Electric cars are set to arrive far more speedily than anticipated
THE high-pitched whirr of an electric car may not stir the soul like the bellow and growl of an internal combustion engine (ICE). But to compensate, electric motors give even the humblest cars explosive acceleration. Electric cars are similarly set for rapid forward thrust. Improving technology and tightening regulations on emissions from ICEs is about to propel electric vehicles (EVs) from a niche to the mainstream. After more than a century of reliance on fossil fuels, however, the route from petrol power to volts will be a tough one for carmakers to navigate...Technology will have as much impact as politics. Vehicles that carmakers are forced to produce for the sake of the environment will become ones that buyers want for the sake of their wallets.
The Economist / 02.16.2017
Auto executives want Trump to roll back clean-air standards. Can California stand in their way?
The automakers’ initiative is just one of several attacks aimed at loosening federal clean-air regulations. All are likely to run up against a brick wall erected by California, the only state that has explicit permission from the feds to set its own emissions standards. These not only have been more stringent than those issued from Washington, but have been matched to some extent by more than a dozen other states. The state’s rule calling for zero-emission cars to represent 15% of sales by 2025 has been adopted by nine other states. Those 10 states together account for one-third of all auto and light-truck sales in the U.S., helping to spur electric-vehicle programs at Ford, GM, Volkswagen and other manufacturers.
Los Angeles Times / 02.13.2017
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