The RFS Has Rules, But EPA Might Not Be Enforcing Them
A study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that millions of acres of crops might be contributing to the country's ethanol supply, while being in violation of the rules under the Renewable Fuels Standard.
An Illinois state representative proposes a $5,000 fine for any drivers who tamper with the EPA-mandated emissions equipment on their diesel-engined vehicles so they can do what's called "Rolling Coal."
Unclear Wording In SAE J-1634 Standard Doesn't Help
The EPA's test to certify the range of electric vehicles and plug-ins is a convoluted mess in many cases that often doesn't accurately evaluate driving range. Green Car Reports takes a look at the problem in a recent deep dive and finds a relatively simple solution.
In its most economical form, the new Honda HR-V ranks as the most fuel-efficient, conventionally-powered crossover on the market, with an EPA rating of 28 miles per gallon in the city, 35 on the highway and 31 on the combined cycle.
Like a certain Hobbit, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to take a closer look at Smaug. Sorry, smog. The EPA is on a bit of a kick in thinking about cleaner air standards, which makes sense since the winds of change are blowing. Europeans are taking a closer look at diesel emissions and health organizations are understanding just how bad exhausted air can be (think more asthma and cancer).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not going to decide just yet how much biofuel to add to the national fuel supply in the future. Last year, the EPA said, for the first time ever, that it might reduce the biofuel component in American gas, but is now saying that the 2014 standards rule will be "significantly delayed."
UPDATE: A previous version of this story referred to Ferrari's 7,000 global sales as approaching the 10,000-unit threshold of the CAFE system. This is incorrect, as only US sales contribute towards CAFE totals. Ferrari also offered clarification on the company's CAFE status within Fiat Chrysler's fleet. The post has been edited to reflect this information.
"Cheating Is Not Profitable," Attorney General says
Nearly two years after Hyundai and Kia announced they exaggerated fuel economy numbers for several of their most popular models, the two Korean automakers have paid a heavy penalty for the transgressions.
The air in Los Angeles is better than it has been in the past, but that isn't stopping four environmental and health groups from suing the EPA to do a better job. Two national groups (the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council) are filing the lawsuit with two local groups (Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and Communities for a Better Environment) in the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals against the EPA's "deficient smog plan," as Earth justice attorney Adrian Marti
Following the lowering of estimated fuel economy figures from companies like Ford, Hyundai, Kia and even a handful of Mercedes-Benz sedans in the recent past, the Environmental Protection Agency is cracking down by mandating new mileage testing procedures by the end of the year, after first considering some changes months ago. The improved evaluations should make the numbers that buyers see on the window sticker of a vehicle closer to what they experience in the real world.
What, you expected the "fastest muscle car ever" to help fleetwide fuel economy? Nope, don't think that's going to happen. That means Fiat Chrysler will likely to continue to languish at the bottom of the heap when it comes to fleetwide fuel economy among the largest automakers serving the US, especially as the automaker starts to sell its Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. A few hundred Fiat 500E electric vehicles aren't going to turn the trend around.