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2008-06-02
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In the wake of its denial of California’s request to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from tailpipes at the state level, the U.S. EPA sometime soon may issue a rulemaking setting out regulatory options for doing so on a national level.
2008-06-02
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U.S. government officials are disappointed by the slow rate at which ethanol is being introduced info the U.S. automotive fuel infrastructure.
2008-06-02
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards for MY2011-2015 announced in late April are “aggressive but achievable,” said Transportation Secretary Mary Peters.
2008-06-02
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The energy bill approved in December calls for a 40% increase in CAFE levels—to 35 mpg by 2020 for passenger cars and light trucks.
2008-06-02
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The U.S. EPA’s new ozone standard will force every state in the country except possibly California to consider a number of steps that could have an important impact on automobile component design, especially with regard to onboard diagnostic (OBD) controls, the engine, and the catalytic converter.
2008-07-29
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High fuel prices may force Congress to add dollars to the automotive research budget of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for fiscal 2009.
2008-03-31
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The good news is that by swallowing the reality of a 35-mpg fleet average by 2020, the auto industry may have insulated itself politically against additional carbon-dioxide emissions limits that some states, particularly California, want to impose.
2008-03-31
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Higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks are rearing their political head in a bipartisan greenhouse-gas bill heading for the Senate floor.
2009-10-07
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There are more than a few pieces of controversy buried in the Obama administration’s 600-plus-page proposed rule (excluding supporting documents) dictating a uniform U.S. standard for tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases and for fuel economy for MY2012 through 2016.
2009-12-17
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The U.S.-China electric vehicles initiative announced while President Obama was in China in November caught some in the American vehicle industry by surprise. But hopes are high, particularly among smaller, entrepreneurial U.S. EV manufacturers.
2009-05-01
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Most automakers won’t sweat the CAFE standard for MY2011, which NHTSA published in late March. But they clearly are nervous about the standards for 2012-2015, which will reflect more clearly the Obama administration’s belief that automakers can make cleaner cars more quickly using advanced technologies.
2009-03-12
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The March 5 EPA hearing on California’s request to be allowed to set the first greenhouse-gas tailpipe emissions standard in the U.S. showcased the domestic industry’s engineering advances over the past half decade. Whether the waiver is granted remains to be seen.
2009-05-11
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Necessary but not sufficient: that was the consensus of participants in a recent conference about the $1.5 billion federal grant program for advanced batteries included in the stimulus package Congress passed in February.
2009-08-14
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NHTSA has an Oct. 1, 2009, deadline to publish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) on ejection mitigation, but none had been proposed as of mid-August.
2009-07-14
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The climate change bill that the U.S. House of Representatives passed narrowly in June—and that the Senate will start considering in September—has a number of provisions that will make eye-popping auto manufacturer holiday gifts, if the legislation ends up on President Barack Obama’s desk later this year.
2008-10-23
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Congress rushed to provide two important incentives to the auto industry in early October, and more lifelines are probably on the way when Democrats and Republicans return to Washington, D.C., in November.
2010-06-25
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Congress is moving quickly to pass a new automotive safety standards bill in the wake of the Toyota "sudden acceleration" uproar.
2010-05-06
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Automakers are nervous about the substance and timing of some of the changes NHTSA wants to make on the 'stars on cars' portion of new-vehicle window stickers.
2010-02-08
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At the recent SAE International Government/Industry Meeting in Washington, representatives of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and National Resources Defense Council seemed to bury most of the hatchet.
2010-03-04
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The withering national publicity focused on Toyota's handling of complaints about sudden acceleration has prompted congressional concern about the capability of NHTSA. Among the issues being debated is the agency's engineering know-how.
2008-11-18
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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working on rules related to the sometimes dangerous quietness of hybrid-electric and electric vehicles, as well as the energy-absorption characteristics of vehicle front ends.
2009-01-15
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There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the engineering costs that can be paid for with the federal funds to be dispatched to the auto industry via the Department of Energy's advanced technology vehicles loan program. The transition from the Bush to Obama administration only heightens the uncertainty.
2009-02-22
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At the annual SAE Government/Industry Meeting, an array of Washington hands read the tea leaves on what might happen in a range of green auto policy areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, auto purchase incentives within the economic stimulus plan, and imminent CAFE standards.
2009-02-23
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Adrian Lund, President, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, acknowledged that the auto industry’s financial woes may have to be taken into consideration as NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) moves forward on new safety standards. But while the economy may be soft, the IIHS has no intention of going soft itself nor will it go easy on the Obama administration if it appears to be too sympathetic to Detroit.
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