NREL releases comprehensive vision for deep decarbonization of transportation

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a comprehensive vision for deeply decarbonizing transportation. The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for about 28% of total carbon emissions.

JRC publishes recommendation for the collection and recycling of light-EV batteries

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A study recently published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center assesses how best to identify at the European level an additional fifth category of batteries—those used for Light Means of Transport (LMT) such as e-bikes and similar new products—which would ensure their appropriate collection and recycling. With a potentially significant volume of waste expected in the future, this might affect the collection and recycling stages for these batteries.

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Greenlots and Volvo Trucks partner on first installation of chargers for Volvo LIGHTS electrified trucking project

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The open standards-based charging approach built into Greenlots' platform enables Volvo to future-proof its investments in the charging infrastructure. We’re excited to be part of the development of a battery-electric transport eco-system along with our Volvo LIGHTS project partners.

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Groupe Renault changes China strategy: light commercial vehicles and electric passenger cars

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Groupe Renault is setting a new strategy for China, based on Electric Vehicles (EV) and Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV). Further development for Renault brand passenger cars will be detailed later within the future new mid-term-plan Renault.

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National labs M2FCT researchers outline prospects and challenges for hydrogen fuel-cells in heavy-duty transportation

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The M 2 FCT team outlined the current and future prospects and challenges of hydrogen fuel cells for heavy-duty vehicles, including trucks, buses, trains, and marine applications, in a recent Nature Energy study. 2021) “New roads and challenges for fuel cells in heavy-duty transportation.”

New UK study to explore feasibility for dynamic wireless charging for commercial transport

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It is an 11-month study that is being led by Coventry City Council with WPD and other partners including, Cenex; Coventry University; Hubject; Midlands Connect; National Express; Transport for West Midlands; and Electreon.

Siemens developing intelligent transportation technology using traffic light timing systems and mobile phones

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Siemens Intelligent Traffic Solutions is developing intelligent transportation technology for the fast and orderly evacuation of citizens. In this project, traffic light timing systems estimate the number of vehicles by registering Bluetooth signals emitted by the drivers’ cell phones and adjust the phases of red and green light accordingly. In an emergency, the system can centrally control all traffic lights. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS

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CALSTART brief highlights growth of and future opportunity for California’s clean transportation technology industry

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A new CALSTART brief indicates that California’s climate and energy policies are not only helping to protect the environment and improve air quality, but are also helping to accelerate growth of the clean transportation technology industry (CTTI) in the state. According to the report, the chief threat to the future growth of the clean transportation industry is the possibility of a change in policy or direction.

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ICCT makes recommendations for post-Euro 6 light duty vehicle emissions standards

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The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)—an independent nonprofit organization founded to provide unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators—has pitched a paper into the pre-regulations mix. The paper highlights issues and limitations of the current standards; compares them to current and future regulations in other parts of the world; and makes policy recommendations for light-duty post-Euro 6 standards.

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IHS Markit: GM announcement latest sign that peak gasoline demand from light vehicles has already come and gone

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The recent announcement by GM that it aspires to phase out sales of oil-powered light vehicles (LVs) by 2035 ( earlier post )—part of a broader proposal to make the automaker a net-zero-carbon company—is a prominent signpost that oil demand from LVs has already peaked, according to a new analysis by Jim Burkhard and the IHS Markit Crude Oil Market Service. The GM announcement is a notable signpost on the road to decarbonization of road transportation.

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Volvo Cars brings Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert to the US

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Volvo Cars is partnering with Waycare Technologies to enable data from Volvo’s Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert to be shared anonymously with transportation municipalities and the popular Waze navigation app. First introduced in 2016 on 90 Series cars in Sweden and Norway, Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert now come as standard equipment on all model year 2021 Volvo cars sold in the US. Waycare has plans to expand to other areas in the future.

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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. Those policy options, when combined, could lead to a zero-carbon transportation system by 2045, while also improving equity, health and the economy. —“Driving California’s Transportation Emissions to Zero”.

Roskill: Niobium industry looking for a future beyond steel; Li-ion batteries a possibility

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The niobium industry is aware of these issues and already looking for a future beyond steel, Roskill notes. The maximum power output and minimum charging time of a lithium-ion battery depend on both ionic and electronic transport.

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Book Review: Public Transportation: A Children’s Book by Paul Comfort

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This 2020 children’s book presents a charming and informative history of motorized public transportation, from its origins in the U.S. almost 200 years ago to a look into the future. Public transportation interests me, too. A Look at the Future.

Gainesville and Connected Signals delivering real-time traffic signal data to reduce red-light crashes and improve fuel efficiency

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a provider of real-time, predictive traffic signal information, as part of the University of Florida Transportation Institute’s I-STREET testbed. I-STREET was created in partnership with Florida Depart of Transportation’s (FDOT) Connected Vehicle Initiative to test connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. This can be an issue when trying to determine which light a user is approaching.

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Government of Québec launches $6.7B 2030 Green Economy Plan; emphasis on transportation electrification

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The government is launching a major electrification project, mainly in the transport sector, but also in those of building heating and industrial activities. billion from the 2030 PEV implementation plan will be invested in the transportation sector, which alone accounts for more than 43% of Québec’s GHG emissions. Light trains, urban and school buses, taxis, cars and trucks will all be gradually electrified.

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Study suggests China urban passenger transport emissions could peak in 2030

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A team of researchers in China suggest that, in the context of promoting the use of clean fuel vehicles and increasing vehicle fuel efficiency, CO 2 emissions of China’s urban passenger transport sector could reach a peak of 225 MtCO 2 in 2030. If the mode share of public transport could further increase, the CO 2 emissions from the urban passenger transport sector in China are possible to peak at around 2020 with the emissions ranging from 171 to 214 MtCO 2.

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MIT and IEA reports take different views of the future of natural gas in transportation

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Although the reports both focus strongly on the increased use of natural gas in power generation, they also explore the likely impact of increased natural gas use on transportation. The MIT report, which is focused on the US, albeit within a global context, concludes that natural gas use in the transportation sector is likely to increase. MIT: leaning toward conversion for light-duty vehicles. mb/d, more than 12% of global oil demand in the road-transport sector in 2035.

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SAE New Energy Vehicle Forum: China’s focus on NEVs may have profound impact on future of transportation

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These include the increasingly problematic pollution and haze in cities; China’s projected increased reliance on imported oil; the need for rationalized multimodal transportation systems in ever more congested and space-limited cities; the growing dominance of the China auto market; and the desire to have China become the leader in the next generation of automotive technology, vehicles and mobility systems. China wants to lead a revolution in transportation, not follow.

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Volkswagen establishes VWAT subsidiary to bring autonomous driving to market; light commercial vehicles first target

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VWCV in Hanover is the leading brand within the Group for Autonomous Driving, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), and Transport-as-a-Service (TaaS). The aim is to establish an SDS as a standard module for all Group brands in future. This will make the brand for light commercial vehicles the first user of the SDS from Volkswagen Autonomy. Volkswagen AG has established Volkswagen Autonomy GmbH (VWAT GmbH) with headquarters in Munich and Wolfsburg.

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Audi launches Traffic Light Information V2I service in the US starting in Las Vegas

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Audi is the first manufacturer to launch Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology in the US, with the deployment of Traffic Light Information in select 2017 Audi A4, Q7 and allroad models in Las Vegas. The launch of this technology is another in a long list of firsts for Audi that have positioned us as the industry leader in connectivity solutions V2I applications and services like Traffic Light Information are essential components as we continue to move toward an autonomous future.

Electric Pedicabs - future for London's transport

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It's transport also belongs to the one of the most developed. The electric pedicabs would actually make the urban transport better and cleaner. This blog is not about promoting the pedicabs or pedicab industry but about making people's awareness of light weight electric vehicles and their contribution these could make to reduce CO2 emissions. London belongs to one of the largest cities in the world.

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MITEI releases report on 3-year study of future mobility; technological innovation, policies, and behavioral changes all needed; “car pride” an issue

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The report is the culmination of MITEI’s three-year Mobility of the Future study, which is part of MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change. Understanding the future of personal mobility requires an integrated analysis of technology, infrastructure, consumer choice, and government policy.

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Navigant Research: plug-in electric vehicles close to becoming leading alternative fuel platform, best positioned to lead future

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By 2030, annual PEV sales are estimated to be between 15% and 32% of the global light duty vehicle market, producing a global PEV population between 107 million and 190 million. This long-term growth is expected to be propelled by improving vehicle technology economics—a function of battery innovations, government transportation energy policies, oil price projections, and movements to price carbon.

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ExxonMobil expands participation in MIT Energy Initiative’s low-carbon research; Mobility of Future study

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Join MITEI’s Center for Energy Storage, which seeks to develop new energy storage technologies for use in renewables-heavy electric power systems, electricity-powered transportation, and other applications. The company’s membership in the Mobility Systems Center builds on its participation as a sponsor of MITEI’s Mobility of the Future study , which will be released in November.

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Volkswagen Group of America joins LIFT for automotive light-weighting research; first automotive OEM member

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VWGoA) has officially joined the LIFT (Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow) institute as a Silver Member to advance the group’s research into lightweight metals, therefore reducing the weight of future vehicles. Light-weighting is critical for the future of our vehicles, not only to improve on fuel economy, but also to help improve vehicle performance. LIFT’s efforts span the entire transportation supply chain from conception through design, development, and production.

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Virginia Tech Transportation Inst. investigating adaptive stop/yield traffic signs; part of connected vehicle research

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Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) are in the early stages of investigating the development of adaptive stop and yield traffic signs. Alexandria Noble is spearheading the proof of concept adaptive stop-yield study with funding from the US Department of Transportation and under direction of her adviser and project manager, Thomas A. Intersections involving physical signs have not yet been tested, nor have traffic lights.

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MIT researchers developing algorithms to predict more accurately which cars are likeliest to run red lights

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A paper describing work will be published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Half of the people killed in such accidents are not the drivers who ran the light, but other drivers, passengers and pedestrians, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They validated the two algorithms on more than 10,000 intersection approaches collected in Christiansburg, VA as part of the US Department of Transportation CICAS-V initiative.

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ExxonMobil predicts peak in light-duty vehicle liquid fuels ~2030, but ongoing role for oil in the mix

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The Outlook projects that global transportation-related energy demand will increase by close to 30% by 2040. At the same time, total miles traveled per year by cars, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and light trucks will increase about 60%, reaching about 14 trillion in 2040. As personal mobility increases, average new-car fuel economy (including SUVs and light trucks) will improve as well, rising from about 30 miles per gallon (7.83

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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. EPA and the US Department of Transportation announced a reestablishment of the MTE process in March 2017.

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NXP and partners launch European test drive to showcase the future of Communicating Cars

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and industry partners Siemens, Honda, and Cohda Wireless have launched a “ Communicating Cars ” test drive along the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Corridor across Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. The initiative will see roads across the three countries fitted with smart traffic lights and other intelligent road signs that are able to interact with connected vehicles and alert drivers to upcoming traffic jams and road hazards before they enter the field of vision.

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Maxwell supplying ultracapacitors for light rail braking energy recuperation system; 2.8% energy savings

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is supplying ultracapacitors for an energy-saving braking energy recuperation system that American Maglev Technology (AMT), is installing on light rail vehicles operated by the Portland, Oregon area’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet). Clockwise from upper left: ESS enclosure, power control unit and ultracapacitor modules. Source: TIGGER, Tri-Met. Click to enlarge. Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

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AMITRAN project developing CO2 assessment methodology for intelligent transport systems

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A new European project, AMITRAN , is developing a methodology to assess the impact of ICT (information and communication technologies) and ITS (intelligent transport systems) on CO 2 emissions from the transport sector. Objectives of the project include: Developing a CO 2 assessment methodology for ICT measures including multi-modal passenger and freight transport, taking into account the whole chain of effects from user behavior to CO 2 production (energy efficiency).

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Researchers forecast light-duty vehicle electricity use in 2050 considering electrification, autonomy and sharing: 13-26% of total demand

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Considering electrification, autonomy and sharing (the “Three Revolutions”), a team from Boston University and the University of California, Berkeley projects that electricity use from light duty vehicle (LDV) transport will likely be in the 570–1140?TWh The conventional Kaya identity used in transport energy and emissions forecasting considers vehicle miles travelled (VMT) and average energy density in kWh/mile to calculate total energy use.

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New “50 by 50” Commission seeks to halve US transportation energy use by 2050

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The Alliance to Save Energy has chartered a national commission of business, government and civil society leaders that will work together to develop a pathway and recommendations to reduce energy use in the US transportation sector by 50% by 2050 while meeting future mobility needs. We’re at a fascinating time in the transportation industry. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association.

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Studies indicate US population has fewer light duty vehicles and drives them less

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The findings from two recent studies by Dr. Michael Sivak at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute together suggest that the US now has—per person, per driver, and per household—fewer light-duty vehicles and that they are driven less than a decade ago. Part 2: Use Of Light-Duty Vehicles ”, Sivak examined recent trends in distances driven by light-duty vehicles in the US fleet for the period from 1984 through 2011.

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GM Unveils EN-V Concepts for Future Urban Mobility

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The three EN-V models unveiled in Shanghai represent three different characteristics that emphasize the nature of future transportation: Jiao (Pride), Miao (Magic) and Xiao (Laugh). Shanghai is expected to become one of the epicenters for the establishment of personal mobility solutions for the future, according to GM. For EN-V’s debut, GM had design teams around the world provide their vision of what future mobility will look like. The Jiao EN-V model.

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Big Science tools for clean transportation: neutron scattering at ORNL

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This begins an occasional series on “big science” tools hosted at US national laboratories that are being applied to support the development of technology innovations for clean transportation. National Transportation Research Center (NTRC). Another major difference is that the intensity of x-ray scattering increases with the electron density of a material; light elements such as hydrogen and lithium thus make very little contribution to scattering.

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Ford researchers: global light-duty CO2 regulatory targets broadly consistent with 450 ppm stabilization

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An analysis by researchers at Ford Motor Company Research and Advanced Engineering in Dearborn and Ford Forschungszentrum in Germany concludes that existing global light-duty vehicle CO 2 regulations through 2025 are broadly consistent with the light-duty vehicle (LDV) sector contributing to stabilizing CO 2 at an atmospheric concentration of approximately 450 ppm—a target often proposed in the literature as preventing dangerous climate change.

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ExxonMobil: diesel will surpass gasoline as the number one global transportation fuel by 2020

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Transportation fuel mix in millions of oil-equivalent barrels through 2020. Diesel will surpass gasoline as the number one transportation fuel worldwide by 2020 and continue to increase its share through 2040, according to ExxonMobil’s recently published Outlook For Energy: A View To 2040. The relative shift away from motor gasoline to diesel is driven by improving light-duty vehicle fuel economy and the growth in commercial transportation activity.

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Volkswagen Group’s new Future Tracks program targeting digitalization era in auto industry; “James 2025”

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At the Geneva Motor Show and now at the IT trade fair CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, Volkswagen Group executive management has begun to outline its “Future Tracks” program which will address, among other things, what Chairman of the Board of Management Prof. At the Geneva show, Winterkorn introduced the Future Tracks program by saying : Over the next few years, our industry will face one of the greatest upheavals since the invention of the automobile.

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ICCT working paper highlights benefits of current and emerging light-duty diesel technology; “promising pathway for compliance”

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The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), one of the organizations at the root of uncovering the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal ( earlier post ), has published a new analysis of developments and trends in advanced diesel engine technology. Then, just as light-duty diesels were finally gaining market share, the VW emissions testing scandal set diesels back once again.

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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. The MTE was agreed to because at the time, no agency had set emissions standards so far in the future; this, in turn, entailed some obvious uncertainties.

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