News Archives: January 2017


In California, the Future Is Still Electric

Momentum behind electric vehicles—one of the most promising avatars of emission-reduction efforts—is building. That’s especially true in California, which is rapidly forging plans to battle the federal administration on most conceivable issues—particularly climate. “California is not turning back,” Governor Jerry Brown told a applauding audience at his State of the State address Tuesday night. “Not now, not ever.”

CITYLAB / 01.26.2017

CARB releases major report on the future of ultra-clean and zero-emission vehicles

The most exhaustive evaluation to date of the California passenger vehicle market and technology finds that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards currently in place for model years 2022-2025 are readily feasible at or below the costs estimated back in 2012 – when the standards were adopted with support from many automakers. Continuing on the path to meeting the 2025 standards will deliver significant clean-air and public health benefits for Californians and cost-savings for consumers. The 667-page Midterm Review of Advanced Clean Cars Program report released today confirms that the previously adopted package of GHG standards, technology-forcing zero-emission vehicle standards, and the most health-protective particulate matter standards in the world are appropriate. The report indicates that existing programs in California will add at least 1 million zero-emission vehicles on its roads and highways by 2025. The full report can be found here.

California Air Resources Board / 01.18.2017

Feds shouldn’t back down on fuel economy standards

As the Detroit auto show makes clear, boosting fuel economy standards holds promise — not peril — for American consumers and the auto industry. From conventional gas-powered engines that go farther than ever before on every gallon of gas, to a range of new hybrid and all-electric options, automakers from the U.S. and around the world keep improving gas mileage. They know consumers like it all across the globe.

Detroit News / 01.13.2017

EPA finalizes standards as unhappy carmakers look to Trump

The Obama administration locked in tighter fuel economy standards today for cars, minivans, SUVs and pickup trucks — finalizing the decision 14 months ahead of schedule and a week before the inauguration of Donald Trump.

A component of President Obama's climate change agenda, the greenhouse gas standards would bring average fleetwide fuel economy for new vehicles to 50.8 mpg in 2025.

Environment & Energy News / 01.13.2017

Carbon Pollution Standards for Cars and Light Trucks to Remain Unchanged Through 2025 

WASHINGTON — Today, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy finalized her decision to maintain the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks. The final determination finds that a wide variety of effective technologies are available to reduce GHG emissions from cars and light trucks, and that automakers are well positioned to meet the standards through model year 2025 at lower costs than predicted. “My decision today rests on the technical record created by over eight years of research, hundreds of published reports including an independent review by the National Academy of Sciences, hundreds of stakeholder meetings, and multiple opportunities for the public and the industry to provide input,”  said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.  “At every step in the process the analysis has shown that the greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks remain affordable and effective through 2025, and will save American drivers billions of dollars at the pump while protecting our health and the environment.”

US EPA / 01.13.2017

CARB supports EPA’s final determination that the adopted GHG standards are appropriate; EPA action helps secure a low-carbon transportation future

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board welcomes the EPA Administrator's determination that the adopted light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for model years (MY) 2022-2025 are appropriate.  In 2012, CARB agreed to a national program based on federal adoption of GHG reduction standards as stringent as California's. EPA's action today solidifies the continuance of the national program. These standards give the auto industry certainty and are the most important basis for the transition to further emission reductions in 2030 and beyond. "From the CARB technical team's perspective, the evidence in support of the standards is robust and definitive" said Dr. Alberto Ayala, CARB's Deputy Executive Officer. This final determination is also timely and important as CARB prepares to consider its own mid-term review of the standards in March. "This progress is the result of an unprecedented national partnership between California and U.S. EPA," said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. "We expect that progress to continue under the adopted regulations and we look forward to working together to plan for 2025 and beyond."    

California Air Resources Board / 01.13.2017

Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 | Regulations for Emissions from Vehicles and Engines | US EPA 

On January 12, 2017, the Administrator signed her determination to maintain the current GHG emissions standards for model year (MY) 2022-2025 vehicles. This final determination finds that automakers are well positioned to meet the standards at lower costs than previously estimated. The Administrator is choosing to retain the current standards to provide regulatory certainty for the auto industry despite a technical record that suggests the standards could be made more stringent.

US EPA / 01.13.2017

California’s PG&E utility now offers $500 rebate for electric-car use

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) now offers a $500 "Clean Fuel Rebate" for customers with electric cars. The program, which just launched yesterday, is the result of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which among other provisions, gives credits to utilities whose customers use home electricity to charge electric cars.

Green Car Reports / 01.11.2017