News Archives: March 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.

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

Keep California’s Zero-Emissions Vehicle program going strong

The ZEV program has helped spur innovation, drive down costs and shape the electric vehicle market across the nation. In California, the ZEV program has put more than 250,000 electric vehicles on the road. Thanks to clean car standards, there are more than 20 different EV options for consumers to choose from. This is an exciting moment for electric vehicles and the consumers who want them. Relatively affordable vehicles that go over 200 miles on a single charge – like the 2017 Chevy Bolt, Tesla 3 and next-generation Nissan LEAF – represent a new generation of electric transportation that is more practical and more affordable than ever. EV technology continues to improve quickly, and the states’ clean cars program is a major reason why.

Sacra / 03.23.2017

Why Automakers Don’t Need Trump To Ease Fuel Economy Regulations

But there's overwhelming evidence that carmakers don't really need a reprieve from the fuel economy rules. Through their own ingenuity, the companies are already well on their way to achieving the targets - which get sharply higher between 2021 and 2025 -- and they're doing it at a cost that's far less than anyone predicted. The latest proof is contained in a new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation, an independent nonprofit organization that aims to provide unbiased technical research to environmental regulators. It's comprised of a bunch of engineers, not lobbyists, with long resumes in the automotive, energy and regulatory industries. These geeks delight in nothing more than digging into technology research papers and attending conferences like the Society of Automotive Engineers to learn about the latest technological breakthroughs and then predicting how those advances will affect efficiency and emissions. These are the guys, after all, who helped uncover Volkswagen's deception on diesel emissions tests. That's why their detailed analysis carries more weight than most arguments I've heard from both sides of the issue.

Forbes / 03.23.2017