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AddUnder new CAFE rules plug-ins, natural gas, hydrogen cars are "incentive multipliers"

The new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for model year 2017-2025 vehicles was finalized at 54.5 miles per gallon today. The official rules document, though, is a whopping 1,230 pages long, and it take a while to decipher what in there. Things like the incentives for what the Environmental Protection Agency calls "game changing" advanced vehicle technologies. You can download the whole thing in PDF, but here are the pertinent points when it comes to the incentives.

189New CAFE rules officially finalized; 54.5 mpg is like making gas $1/gallon cheaper

Increasing the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for model year 2017-2025 cars to 54.5 miles per gallon was first proposed in July 2011. Since then, there has been a lot of back and forth, a lot of positive and negative responses, and, lately, a delay for unknown reasons. Since the CAFE rules were not changed between the mid-1980s and when President Obama came into office and rules for 2012-2016 model year vehicles were put in place in 2010, it's not a huge surprise this update took so lo

AddNew CAFE rules officially finalized; 54.5 mpg is like making gas $1/gallon cheaper

Increasing the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for model year 2017-2025 vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon was first proposed in July 2011. Since then, there has been a lot of back and forth, a lot of positive and negative responses, and, lately, a delay for unknown reasons. Since the CAFE rules were not changed between the mid-1980s and when President Obama came into office and rules for 2012-2016 model year vehicles were put in place in 2010, it's not a huge surprise this update took s

AddNew CAFE rules for 2025: How 54.5 mpg generates a lot of numbers (and opposition from VW)

Following the big CAFE announcement this morning – which called for a 54.5 mpg fuel economy standard by model year 2025 – EPA administrator Lisa Jackson (pictured) gave a bit more information on how the proposal will affect the vehicle landscape in the U.S. She said that there is no expected percentage of what kinds of powertrains (diesel or plug-in or more efficient gasoline engines) will make up the fleet of vehicles sold in 2025, just that the rule requires those vehicles need to

AddEPA says green house gases endanger people, environment - and it's all our fault

It's official: the cars we drive are hurting us. The EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today that "greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people. EPA also finds that GHG emissions from on-road vehicles contribute to that threat."

53EPA reverses decision, approves California's greenhouse gas emissions waiver

The saga of California's greenhouse gas waiver has come to an end with the EPA deciding that the state can indeed enforce its own GHG emissions standards for new motor vehicles. This means that, at least between now (with current model year vehicles) and when the 2012 MY vehicles arrive, California and the 13 states (and D.C.) that have adopted its rules will use the stricter emission standards to regulate vehicles. In the EPA's statement on the decision, it says it used "the law and science as

AddEPA reverses decision, approves California's greenhouse gas emissions waiver

The saga of California's greenhouse gas waiver has come to an end with the EPA deciding that the state can indeed enforce its own GHG emissions standards for new motor vehicles. This means that, at least between now (with current model year vehicles) and when the 2012 MY vehicles arrive, California and the 13 states (and D.C.) that have adopted its rules will use the stricter emission standards to regulate vehicles. In the EPA's statement on the decision, it says it used "the law and science as

AddEPA will push clean diesel grant money in Ohio on Wednesday

In a rare move that probably won't attract the level of controversy or public comments that seem to be standard for EPA announcements these days (e.g.: California waiver), administrator Lisa Jackson will be in Ohio on Wednesday to talk about American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grants for auto manufacturing communities, specifically clean diesel grants.

AddObama to revisit states' rights on carbon emissions

In an announcement that should come as little surprise to anyone paying close attention, Lisa Jackson, President-elect Obama's newly-nominated EPA administrator, has said that she will immediately revisit the topic of whether individual states have the right to enact laws governing carbon emissions. Any laws made by individual states would have the effect of jacking up the national fuel economy requirements, which are themselves currently up in the air, since carbon dioxide is a natural byproduc

27EPA under Obama will revisit state emission laws

The decision on whether or not to allow states to enforce limits on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions is moving back to center stage under the incoming Obama administration. Lisa Jackson, the President-elect's nominee for EPA administrator, has promised to "immediately revisit" the issue once she is confirmed for the office.

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