President Barack Obama announced a new $200 million tax credit for the development of alternative fuel technologies in a continued effort to reduce U.S. oil consumption. Continue Reading...
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Following Ford’s decision to restate the fuel efficiency rating of its C-Max hybrid, the EPA is left defending its tests. Continue Reading...
A Tesla fan-created petition asking the government to allow the American automaker to sell directly to consumers has reached the necessary 100,000 signatures to get the White House to take a look. Continue Reading...
Jeep owners are urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to insist that Chrysler do more than install trailer hitch assemblies on older Jeep SUVs as well as having the vehicles crash-tested with the protective trailer hitches. Continue Reading...
A Tesla fan is petitioning the White House stop requiring cars to be sold through third-party dealers. Continue Reading...
Chrysler said today that it does not intend to call-back roughly 2.7 million vehicles to make repairs despite the government requesting a recall. Continue Reading...
Roughly two thirds of motorists polled in a newly-released survey by AAA support increased federal spending on infrastructure. Continue Reading...
The Obama Administration will help federal agencies add 10,000 hybrids to their fleets in a move that will save 1 million gallons of fuel per year over the vehicle’s lifespans. Continue Reading...
Electric cars… Are they a silent killer? Lawmakers worry that they might be, but the solution has some automakers up in arms. Continue Reading...
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is backing away from its previously announced plan to see 1 million electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015, saying the timeline isn’t really all that important. Continue Reading...
More than half of the alternative-fuel cars bought by government agencies last year were built by Asian automakers. Continue Reading...
Event Data Recorders (EDRs), commonly called “black boxes” are already installed in about 90 percent of new cars, but a new rule is expected from NHTSA making them mandatory for all cars and light trucks. Continue Reading...
The Chevrolet Volt is about to get a boost in its sales figures, as the United States Department of Defense is planning to purchase 1,500 electric vehicles, including plenty of Volts. Continue Reading...
Likely behind countless sleepless nights among the world’s automotive engineers, the Obama administration’s mandate for improved fuel efficiency was expected to take effect yesterday, but the gun remains unfired. Continue Reading...
Not long after 9/11, the California DMV started selling memorial license plates under the promise that the proceeds would go toward scholarships for children of the victims, or anti-terrorist initiatives, but the money isn’t making it home. Continue Reading...
The new year is rapidly approaching and with it a host of new vehicles begging to be driven are sitting in dealer lots waiting to wow shoppers. When it comes to new cars, those shoppers often expect more for less as new models hit the showroom, but that wont be the case for electric vehicles… Continue Reading...
Chrysler filed documents with the Security and Exchange Commission that revealed that parent company Fiat has a one year option to increase its stake in the American automaker to as much as 70 percent. The increase is contingent on Chrysler repaying its government loans, and the automaker will be issuing new debt in a bid to allow… Continue Reading...
Chrysler is preparing to pay back $6.6 billion on government loans, but the company will do so not from its own cash but by re-financing existing debt. Current terms of the government loans have Chrysler paying 12 percent interest per year. While Chrysler would not be out of debt, they would theoretically free themselves from… Continue Reading...
Lotus may build their next generation Esprit sports car outside of the United Kingdom after its request for a $50 million loan to build a new factory was rejected by an investment arm of the British government. The loan was intended for a new factory in the Norfolk area of Britain, which would employ 1200… Continue Reading...
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the possibility of making keyless ignitions a mandatory item for cars, as a means of providing drivers with a way to shut off the engine quickly in case of emergencies. NHTSA is also considering banning the devices altogether, and mandating the use of a physical key, since… Continue Reading...
When dealing with an authoritarian state that exercises substantial government control of the economy, you generally know whose rules you’re playing by – and everyone from automakers to tech companies are happy to capitulate to the demands of the Chinese government, with car companies establishing joint ventures with local automakers for the sake of being… Continue Reading...
A House of Representatives committee introduced a bill that would stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles from the year 2015 onwards, a key part of a national fuel economy program that is actually favored by many automakers. While the bill was supposedly passed in the interest of keeping vehicle prices… Continue Reading...
The Hyundai Sonata’s production delay due to the removal of an on-off switch for its sound emitting device looks like a smart move now that the federal government is looking to not only make the devices mandatory for hybrid and electric cars, but bar automakers from allowing drivers to cancel the systems via a dash… Continue Reading...
The federal government, under the jurisdiction of Homeland Security, started investigating the importation of grey-market Nissan Skylines, tracking down their owners and even seizing the cars. According to import laws, only a select few R33 Skylines from 1996 to 1998 can be legally brought to U.S. shores. The rest came by an importer that failed… Continue Reading...