President Trump’s plan to rollback Obama-era fuel economy targets is set to be unveiled this week, and if a new report from Bloomberg is accurate, that’ll include a revocation of California’s authority to set its own auto emission standards. For automakers, it’s their worst fear come alive.
Nowhere is safe for diesel. Stuttgart, home of two massive automakers that produce diesel vehicles, has announced that any diesels that don’t meet Euro 5 standards will be banned from city streets in 2019.
Bad news for everyone driving a green energy car in Los Angeles County: you’re about to have to follow the same rules of the road as everyone else. (Update: Actually no, just some of the same rules now.)
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A class action lawsuit was filed against the Ford Motor Company and supplier Bosch on Wednesday alleging that the former installed emissions defeat devices in its diesel F-250 and F-350 trucks, causing them to produce up to 50 times more oxides of nitrogen than allowed by law. This should sound familiar by now.
More than two years after Volkswagen came clean on how it managed to skirt diesel emissions tests, we’re still learning about new ways it used so-called defeat devices. Like on Tuesday, when Germany’s automotive watchdog announced a recall of VW Touaregs that were apparently equipped with defeat devices.
Already rankled by allegations of running a cartel and the never-ending Dieselgate fiasco, Volkswagen learned on Tuesday that it has also been barred from receiving research financing from the European Union, according to The New York Times. The decision from the European Investment Bank couldn’t come at a more…
When all’s said and done, Volkwsagen’s never-ending Dieselgate saga may be seen as the tip of the iceberg, and not just an explosive revelation from an automaker that explicitly set out to cheat. Several automakers have been ensnared in accusations of diesel cheating and now, in Germany, Porsche has to recall 22,000…
A mere two months after Volkswagen was exposed as cheating emissions tests with scores of diesel cars, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also suspected some of Fiat Chrysler’s diesel vehicles were exceeding legal emissions limits, according to emails obtained by Jalopnik.
1st Gear: No Love For The Model X
In an investigation into potentially fraudulent emissions data, the BBC reports that more than 250 members of German law enforcement searched 11 Daimler offices. If authorities find evidence, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, will be the latest to join Volkswagen in carrying out emissions scandals.
Nothing says ‘sweet summer innocence’ like getting a cool treat from a stranger driving a van. However, such snacks might be harmful to kids, and we’re not talking about just the refined sugar here. Reporters from The Daily Mail in England took a bunch of emissions readings from ice cream trucks in England, and found…
Here’s something surprising: the big and nasty Ferrari V12 isn’t too good for the environment.
It’s true that emissions standards and regulations are tightening across the board. Complying requires extensive research and testing. What automakers shouldn’t do is implement a steering wheel cheat for emissions testing like Audi did, especially because of the other unpleasantness currently happening.
Automotive law firm Hagens Berman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Ram Trucks parent company Fiat Chrysler and its diesel engine supplier Cummins, alleging that the companies collaborated to fraudulently under-report how much pollution heavy-duty pickup trucks were producing.
It used to be that automakers had to (that’s a soft “had to”) meet a corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025, but now it seems that the EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) are rethinking that number.
The new Shell city-car concept is a bit like the younger cousin you don’t see often—cute and kind of weird, but intriguing at the same time. The car, which has the ability to get up to 107 miles per gallon, comes by the efforts of an odd combination—an oil company and the designer of the McLaren F1 car.
Those of you who never intended your race car to adhere to street-car emissions regulations have a new cause to rally behind. The Specialty Equipment Market Association, better known as the aftermarket barons SEMA, say a U.S. House of Representatives bill has been proposed to keep conversions of road cars into race…