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Pruitt’s EPA Attempts to Undermine California’s Leadership on Vehicle Standards

, senior vehicles analyst

The current EPA administration has repeatedly mischaracterized California’s authority and role when it comes to vehicle emissions standards—here is what that really means for California and the country writ large. Read more >

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Latest EPA Automaker Reports Show Compliance with and Success of Standards

, senior vehicles analyst

EPA released its annual reports on new passenger vehicles. One report highlights the historical trend in fuel economy for cars and trucks over time, while the other report discusses the progress of manufacturers towards meeting global warming emissions regulations now under attack by industry and this administration. Taken together, the key findings from both reports are clear:  1) every type of vehicle is getting more efficient, driven by strong standards, and that’s great news for consumers; 2) despite a meager overall improvement in fuel economy, manufacturers continue to comply with the standards; and 3) there’s still a huge opportunity for future fuel economy improvements, as manufacturers continue to bring newly redesigned vehicles to market. Read more >

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Automakers’ Long List of Fights Against Progress, and Why We Must Demand Better

, senior vehicles analyst

Today, we are releasing a report documenting the long, sordid past of the auto industry, who has fought regulation tooth and nail at every turn. From pollution control to seatbelts and air bags to fuel economy, the industry has spent the vast majority of the past 7 decades doing whatever it can to wriggle out of government regulations, at the expense of the American public. Read more >

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New Numbers Are In and EVs Are Cleaner Than Ever

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

One of the most common questions I’m asked about electric cars is, “how clean are they?”

Five years ago, UCS answered this question, publishing its first look at the global warming emissions from electric vehicles (EVs) in our ‘State of Charge’ report.  In early 2017, the US EPA updated their data on emissions from electricity generation, now capturing power plant emissions through the end of 2014. How does this new data change our assessment of EVs?

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Automakers Seek to Shirk Environmental Responsibilities, and Senators Oblige

, senior vehicles analyst

Today, automakers yearning to weaken environmental regulations found an ear on Capitol Hill—Senator Blunt (R-MO) introduced a bill with support of a few auto-state senators which would undermine the federal fuel economy regulations in three ways:  1) it extends the life for credits, some of which have already expired, creating so-called “zombie credits”; 2) it awards windfall credits for vehicles already sold by pulling forward a flexibility which regulators explicitly said they were not granting when setting the stringency of the program; and 3) it allows for manufacturers to focus all their efforts on just one segment of their fleet, undermining the promise to consumers that all types of vehicles—cars, trucks, and SUVs—would become more efficient over time. Read more >

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