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One of the big complaints that automakers had with America's fuel economy legislation a few years ago was the potential for California to lead the way in setting up its own, more-stringent rules that would lead to a "patchwork" of mpg laws. That never happened because the federal government came in and established a national standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025. A newer automotive legislation push – again led by California – is aiming for another big milestone by that same deadline.

The California dream is becoming a bit more of a nightmare, at least according to some truckers there. With the California Air Resources Board (CARB) mandating that older trucks be equipped with a special diesel soot filter in order to reduce pollution, trucking advocates are arguing that the device is not only cost-prohibitive but dangerous as well, says Forbes.

Tomorrow, we will get a fresh glimpse into the financial situation over at Tesla Motors. That's when the California automaker, always ready to go its own way and not release monthly sale figures, will discuss its second-quarter SEC filing. From what we've been told, it won't be as rosy at three months ago. In early May, when Tesla announced Q1 results and said it had made its first-ever quarterly profit, it warned that the second quarter results would not be as good. Specifically, the company sa

The BMW i3 has been one of the most-teased plug-in vehicle concepts in recent memory. Since BMW first unveiled the car (along with the i8) back in mid-2011, we've had the promotional "Born Electric" tour, auto show appearances and, just the other day, a production version teaser image. And let's not forget the MegaCity project before that. We understand if you're sick of all the previews and just want to see the darn thing already. To which BMW says, hold on. The official reveal is happening at

Tesla Motors is expected to release quarterly earnings figures within the next few days, and the Silicon Valley automaker is thought to have attained profitability for the first time ever. As it turns out, a good bit of that profit will reportedly come from the State of California.

In February, the world's best-known plug-in battery-swapping network left California. Now, it looks like the state's not too keen on the concept.

Automakers aren't happy about a California mandate that requires manufacturers to sell 1.4 million electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles by 2025. As such, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers have filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency to block the state's mandate. Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, chided car companies for "shooting yourselves in the foot," while speaking at the SAE Internationa

Mary Nichols, chairman of California Air Resources Board, recently took a jab at automaker trade groups for urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to block California's zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates. They're undermining the progress they've been making in creating the market for electric cars and other ZEVs, she said.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added a new word to the wider public lexicon today when it proposed new emission and fuel standards for cars and gasoline: Tier 3. This new regulation is "sensible" and will "significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive," the EPA says. Unsurprisingly, not everyone agrees.

The approval of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid for California carpool lanes puts the Blue Oval into the winner's circle; tied with Toyota for the most fuel-efficient models approved for use in the Golden State's HOV lanes.

Less than five months after electric-vehicle maker Amp said it was switching from passenger-vehicle conversions to delivery-truck electric-vehicle production, the company earned a victory of sorts by getting approval to sell its trucks in the most populous US state.

The California Construction Trucking Association has filed a notice of appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. It's the latest in a two-year legal battle against the California Air Resource Board's heavy-duty, on-road truck and bus regulations. The CARB diesel engine regulation will force the replacement of most diesel-powered commercial motor vehicles that don't meet 2010 US Environmental Protection Agency standards in order to operate in the state.

Take all of the registered motor vehicles in Oregon, move them one state south and turn them all into hybrids, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles. That's pretty much what the California Governor Jerry Brown has in mind, and the state has taken 32 pages to lay that process out.

Californians aren't exactly standing in line for those green stickers that let plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers get solo-driving access to the state's diamond lanes. So, what else is new?

Honda is waiting until early January to start selling the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, and it will be the first gasoline-powered vehicle to qualify for the strong Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle 20 (SULEV 20) standards under CARB's regulations. This means that the car emits no more than 20 milligrams of smog-forming emissions for each mile that it moves. Yes, that's low.

What's up with the state of Washington's commitment to electric vehicles? It's a place where you can find fast charging stations and coffeehouses galore, but the state has backed away from offering incentives and requirements for zero emission vehicles according to Green Car Reports.

The controversial E15 – the fuel that blends 15 percent ethanol in gasoline – is still waiting approval for use in California, and it's going to take a few years for the decision to be made. That's the statement sent to the American Motorcyclist Association by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

For Californians, the start of "winter" can't come soon enough.

Representatives from the Republican Party have asked President Obama to delay pushing through strict new automotive fuel economy regulations. The trio of top GOP legislators consists of auto dealer Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, Jim Jordan (also of PA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa of California (pictured). The three legislators are calling for further review of the 2017-2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets. According to a report by The Detroit News, Issa sa

Representatives from the Republican Party have asked President Obama to delay pushing through strict new automotive fuel economy regulations. The trio of top GOP legislators consists of auto dealer Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, Jim Jordan (also of PA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa of California (pictured). The three legislators are calling for further review of the 2017-2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets. According to a report by The Detroit News, Issa sa

The Golden State's going a little more green once again. The California Air Resources Board approved $27 million in incentives that will be used to accelerate sales of zero-emission vehicles in the most populous U.S. state.

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