California's controversial "cool cars" guidelines have been laid to rest. According to a report from The Detroit News, the ill supported legislation is no more and automakers can rejoice. The pressure was too much for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to handle any longer, and automakers, law enforcement officials and crime victim advocates are likely to celebrate their victory.
Even though President Obama's new national CAFE standards will lean on the stricter California standards for support and there was broad agreement that a national standard of this type is the way to move forward, the devilish details could still cause a disagreement or two.
Even though Obama's new national CAFE standards will lean on the stricter California standards for support and there was broad agreement that a national standard of this type is the right way to move forward, the devilish details could still cause a disagreement or two. Problem One is that the new CAFE rules don't start affecting new cars until the 2012 model year. Problem Two is that the whole EPA waiver thing has not yet been decided. While California will back down once the 2012 models are he
There may soon be one less state that uses California's carbon dioxide emissions standards for motor vehicles: Arizona. Before leaving office, former governor Janet Napolitano (D) issued an executive order requiring the state's Department of Environmental Quality to adopt the rules that would effectively push fuel economy standards to 44 mpg by 2016. Napolitano has since moved on to become Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration and Republican Jan Brewer is now occupying the g
The state of California has made a lot of noise about their attempts to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from cars and effectively increase fuel efficiency requirements. Big carmakers have been fighting the rules because they want a single national standard to deal with. However, there may be another reason that they don't like the California regs that could be even more important. The rules only apply to manufacturers that sell an average of over 60,000 vehicles annually for three years. Th
Ford's President of the Americas, Mark Fields, wants the company to build more E85 capable flex-fuel vehicles but he doesn't want to have to deal with state level fuel economy or carbon dioxide regulations. The former should be no surprise as every car and truck so equipped gets a credit of 1.2mpg towards its mileage rating. Fields also wants to see mileage mandates done at a national rather than at the state level. Like other car-makers, Ford's issue is apparently not so much with having to mee
Automotive News says that despite a request from the auto industry, U.S. District Judge William Sessions of Vermont ruled last week that he is unwilling to allow automakers the chance to present evidence of greenhouse gas emissions in a non-public way during an upcoming trial. Sessions told AN that he is "'troubled by the implication' that he should decide a case that automakers agree is important to the public by using evidence 'they do not want the public to see.'"