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Japanese Automaker Is More Than A Third Of The Way To The Federal Incentive Quota

Nissan will likely be first to hit the non-incentive threshold for electric vehicles and is already negotiating with the federal government for a possible extension.

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California adds 15,000 'green' stickers that will let plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers occupy high-occupancy vehicle lanes solo. The first batch of such stickers ran out last year.

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Here's the line to remember: "As robots become mainstream, lawmakers will have to grapple with how to govern machines and hold software accountable." That comes from a New York Times piece on what kind of legislation will be needed to deal with the inevitable accidents that autonomous vehicles will get into. The lawyers, naturally, will go after everyone with money, but who do the authorities charge when a self-driving car parks itself in a no-parking zone, and who will the jury hold responsible

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Cat videos have much to do with many of our ills, and they've come up again in discussions various states are having about whether to preemptively ban Google Glass while driving. It was August 2013 when news reports began delving into potential bans and penalties in the US and UK for using Google Glass while driving. As specific states begin to draw hard lines and introduce legislation, Bloomberg reports that Google is ramping up its lobbying efforts to belay prohibitive rulings until government

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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.

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It's one thing to try to cozy up to the federal government. It's another to mess with Texas. Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk is pondering the former after attempting to do the latter in an attempt to overturn the age-old laws banning automakers from operating their own car dealerships, Automotive News reports.

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Colorado sealed one set of green credentials last month by legalizing non-medical marijuana use. Turns out, the Rocky Mountain State is not done making green the most appealing color.

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The Midwest has lately been at the center of battles between unions and the politicians contesting them, and the union side hasn't been doing so well. Michigan is the latest rust-belt state to lob a legislative grenade into union ranks, the state governor signing two right-to-work bills that prohibit mandatory union dues in the state's workplaces.

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Think of it this way: a teenager cruising in a convertible down Pacific Coast Highway will probably be pretty big on smooth roads.

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Um, about that $337 million.

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In 2004, Raechel and Jackie Houck were killed when they were in a fiery accident in the 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser they had rented from Enterprise. The girls' mother, Cally Houck, sued Enterprise when it was discovered that their Chrysler was the subject of a recall to repair a power steering hose leak over a potential fire issue, yet the car hadn't been reparied before it was rented. The five-year trial concluded in 2010, with Enterprise admitting negligence, at which point it was ordered by a ju

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A Carnegie Mellon paper gauges that it would take 76 days to read all of the privacy policies for the companies you deal with, and that's before you get to the terms and conditions and other small prints. Judging how quickly states are adding new laws to their driving codes and swapping punishments, staying informed might also require a semester of reading pretty soon.

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U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the federal government will continue to emphasize finding alternative forms of transportation energy sources over merely trying to find ways to cut gas prices, Politico is reporting, citing Chu's comments at a Washington, D.C., House appropriations hearing earlier this week.

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Because nothing says environmental sustainability like a per-mile tax on electric vehicles.

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Arizona has repealed a lower vehicle emissions program that was patterned after California's rules after just one year in effect. The state government voted to instead match federal greenhouse-gas regulations.

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The National Automobile Dealers Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to revoke a waiver granted in 2009 by the Environmental Protection Agency that permits California, along with 13 other states, to adopt stricter emissions policies than those required by the federal government. The waiver affects greenhouse gas emissions in vehicles manufactured between 2009 through 2016.

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After nine months of meetings, the Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Council created by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has issued its final report on how to promote the use of plug-in vehicles in the state. The list of proposed incentives covers all of the usual bases but doesn't get too specific about anything.

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When word first came down that Congress was looking to mandate that all new vehicles to be sold with Event Data Recorders, we knew that the added tech was going to be pricey. According to Automotive News, if legislators have their way, the new automotive black boxes will need to be both fire resistant and waterproof. Add in a significant amount of recording time before and after an accident, and suddenly the price tag per unit could soar up to a lofty $4,000 to $5,000. Currently, the EDRs track

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