CARB Fines Ford Nearly $3 Million for Non Compliance

CARB Fines Ford Nearly $3 Million for Non Compliance
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Ford has agreed to pay nearly $3 million in fines for violating air-quality laws. According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) this penalty relates to the sale of vehicles in the Golden State with non-compliant on-board diagnostics (OBD) systems . Continue Reading...

Ford C-MAX Energi Earns HOV-Lane Access

Ford C-MAX Energi Earns HOV-Lane Access
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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) just granted the all-new Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid access to Green Clean Air Vehicle Stickers, allowing drivers access to the state’s high-occupancy vehicle lanes. Continue Reading...

Lotus Lightens Toyota Venza for Drastically Better MPG

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Lotus Lightens Toyota Venza for Drastically Better MPG
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When Lotus isn’t engineering cool cars like the Evora, dealing with PR snafus, or worrying about whether or not it’s going to be sold in a few months, it takes on contract work to lighten vehicles for other firms. Continue Reading...

Zero Emissions Requirements Could Expand Beyond California

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Zero Emissions Requirements Could Expand Beyond California
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Consequently, there are concerns within the auto industry that given the sluggish demand, sales of zero emissions vehicles won’t grow fast enough to meet the mandated targets, meaning that automakers could risk facing hefty fines. Continue Reading...

California Rules 15% of Car Sales Must be Zero-Emissions by 2025

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California Rules 15% of Car Sales Must be Zero-Emissions by 2025
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Just when CAFE loosened standards and lowered from 56.5 MPG to 54 MPG by 2025, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has decided to propose new and more stringent conditions for automakers that sell cars in California. The California Air Resources Board will not only enforce CAFE, but will also require at least 15.4 percent of… Continue Reading...

Mazda Looking to Roll Out Electric Cars By 2018

Mazda Looking to Roll Out Electric Cars By 2018
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The JDM Mazda Demio models currently under test, sport a 70 kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack that adds approximately 220 lbs in extra weight. Fujinaka says the goal was to offer a zero tailpipe emisisons vehicle that delivered comparable performance to the regular 1.5-liter gas engined Demio. Continue Reading...

California And Automakers Argue Over ZEV Proposals

California And Automakers Argue Over ZEV Proposals
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Interestingly, all 10 states that follow the CARB ZEV plan, currently represent 30 percent of the entire US vehicle market, which means that hefty fines resulting from failure to meet the ultra stringent requirements will likely be passed onto consumers in the form of significantly higher vehicle prices. Continue Reading...

GM Displays E-RODs At Barrett-Jackson Orange County

GM Displays E-RODs At Barrett-Jackson Orange County
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While the 6.2 E-ROD is already CARB certified, the 5.3 version, featured in the Chevy truck, is still undergoing tests, though GM hopes to have a CARB EO number granted sometime this summer. Continue Reading...

Obama Administration Targeting 62-MPG CAFE Standard by 2025

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Obama Administration Targeting 62-MPG CAFE Standard by 2025
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The Obama Administration is considering strict new fuel economy regulations that would make the 35.5-mpg 2016 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards seem like an easy target to reach. The far-reaching new target would see a 62-mpg CAFE standard set in place for 2025. A preliminary proposal indicating as much was released late last week,… Continue Reading...

California To Mandate Tire Pressure Checks To Reduce Emissions, Score One For The Nanny State

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California To Mandate Tire Pressure Checks To Reduce Emissions, Score One For The Nanny State
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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has mandated that vehicle tire pressures must be checked during routine service and in line with the recommended factory settings. The initiative comes as part of a bid to cut down on under-inflated tires, which use more fuel and by extension, emit more greenhouse gases. While the law was… Continue Reading...