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Posts Tagged: EV Regulations

DC proposes extra fees on heavy vehicles—including EVs

The proliferation of supersized vehicles has caused or exacerbated a number of problems—not only do large pickups and SUVs spew more air pollution than smaller vehicles, but they are more likely to kill or injure pedestrians and cyclists, and they increase road wear. Several European jurisdictions have enacted measures to address “truck bloat.” In France,… Read more »

Thousands petition Toyota to cease anti-EV lobbying efforts

It’s an open secret that, even as automakers announce ambitious plans for new EV models, and air EV ads featuring smiling grandparents, the companies actively fight against the kind of government regulations that are forcing them to produce EVs in the first place. Corporate watchdog SumOfUs recently delivered a petition to Toyota signed by more… Read more »

Even as automakers push EVs, they continue lobbying against climate action

Automakers are continuing to improve their electric vehicles, expanding the selection of models, and (finally!) running some substantial ad campaigns for their EV offerings. Some of them are talking huge games for the future, making headlines with plans to introduce dozens of new EVs, and even to phase out gas-burners. However (surprise, surprise), most of… Read more »

New Mexico adopts Clean Cars standards

The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board and the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board have unanimously voted to adopt Clean Cars rules, following “a robust stakeholder engagement process over the past year.” The Clean Cars standards consist of Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards. The former requires automakers to sell increasing… Read more »

NHTSA raises fines for automakers that violate fuel economy rules

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reinstated a previously-enacted increase in penalties for automakers whose vehicles don’t meet fuel efficiency standards for model years 2019 and beyond. Federal fuel efficiency requirements have proven to be an effective incentive for legacy automakers to begin selling EVs (they have also saved drivers millions of dollars… Read more »

DOE announces funding opportunities for US battery supply chain efforts

Based on funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the DOE says it will provide $2.91 billion in the coming months to strengthen the US battery supply chain. The DOE says the funding will support new, retrofitted and expanded battery materials and cell recycling and production facilities. The funding will also contribute to research, development and… Read more »

Florida lawmaker says public chargers should be exempt from utility demand charges

Utility demand charges—steep fees that commercial customers pay when their power consumption exceeds a certain level—are the bane of public charging operators, and most Charged readers are probably familiar with how they work. Average Joe and Jane, however, are blissfully ignorant of their existence, and might be shocked to learn that they represent a roadblock… Read more »

Former EPA exec Margo Oge explains the new federal emissions rules

The Biden administration has announced three major pro-EV initiatives in recent months—a revamping of the federal tax credits, an infrastructure funding package, and new EPA emissions standards. However, government programs are always complex, and they tend to undergo major revisions between the proposal and policy stages. To help us sort out how the new policies… Read more »

GM confirms California’s authority to set emissions standards, officially ending boycott

GM has agreed to recognize California’s authority to set vehicle emissions standards under the Clean Air Act. Well, isn’t that magnanimous of the company, to allow the state government to pass its own laws? For those of you who’ve just joined us: In 2017, major automakers asked the incoming US president to water down federal… Read more »

EPA’s new emissions rules—the best EV news from Washington in years

The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a set of new auto emissions standards, which the New York Times calls “the most significant climate action taken to date by the Biden administration, and [the] highest level ever set for fuel economy.” The story so far: In 2017, major automakers asked the incoming US president to… Read more »