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State could offer thousands of dollars as federal incentives fade

California could add thousands of dollars in incentives for electric cars


Says 'circle of five' automakers held meetings to limit clean-air controls

Says 'circle of five' automakers held meetings to limit clean-air controls.


Fuel economy and emissions tests falsified for Japanese domestic market

Fuel economy and emissions tests falsified for Japanese domestic market

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The diesel's defeat devices made its exhaust much cleaner than out on the road.

The Beetle tested was outfitted with a defeat device, unbeknownst to the scientists.


Technology often is more effective in testing than in real-world use

Technology often is more effective in testing than in real-world use.


US-listed Fiat Chrysler shares were down 2.9 percent at $10.44.


FCA is accused of not revealing software to defeat testing on Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram trucks.


Move comes after EPA helped uncover VW Dieselgate.

A 99 percent federal cut to the vehicle testing budget.


VW Purposely Evaded Emissions Tests For Diesels, EPA Says

Volkswagen intentionally installed software in nearly a half-million diesel vehicles that helped the cars evade substandard results on emissions tests, the federal government charged Friday.


A bill currently in committee in the California State Assembly would allow some classic car owners to pay $200 to waive the state's smog check after meeting some other criteria.


General Motors hadn't had a recall in India since 1995. That changed when it was discovered that certain employees were playing tricks with local emissions testing in order to ensure passing grades for engines. More than ten GM Powertrain employees in India and the US have been let go over the ensuing emissions flap, including Sam Winegarden, VP of global engine engineering, a man who has been with the company since 1969, leading development of some marquee powerplants.

Do new vehicles in Europe actually emit less CO2 than previous models or have automakers simply discovered techniques to skew the results of emissions tests?

Back in July of 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced what it thinks the 2011 amounts and percentages should be for four fuel categories under the agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program (aka RFS2):

Thirty European companies banded together and called on the European Union (EU) to slash emissions 30 percent by 2020. Sound like a lot? Hold on a sec, since there's some background information needed to understand this one. The current target set by the EU calls for an emission's reduction of 20 percent from 1990 levels by 2020. The 30 companies are now calling for extending the emission's target by another 10 percent, so it's not as dramatic as it might sound.

BMW and Mercedes are leading the way in using carbon fiber to reduce weight in future passenger vehicles. Losing pounds can also be key to meet upcoming CAFE regulations and can also help increase the range electric vehicles can travel. The shift towards carbon fiber will probably become more widespread throughout the automotive industry as companies realize the weight-saving benefits of this product versus steel. Though carbon fiber is touted for its low weight, a new report by Toyota and repor

The image above looks strikingly similar to something you may see on an episode of America's Most Wanted where host John Walsh urges viewers to help find dangerous criminals at large. Though the crimes of Joseph DeMatteo may not be as violent those seen on an episode of Cops, his actions warrant enough concern that the Environmental Protection Agency has placed him on its most wanted list. We were a bit surprised to discover that the EPA has such a list but we promise it's no hoax. You can find

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How's this for a peek into the Las Vegas underworld? The U.S. Department of Justice indicted ten men in Vegas Friday for falsifying vehicle emissions tests. Some men allegedly falsified about 250 vehicles, but one did over 700. Because the air in some parts of Nevada, including Las Vegas, has levels of carbon monoxide and ozone that are higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's standards, the state is required to test vehicles and make sure they're not adding too much to the problem

Emissions tests are often part of the registration renewal ritual for many car owners. Some appreciate being able to breathe deeply, others see it as a de facto tax, while still another group of automotive unfortunates have cars that won't pass without much expensive work. Whether for purely financial reasons, or a chafing anti-authoritarianism, some drivers elect to circumvent the system.