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.

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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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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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US new light-duty diesel sales dropped slightly in 2016 to 280,000 units from 300,000 in 2015

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The US added more than 280,000 new diesel passenger vehicles across the country in 2016, with Texas, California and Florida having the highest numbers of diesel vehicles, according to a Diesel Technology Forum analysis of the latest Vehicles in Operation (VIO) data compiled by IHS Automotive (December 2016). The number of diesel car, SUV, full-size pickup trucks and vans in operation reached 8 million in 2016. Eight of the Top 10 fastest growth states were in the East.

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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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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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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.

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%.

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.

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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EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines. Diesel-powered engines move approximately 90% of the nation’s freight tonnage, and today nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.

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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.

Thomas Built Buses Receives First Major Order for School Buses with SCR Technology

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American Bus Sales and Service is the Thomas Built Buses dealer for Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Each of the buses seats up to 90 students. Thomas Built Buses is the leading manufacturer of school buses in North America, with more than one third of the market. is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer on the continent and a leading manufacturer of Class 4–8 vehicles.

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.

US NOx Cap and Trade Program Lowers Smog Levels in Eastern United States

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The program contributed to improvements in air quality in 97% of nonattainment areas in the east, with 85% of these areas now below the smog standard. This flexibility and an active NO x allowance market have led to near perfect compliance since the start of the program in 2003.

EPA Awards $16.8M in Recovery Act Funds to Clean Up Underground Petroleum Leaks

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million in Recovery Act Funds for four states and the District of Columbia to assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks. This money is part of $197 million appropriated under the Recovery Act to address shovel-ready sites nationwide contaminated by petroleum from leaking underground storage tanks. The US Environmental Protection Agency announced another $16.8

DOE announces 16 projects to accelerate adoption of EVs, 7 projects to prepare college students for careers in advanced vehicle field

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The US Department of Energy announced 16 projects supporting activities in 24 states and the District of Columbia to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in communities across the nation, and 7 additional projects in seven states to help prepare college students for careers designing and building advanced vehicle technologies. DOE announced the availability of funding for these projects in February and April 2011.

Quallion Selects Palmdale, Calif. For New Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing Facility

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Quallion LLC, a leading developer of customized lithium ion batteries, has selected Palmdale, Calif., million in incentives have been offered to Quallion by the City of Palmdale for the development of the facility. Proposed incentives include tax credits, fee waivers and the sale of 9.65 acres of land in the Fairway Business Park for the price of $1. as the location for a new $220 million battery manufacturing plant. Earlier post.) More than $10.6

Gallup poll finds Americans’ worries about environmental threats easing

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As in the past, Americans expressed the greatest worry about pollution of drinking water, and the least about global warming. Gallup trends on many of these items stretch back more than two decades. The current level of worry on each issue remains at or near those record lows.

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Honda selects environmental consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates to support market development for Civic Natural Gas in new US markets

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GNA will collaborate with Honda to market the Civic Natural Gas sedan in 19 states spanning the Mid-West to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions including the District of Columbia. Purchase incentives currently pending under legislation HR 1380, the NAT GAS Act, would create an even more favorable scenario for the purchase of NGVs with tax credits for vehicle and fuel purchases as well as fleet or home refueling stations.

State Insurance Regulators Adopt Climate Risk Disclosure Requirement for Insurance Companies

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), a voluntary organization of the chief insurance regulatory officials of all fifty US states, the District of Columbia, and five US territories, has adopted a mandatory annual Climate Risk Disclosure Survey for all insurance companies with annual premiums of $US500 million or more, with the first surveys due next year.

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