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EPA Restores California Greenhouse Gas Emissions Waiver

EPA Restores California Greenhouse Gas Emissions Waiver The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restored the waiver allowing California the authority to enforce more stringent greenhouse gas (GHG) restrictions. This waiver was previously revoked under the Trump administration. This waiver also allows other states to follow in California’s lead and enforce stricter GHG emissions restrictions in…

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U.S. Postal Service Estimates EV Fleet Will Cost $3.3 Billion

U.S. Postal Service Estimates EV Fleet Will Cost $3.3 Billion The U.S. Postal Service released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement last month that analyzes a variety of proposed solutions for new purchases in the postal service fleet. The agency estimates that it would cost $3.3 billion or more to transition the postal service fleet to…

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California Air Resources Board Releases EV Charging Station Map

California Air Resources Board Releases EV Charging Station Map The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released an interactive map showing all of the electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in California. This map is in accordance with a resolution that was passed by the state legislature directing CARB to create maps of the network of…

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NHTSA Proposes 8% Annual Gains in Fuel Economy

NHTSA Proposes 8% Annual Gains in Fuel Economy The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced regulations this week that will increase the requirements for fuel economy standards to 8 percent per year. This amount was decreased during the Trump administration to just 1.5% per year. This regulation applies to vehicles model years 2024 through…

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President Biden Announces Executive Order on Electric Vehicles

President Biden Announces Executive Order on Electric Vehicles President Biden signed an executive order today entitled “Strengthening American Leadership on Clean Cars and Trucks”. This order is meant to serve as a first step toward electrifying the United States vehicle fleet. President Biden signed the order in the company of the three major auto manufacturing…

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Legislation Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Legislation Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Levin (D-Mich) introduced a bill, the Electric Vehicles Freedom Act, that would establish a nationwide network of public electric vehicle charging stations. This legislation is part of a larger push toward electrifying the transportation sector as part of President Biden’s American Jobs…

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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Holds Hearing on Electric Vehicles

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Holds Hearing on Electric Vehicles The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee held a hearing today on “The Clean Future Act: Driving Decarbonization of the Transportation Sector”. The committee members heard testimony from:   Amol Phadke, M.S., Ph.D, Staff Scientist and Deputy Department Head, International Energy…

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NHTSA Proposes Reinstating California Emissions Authority

NHTSA Proposes Reinstating California Emissions Authority The National Highway Transit Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing restoring California and other state’s ability to set more stringent limits on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes. California has a waiver under the Clean Air Act that gives the state special regulatory authority in environmental issues. However, the Trump…

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Coalition of State Governors Ask Biden for Exclusively Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035

Coalition of State Governors Ask Biden for Exclusively Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035 The twelve governors of California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington sent a letter to President Joe Biden this week urging him to set a zero-emission transportation goal for 2035. In their…

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Biden Faces Decision in ITC Electric Battery Case

Biden Faces Decision in ITC Electric Battery Case President Joe Biden faces a decision this week of whether or not to overturn the International Trade Commission decision that ruled that South Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation misused trade secrets to gain an unfair competitive decision.   In 2019, South Korean battery maker LG Chem accused…

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