LAPD to begin using the world’s first ‘pursuit-rated’ hybrid patrol car
“Cities have been asking us for solutions to reduce carbon emissions and costs, and agencies have been asking for greener police cars and greener pursuit vehicles,” said Kevin Koswick, director of Ford’s lease and remarking operations in North America. “We saw a need and we thought we could fulfill it.”
Los Angeles Times / 04.09.2017
California Fights Back
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can reduce national fuel efficiency standards, but if it seeks to revoke California’s waiver that lets the state set its own, tougher rules, state lawmakers should fight back, including taking the agency to court if necessary.
LA Times / 04.07.2017
California’s vow to reduce auto pollution may be setting up a full-out war with Trump
The decision to push ahead with cuts to greenhouse gas emissions came even as President Trump has begun rolling back federal rules intended to battle global warming over the next several years. California has a long history of pushing the envelope to reduce tailpipe pollution, and the latest move signals the state is prepared to do battle with Trump’s White House. “We’re going to press on,” Mary Nichols, California’s top emissions regulator, said during a meeting of the Air Resources Board in Riverside.
Los Angeles Times / 03.24.2017
Unlike Trump, California affirms gas mileage standard
Just weeks after President Trump signaled he's ready to roll back tough federal vehicle fuel standards, California's clean-air authority on Friday affirmed that it won't budge on its own tough standards.
The California Air Resources Board on Friday reaffirmed its own set of regulatory standards for the automotive industry, setting it and 12 other mostly East and West Coast states that are likely to follow its lead on a different path than the rest of the nation.
USA Today / 03.24.2017
CARB finds vehicle standards are achievable and cost-effective
"Today ARB affirmed the technical reviews done by our own and EPA staff, as
well as the work of independent analysts," said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols.
"We invite the global industry to bring us their best cars and trucks and
take advantage of the willingness of our leaders to provide a broad range of
incentives to help make these vehicles affordable. And we also invite them
to come sit down with us if they have specific concerns about implementation
of the existing regulations that can be addressed without weakening the
impact overall. The program is delivering cleaner cars that save consumers
money and are fun to drive: That's how we do it in California."
California Air Resources Board / 03.24.2017
California vs. Trump: California regulators move forward on climate change rules
California environmental regulators, taking a defiant stand against President Donald Trump, reaffirmed their commitment Thursday to tough air pollution standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars.
The California Air Resources Board, meeting in Riverside, voted unanimously to stick with tailpipe emissions regulations that were launched in California and adopted by former President Barack Obama. The board also voted to move ahead with a separate mandate that require automakers to sell more zero-emission vehicles in California.
Sacramento Bee / 03.24.2017
Trump and automakers have criticized Obama’s fuel standards as expensive job killers. A new study disagrees.
Federal fuel economy standards may be easier and less expensive to comply with than previously projected, according to a new study. The finding could undermine the argument by automakers and the Trump administration that the fuel standards increase costs and would lead to prohibitively expensive vehicles and job losses.
Washington Post / 03.24.2017
Good News for California: New Data Shows Electric Vehicle Sales in Northeast States Are Rising Fast
New data shows that electric vehicle (EV) sales in northeastern states rose dramatically in 2016. While overall U.S. EV sales grew 37 percent in 2016, EV sales in the states that follow California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program (not including California) rose a remarkable 60 percent in 2016 over the previous year. These states include Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Oregon. These new figures are from a Northeast States Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) analysis of data from IHS Polk.
Huffington Post / 03.24.2017