EU starts legal action against Germany, UK for failing to act on diesel emissions

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But now regulatory agencies in European countries have become caught up in the legal fallout from VW's emissions cheating. The European Union began legal action Thursday against Germany, the U.K., The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to numerous lawsuits against the German automaker in multiple countries. and five other nations. DON'T MISS: Every. Europe emissions lawsuit EU Volkswagen diesel scandal

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Tesla can look at owners' driving behavior any time; is that legal?

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It happens every so often: a driver claims that a car accelerated out of control just before it crashed into something or other. Only in the last 10 years have automakers had data to investigate the claims, usually from a "black box" that captures a car's most recent few seconds of operating information. Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has taken. telematics Tesla Motors Crashes plug-in cars black box state laws

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Good News For Tesla: AZ Bill Would Legalize Direct Sales As State Angles For Gigafactory

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That may be what''s happening in Arizona, where a new bill in the state legislature would legalize the direct-sales model of electric-car maker Tesla Motors--to the intense dismay of state car dealers who want it made

Tesla Wins Dealer Battle In MA: Direct Sales, Stores Are Legal

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In the state-by-state war between Tesla Motors and car-dealer associations, the electric-car maker has now added another victory to its tally. Massachusetts'' highest court ruled this week that the state dealer association does not have standing to sue Tesla for operating one of its company-owned stores there. The ruling by the state Supreme

EU to take legal action against UK for air pollution

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The European Commission has begun legal proceedings against the UK over its breach of air pollution laws, caused mainly by emissions from road transport.

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Where Can Tesla Legally Sell Cars Directly To You? State-By-State Map

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Every month, and often more frequently, a new story appears about the state-by-state battle between Tesla Motors and auto-dealer lobbyists. In some states, Tesla is permitted to sell its electric cars online, deliver them to customers, and open as many Tesla Store showrooms as it wants. DON''T MISS: Michigan Gov Snyder Signs Anti-Tesla Bill Called

EU Regulators Dilute New Emission Rules To Allow 2.1 Times The Legal Limits Until 2020

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The official press release from the European Union sounds as though Wednesday's vote on new emission-testing rules makes it tougher for automakers to cheat as Volkswagen admitted doing with its 2.0-liter diesel engines. Indeed, the new rules add on-road tests of emissions in real-world driving to those tests performed in laboratories on. Green EU Europe VW Volkswagen diesel scandal emissions nitrogen oxides regulation

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VW Bites Back: Doubts Diesel Whistleblower, Says Defeat Software Legal In Europe

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Another week brings more new stories on the diesel-emission cheating scandal that threatens to dig Volkswagen deeper into a ditch of its own making. Following reports in German newspapers late last week suggesting that the "defeat device" software was an "open secret" in VW's engine group, the company bit back yesterday. VW Group CEO Matthias. emissions VW VW Group Matthias Muller Volkswagen diesel scandal

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VW: Newest Diesel Engines Had No 'Defeat' Software, Legal In Europe

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One of the many complications of the VW diesel emission scandal is that the 482,000 affected cars in the U.S. encompass three different types of engine and emission-control system. In Germany, Volkswagen has investigated its newest generation of 2.0-liter diesel engines to find out if they too include the "defeat device" software that allowed the. EPA TDI VW Germany EU Volkswagen diesel scandal

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Superbus Electric 'Sports Bus' Now Road Legal, Ready For UAE

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superbus! Buses aren't normally the most exciting method of transport. Though popular in Europe, in the U.S. they're more often regarded as something to be avoided at all costs. Maybe we'd be more keen to ride the bus if it was a Superbus? It looks hugely cool for a start--like something straight out of a

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DeltaWing Technologies seeking OEM partners for street-legal DeltaWing passenger car

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released a rendering of an application of its DeltaWing aerodynamic and lightweight design architecture—currently competing in IMSA sports car road races in the form of the DeltaWing race car—as a street-legal, four-passenger car. DeltaWing Technologies Inc.

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Driving Nissan's Micra Minicar, Which We Can't Legally Do Any Other Time

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The smallest car Nissan sells in the U.S. is the Versa subcompact, which comes both as a sedan and the new 2014 Versa Note hatchback. But last week, we were able to drive the latest Nissan Micra, a high-volume car sold outside the States that''s an entire car class smaller. In Europe, the Micra is what''s called a "supermini"--we''d call it a

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Lucid electric car, 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel price, EU emissions legal action: Today's Car News

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Today, we have more details on Lucid Motors' upcoming electric car, pricing information on the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel, and a legal scuffle between the European Union and member nations over emissions standards. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Lucid Motors' electric "executive sedan" will be unveiled later this month. The base model. Today in Car News

Vintage Electric Car Gets New Life: As Street-Legal Tesla-Beater

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Forty years ago, in the midst of fuel crisis after fuel crisis, automakers large and small around the world came up with concept and limited-run electric cars that would, it was hoped, revolutionize city commuting. They didn’t. Powered by several thousand pounds of lead acid batteries, fitted with single-digit kilowatt motors, and with price

We Are Now Legal!!!

DIY Electric Car

EV Grinning, we have just completed our conversion from gas to electric, two weeks ago the Fiero passed it's safety test with no problems. We had the car licensed and plated the following week. We have had a few road tests, trying to find the actual range per charge.

Electric cars could sound like running water

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A ministry of transport panel is in the process of drawing up legal requirements for carmakers, and has invited comments from the public for a standard warning noise – prompting suggestions for automated verbal warnings, beeping, the sound [.]. Tags: Electric cars Hybrid cars Nissan electric hybrid japan legal noise sound The Japanese government could soon introduce legislation requiring electric and hybrid cars to make a minimum noise level.

Nations agree on global, legally binding treaty on mercury emissions: Minamata Convention on Mercury

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At the conclusion of the International Negotiating Committee on Mercury ( INC5 ) meeting in Geneva ( earlier post ), nations agreed on a global, legally-binding treaty to prevent mercury emissions and releases. The Committee, chaired by Fernando Lugris of Uruguay, will present the Convention text to the UNEP Governing Council for adoption next month.

Hidden annex reveals damning verdict on soy bean footprint

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NYC Rations Fuel, Jersey Makes 'Dyed Diesel' Legal In Sandy Aftermath

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New York City and Long Island today instituted temporary fuel rationing, with drivers only allowed to buy gasoline on alternate days. Starting at 6 am tomorrow, vehicles with odd numbers on their license plates can buy fuel on odd-numbered days; even numbers can buy on even-numbered days. The two counties on Long Island, Suffolk and Nassau, will

Uber App To Connect Riders And Drivers Now Legal In D.C., At Last

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Uber, a San Francisco-based startup company that provides on-demand private drivers to customers through its smartphone app, has had an especially bumpy ride since launching in Washington, D.C. in December 2011. But things are looking up now that the D.C. Council voted Tuesday to exempt Uber from the D.C. Taxicab Commission’s regulatory

EPA Wins Legal Battle Against Higher Ethanol Levels In Fuel

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The battle over the levels of ethanol in fuel may not have stopped just yet, but a decision by the U.S. Appeals Court will certainly weaken the challenge. Several groups, including grocery, auto and petroleum industry bodies filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency in November 2010, challenging a rule to allow higher concentrations

What will VW do with TDI diesel buyback cars? It's not what you think

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So what will the company do once it's legally taken possession of those vehicles, the first of close to half a million caught up in the VW diesel emission scandal? Within weeks, Volkswagen and Audi will starting buying back thousands of 2.0-liter diesel cars sold between 2009 and 2015.

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EEA: Air pollution in 10 EU countries still above legal limits; road transport and agriculture

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Air pollution from sources such as transport and agriculture is still being emitted above legal limits in 10 European Union (EU) Member States according to new data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Tesla mulls Federal suit over state franchise laws banning it from selling electric cars

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Coffins made by monks don't often figure into either legal decisions or the electric car industry, but they do at the moment. Its lawyers were inspired by a 2013 legal decision. Tesla Motors is weighing whether to sue in Federal court over various state franchise laws that prohibit it from selling Model S and Model X electric cars online to buyers. Green FTC New car sales Tesla Motors dealers plug-in cars sales state laws

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Tesla Underground: Texas Franchise Rules Make Model S Owners Skirt The Law

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Over the last couple of years, Tesla Motors has fought legal and legislative battles in a number of states over proposed or current state laws that try to stymie its unique factory-direct sales and service model.

Daimler denies DUH charges of emissions data rigging, says evaluating legal options

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that it had rigged emissions data, Daimler “ sharply ” denied the allegations and said that it was evaluating legal options pertaining to the approach taken and the public assertions made by the DUH. Our engines meet and adhere to every legal requirement. The technical programming of our engines adheres to all legal requirements. We have no knowledge of measurements that indicate our vehicles did not meet legally required standards.

Genovation’s GXE breaks street-legal all-electric land speed record: 205.6 mph

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Genovation broke the land speed record for a street-legal all-electric vehicle with the Genovation Extreme Electric car (GXE). The GXE reached 205.6 mph (330.88 km/h) during supervised tests with Johnny Bohmer Racing at Space Florida’s Shuttle Landing Facility in Kennedy Space Center, FL. The record was certified by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA). The previous record, which also was held by Genovation, stood at 186.8 mph (300.63 km/h).

Google's Electric, Autonomous Test Car Looks Happy, Has No Steering Wheel

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Which is either a good or bad thing, depending on how much you like cars that look like koala bears on a substance recently legalized in Colorado. This is probably not the car you''ll be whisked around cities in, in the future.

FTC Comes Out In Favor Of Tesla Direct Sales, Against Dealer-Backed Bans

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The ongoing fight between Tesla Motors and car dealers across the country has spilled from the headlines into the legal system, but so far, the outcome is far from certain. Will Tesla be allowed to sell its cars directly to consumers? Or is there some state interest in forcing Tesla into the dealer franchise model America''s major carmakers use

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Tesla takes it to Michigan, opens gallery in state that bans sales of its electric cars

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Tesla Motors is not legally allowed to sell its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan, thanks to subtle changes made two years ago to the state's franchise laws. But Tesla now has one store in the home state of the Detroit Three automakers. However, that location is only a "gallery" where consumers can look at cars, but can't buy. CHECK. dealers Michigan Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships

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Volkswagen bringing new board member for Integrity and Legal Affairs over from Daimler

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Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, currently Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Integrity and Legal Affairs, will move to Volkswagen AG in 2016 as Board Member for Integrity and Legal Affairs. She will join the Volkswagen Group as of 1 January 2016 as the Board Member for Integrity and Legal Affairs.

DeltaWing to develop GT race car concept; step toward street-legal DeltaWing sports car

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Expected to appear in 2015, this new DeltaWing Racing Cars project is a major step toward a street-legal two-seat DeltaWing sports car, the company said. DeltaWing Technology Group is beginning development of a DeltaWing GT race car concept.

Illegal VW Diesel Emissions: Tallying Public Health Damage

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Some of the affected models were found to emit up to 35 times the legal levels of nitrogen oxides. It's clear that the Volkswagen TDI diesel cars equipped with illegal "defeat device" software have contributed to a significant amount of extra air pollution. But how does that looks when viewed in terms of public health? DON'T MISS: Volkswagen. TDI VW health Volkswagen diesel scandal

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2014 Electric Motorcycles: Buyer's Guide

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This buyer''s guide focuses on street-legal, highway-ready motorcycles. Electric motorcycles are now ready for primetime, and this year''s selection shows that the pace of development is quick. There are many two-wheeled electric vehicles out there that are more properly considered scooters or dirt bikes, but this guide covers only motorcycles (plus

Fisker Fate Up In Air After Last-Minute Bid; Founders Sued As Well

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The fate of Fisker Automotive is back in court after a flurry of legal moves by various parties to the bankruptcy.

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Pro-Tesla States, Gas Mileage-Rules Threatened, Lit Motors C-1 Demo Video: Today's Car News

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We finish off the week with a look at where Tesla Motors can legally sell cars directly to customers, examine how dropping gas prices could impact impending Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules, and the Lit Motors C-1 electric motorcycle goes for a test run in a new video.

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Texas restores $2,500 electric-car purchase rebate, except for Teslas

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DON'T MISS: Tesla Loses Legal. Ah, Texas, the state that was formerly a nation and continues to do things slightly differently. Its politics is bare-knuckle, its hats are big, and so are its ranches. It also generates more renewable wind energy than any other state in the union. Its auto-dealer lobbyists, however, are equally large and powerful. Politics rebates dealers incentives Tesla Motors plug-in cars Texas state laws

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Continental calls for market-based adaptation of the legal framework to support autonomous driving

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International automotive supplier Continental is calling for a market-based adaptation of the legal framework for automated driving. Initial success in this regard was seen with the recent modification of the Vienna Convention, which established the legal foundations for partially automated driving. This has established the legal foundation for partially automated driving since control of the vehicle may now essentially be assumed by systems as well.

VW diesel cheating produced 1,200 premature deaths: MIT study

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The software routines allowed cars to pass emissions tests while still producing up to 35 times the legal limits of nitrogen oxides in real-world driving, setting off a scandal that is still being dealt. In September 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed Volkswagen's use of illegal "defeat device" software in its diesel cars.

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VW Dieselgate one year later: what have we learned about diesel cars?

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That software detected when the cars were undergoing laboratory tests, and kept their emissions within legal limits during. It's now a year and eight days since the EPA broke the news that Volkswagen had admitted to including "defeat device" software in almost half a million so-called "clean diesel" vehicles sold in the U.S. from 2009 through 2015. emissions EPA VW Volkswagen diesel scandal

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