new power-level pricing structure

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Electrify America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America that is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access, has launched its first mobile app; a new pricing structure; and two new membership plans to help increase electric vehicle adoption. Electrify America also is introducing power-level pricing, an all-new pricing structure developed to support EVs capable of charging at faster speeds.

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Gallup poll finds Americans split on energy vs. environment trade-off

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A new Gallup poll has found that 47% of Americans say production of energy supplies should be prioritized , while 44% says environmental protection should be; this is a closer division than last year, when energy led by 50% to 41%.

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Biofuel groups seek to intervene in support of RFS2 in challenge filed by Monroe Energy

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Biofuel groups the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Growth Energy, and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to intervene in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) 2013 final rule, which is currently being challenged by Monroe Energy, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

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Nissan Announces Dates for US LEAF EV Tour

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The Nissan LEAF Zero Emission Tour will make stops in 22 cities, in 11 states, the District of Columbia, and Vancouver, Canada, offering the opportunity for interested drivers, media, civic partners, businesses and university students to learn more about the Nissan LEAF and the benefits of zero-emission driving. The Nissan LEAF all-electric car will make its North American debut in Los Angeles on 13 Nov.

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EPA Begins Awarding $88.2M to All 50 States and DC for Diesel Emissions Reduction

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million divided equally through a noncompetitive allocation process to all 50 states and the District of Columbia, all of which will receive about $1.73 The funds were provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA), signed by President Obama on 17 February, and can be used to support clean diesel projects and loan programs to address the nation’s existing fleet of more than 11 million diesel engines.

Gallup poll: 46% of Americans attribute this past warm winter to natural variation, 30% to global warming

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A new Gallup poll has found that 79% of Americans agree that this winter has been warmer than usual in their local area; 46% attribute the cause to normal year-to-year variation in temperatures, while 30% attribute it to global warming. More than nine in 10 of those living in the East (92%) and Midwest (95%) say this winter was warmer than usual, compared with 77% in the South and 55% in the West.

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CARB Approves THINK City as Type II ZEV

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The approval paves the way for THINK to sell the all-electric THINK City in California, 12 other states and the District of Columbia that have adopted California’s ZEV requirements. The THINK City has a range of 100 miles, which meets CARB’s Type II ZEV Tier requirements, and uses an advanced lithium-ion battery developed by Ener1. THINK plans to roll out retail distribution in select cities in the second half of 2011.

Nissan and Reliant Energy Partner on EVs

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Nissan and Reliant Energy of Houston, Texas, one of the major competitive electricity providers in the nation, are collaborating to advance electric mobility in the United States. Reliant is a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. one of the largest electricity generators in the United States. The companies will work to coordinate the establishment of policies and help streamline charging infrastructure deployment.

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Preliminary approval of VW 2.0L TDI settlement program in US

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Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement reached on 28 June with private plaintiffs represented by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims regarding eligible Volkswagen and Audi 2.0L Individual class members will now receive notification of their rights and options under the agreement. Judge Charles R.

The EV Project Expands to Texas; Overall Value of Charging Infrastructure Project Now at $230M

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announced its second expansion of The EV Project, resulting in a charging infrastructure network in sixteen cities located in six states—Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas—as well as the District of Columbia. Overall, The EV Project will include the manufacture and installation of more than 15,000 chargers in residential and public locations throughout the United States. ECOtality, Inc.

Freightliner Inspiration truck receives autonomous vehicle licensing from Nevada DMV

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The Highway Pilot links together a set of camera technology and radar systems with lane stability, collision avoidance, speed control, braking, steering and other monitoring systems. Nevada legislation passed in 2011 and 2013 regulates the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles.

IIHS: Speed limit increases in US caused 33,000 deaths over 20 years

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In 2013 alone, the increases resulted in 1,900 additional deaths, essentially canceling out the number of lives saved by frontal airbags that year. That number is approximately equal to the nationwide annual tally of fatalities during recent years.

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SEPTA, Constellation, and Viridity Energy to deploy 8.75MW energy storage system to capture and reuse subway train braking energy

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An 8.75MW battery storage network which will capture and reuse the energy created by braking subway cars will help Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) reduce operating costs, ensure energy resiliency, and support the stability of the electrical grid.

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