The Truth About Cars » CARB http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 01 May 2016 16:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Volkswagen to Buy Back or Fix Diesels, Compensate Owners and Environment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/volkswagen-buy-back-fix-diesels-compensate-owners-environment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/volkswagen-buy-back-fix-diesels-compensate-owners-environment/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:58:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1329521 Embattled automaker Volkswagen reached a long-awaited settlement deal in principle with regulators this morning in a California courtroom. Before presiding judge Charles Breyer, Volkswagen agreed to buy back afflicted diesel models from U.S. buyers, while compensating their owners from a newly created fund. The automaker would accept early termination on leased models, and fix some vehicles […]

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Embattled automaker Volkswagen reached a long-awaited settlement deal in principle with regulators this morning in a California courtroom. Before presiding judge Charles Breyer, Volkswagen agreed to buy back afflicted diesel models from U.S. buyers, while compensating their owners from a newly created fund. The automaker would accept early termination on leased models, and fix some vehicles […]

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Volkswagen Might Pay Every U.S. Diesel Owner $5,000 to Avoid a Trial http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/volkswagen-might-pay-every-diesel-owner-5000-to-avoid-a-trial/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/volkswagen-might-pay-every-diesel-owner-5000-to-avoid-a-trial/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:05:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1328841 On the eve of a key U.S. deadline for a diesel emissions fix, Volkswagen has reportedly agreed to pay all American owners of afflicted TDI models $5,000 each. The deal, reported by Germany’s Die Welt newspaper, would allow the automaker to avoid going to trial this summer, according to Automotive News. Volkswagen was facing an April 21 […]

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On the eve of a key U.S. deadline for a diesel emissions fix, Volkswagen has reportedly agreed to pay all American owners of afflicted TDI models $5,000 each. The deal, reported by Germany’s Die Welt newspaper, would allow the automaker to avoid going to trial this summer, according to Automotive News. Volkswagen was facing an April 21 […]

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Volkswagen Won’t Even Look at its First-Quarter Earnings http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/volkswagen-wont-even-look-at-its-first-quarter-earnings/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/volkswagen-wont-even-look-at-its-first-quarter-earnings/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:30:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1327753 Nope. Nuh-uh. Not gonna do it. That was Volkswagen’s reaction to the idea of publishing its first-quarter results on time, according to Automotive News Europe, meaning the automaker’s current financial standing will be unknown until May 31. The beleaguered company has bigger things to deal with in the near term — mainly, meeting the U.S. government’s […]

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Nope. Nuh-uh. Not gonna do it. That was Volkswagen’s reaction to the idea of publishing its first-quarter results on time, according to Automotive News Europe, meaning the automaker’s current financial standing will be unknown until May 31. The beleaguered company has bigger things to deal with in the near term — mainly, meeting the U.S. government’s […]

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Volkswagen Gets a New Diesel Deadline, But There Won’t Be Another http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/volkswagen-gets-new-diesel-deadline-wont-another/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/volkswagen-gets-new-diesel-deadline-wont-another/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1311194 After missing today’s deadline for a U.S. emissions fix, Volkswagen has been issued a new one, and will now face a summer trial if the date passes without a plan to cure its diesel ills. The extension of the deadline until April 21 was issued by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, who had earlier set the March […]

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After missing today’s deadline for a U.S. emissions fix, Volkswagen has been issued a new one, and will now face a summer trial if the date passes without a plan to cure its diesel ills. The extension of the deadline until April 21 was issued by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, who had earlier set the March […]

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Volkswagen Prepares its Pollution Penance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/volkswagen-prepares-pollution-pennance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/volkswagen-prepares-pollution-pennance/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 19:30:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1306057 After its excessively dirty diesels polluted the nation’s air for years, Volkswagen is on the verge of making environmental reparations in the U.S. and state of California, Bloomberg reports. The automaker is reportedly in talks with U.S authorities to create two remediation funds aimed at offsetting some of the environmental (and possibly legal) damage resulting […]

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After its excessively dirty diesels polluted the nation’s air for years, Volkswagen is on the verge of making environmental reparations in the U.S. and state of California, Bloomberg reports. The automaker is reportedly in talks with U.S authorities to create two remediation funds aimed at offsetting some of the environmental (and possibly legal) damage resulting […]

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Unfixable Volkswagen Diesels Could Keep Living the California Dream http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/unfixable-volkswagen-diesels-keep-living-california-dream/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/unfixable-volkswagen-diesels-keep-living-california-dream/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 18:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1300649 There’s a chance that older Volkswagen TDI models branded as pollution monsters in the ongoing diesel emissions scandal could keep rolling along the avenues and alleyways of the Golden State. On March 8, California’s air regulator floated the idea that diesels that can’t fully be brought back into compliance with state laws might get a […]

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There’s a chance that older Volkswagen TDI models branded as pollution monsters in the ongoing diesel emissions scandal could keep rolling along the avenues and alleyways of the Golden State. On March 8, California’s air regulator floated the idea that diesels that can’t fully be brought back into compliance with state laws might get a […]

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Ask the Editor: Why Can’t I Buy a Dodge Dart GT Manual in PA? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-the-editor-why-cant-i-buy-a-dodge-dart-gt-manual-in-pa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-the-editor-why-cant-i-buy-a-dodge-dart-gt-manual-in-pa/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:05:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282786 Duncan writes: Because I want a car that will depreciate faster than my 2014 Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, I inquired at a local Pennsylvania Dodge dealer about a 2016 Dart GT with a manual transmission. After a week of them trying to order one for me, I was told that the factory would not sell the Dart GT with […]

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Duncan writes: Because I want a car that will depreciate faster than my 2014 Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, I inquired at a local Pennsylvania Dodge dealer about a 2016 Dart GT with a manual transmission. After a week of them trying to order one for me, I was told that the factory would not sell the Dart GT with […]

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Volkswagen Beats EPA Buzzer, Details Fix to US Officials http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/volkswagen-beats-epa-buzzer-details-fix-to-us-officials/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/volkswagen-beats-epa-buzzer-details-fix-to-us-officials/#comments Sun, 22 Nov 2015 16:37:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1224761 On Friday, Volkswagen of America detailed its plan to fix nearly 500,000 illegally polluting diesels in the United States to officials with the Environmental Protection Agency, the government body announced in a statement late Friday. The automaker was required to detail the fix no later than Friday. The EPA, along with the California Air Resources Board, will […]

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On Friday, Volkswagen of America detailed its plan to fix nearly 500,000 illegally polluting diesels in the United States to officials with the Environmental Protection Agency, the government body announced in a statement late Friday. The automaker was required to detail the fix no later than Friday. The EPA, along with the California Air Resources Board, will […]

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Report: Volkswagen Alone in Cheating So Far, Testing Shows http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/report-volkswagen-alone-cheating-far-testing-shows/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/report-volkswagen-alone-cheating-far-testing-shows/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:30:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1215937 Increased scrutiny on diesel-powered cars’ emissions hasn’t revealed any other cheating cars beyond Volkswagen’s models, German magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported (via Reuters). In an interview with California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols, the German outlet reported that Nichols said Volkswagen appeared to be alone in cheating so far. “Up until now we have found no […]

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Increased scrutiny on diesel-powered cars’ emissions hasn’t revealed any other cheating cars beyond Volkswagen’s models, German magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported (via Reuters). In an interview with California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols, the German outlet reported that Nichols said Volkswagen appeared to be alone in cheating so far. “Up until now we have found no […]

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Review: 2015 Kia Soul EV (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/review-2015-kia-soul-ev-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/review-2015-kia-soul-ev-video/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1042177   EV “conversions” make for strange bedfellows when it comes to competition. There is no gasoline Kia Soul that competed even slightly with Mercedes or BMW. Oddly enough however, when you electrify one of the least expensive cars in America, you end up with with a Kia on the same cross-shop list as the i3 […]

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  EV “conversions” make for strange bedfellows when it comes to competition. There is no gasoline Kia Soul that competed even slightly with Mercedes or BMW. Oddly enough however, when you electrify one of the least expensive cars in America, you end up with with a Kia on the same cross-shop list as the i3 […]

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Review: 2015 BMW i3 Range Extender aka i3 REx (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/review-2015-bmw-i3-range-extender-aka-i3-rex-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/review-2015-bmw-i3-range-extender-aka-i3-rex-video/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:24:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1018290 Some call it a hybrid, some call it an EV. Some have called it a REx, a BEVx, a landmark vehicle in EV production, and others simply call it ugly. One things is for sure however, the 2015 BMW i3 turns more heads in Northern California than a Tesla Model S. Not since I last […]

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Some call it a hybrid, some call it an EV. Some have called it a REx, a BEVx, a landmark vehicle in EV production, and others simply call it ugly. One things is for sure however, the 2015 BMW i3 turns more heads in Northern California than a Tesla Model S. Not since I last […]

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Hyundai, Kia Fined $300M By State, Federal Agencies Over Erroneous Fuel Economy Numbers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/hyundai-kia-fined-300m-state-federal-agencies-erroneous-fuel-economy-numbers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/hyundai-kia-fined-300m-state-federal-agencies-erroneous-fuel-economy-numbers/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 11:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=940209 Being an asterisk regarding fuel economy numbers isn’t the only penance Hyundai and Kia must pay: The U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board dropped a collective $300 million penalty on the South Korean brands for mistating fuel economy numbers on their respective 2011-2013 lineups. Autoblog reports the […]

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Being an asterisk regarding fuel economy numbers isn’t the only penance Hyundai and Kia must pay: The U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board dropped a collective $300 million penalty on the South Korean brands for mistating fuel economy numbers on their respective 2011-2013 lineups. Autoblog reports the […]

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Tesla Leads Sellers of CARB ZEV Credits, Chrysler Biggest Buyer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/tesla-leads-sellers-of-carb-zev-credits-chrysler-biggest-buyer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/tesla-leads-sellers-of-carb-zev-credits-chrysler-biggest-buyer/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:19:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=626801 According to data released by the California Air Resources Board, CARB, Tesla Motors was the top seller of the zero-emission vehicle credits that regulatory board requires car makers to have if they want to sell cars in that state. Toyota was the top seller of hybrid-car credits. Tesla sold 1,311.52 ZEV credits from Oct. 1, 2012, […]

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According to data released by the California Air Resources Board, CARB, Tesla Motors was the top seller of the zero-emission vehicle credits that regulatory board requires car makers to have if they want to sell cars in that state. Toyota was the top seller of hybrid-car credits. Tesla sold 1,311.52 ZEV credits from Oct. 1, 2012, […]

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Piston Slap: Fix my Bro-Ham, Sanjeev! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-fix-my-bro-ham-sanjeev/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-fix-my-bro-ham-sanjeev/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:48:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486710 Mark writes: Hello Sanjeev, I have a problem and hope you can help me. My Cadillac Brougham with the 307 V8 smells like gas under the hood. This is intermittent and the last time it was in the shop the mechanic found no leaks under the car or around the carb. I did some internet […]

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Mark writes: Hello Sanjeev, I have a problem and hope you can help me. My Cadillac Brougham with the 307 V8 smells like gas under the hood. This is intermittent and the last time it was in the shop the mechanic found no leaks under the car or around the carb. I did some internet […]

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Review: 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2012-toyota-prius-plug-in-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2012-toyota-prius-plug-in-hybrid/#comments Sun, 02 Sep 2012 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457237 Public beta tests are common in the computer world where a group of fanatics pound your beta to death and help you find the problems. In the automotive world this activity is not only rare, it runs contrary to the cash spent on dressing future cars in swirly vinyl. The Prius plug-in is different. Toyota […]

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Public beta tests are common in the computer world where a group of fanatics pound your beta to death and help you find the problems. In the automotive world this activity is not only rare, it runs contrary to the cash spent on dressing future cars in swirly vinyl. The Prius plug-in is different. Toyota […]

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California Volt Drivers Get Carpool Lane Access http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/california-volt-drivers-get-carpool-lane-access/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/california-volt-drivers-get-carpool-lane-access/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:39:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428619 Starting in March, the Chevrolet Volt will be eligible to use the HOV lane on California highways. The catch? You have to buy a new Volt to use the carpool lane. General Motors added a secondary air-injection pump to the Volt’s catalytic converter in order for the Volt to meet certain emission requirements. The Volt will […]

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Starting in March, the Chevrolet Volt will be eligible to use the HOV lane on California highways. The catch? You have to buy a new Volt to use the carpool lane. General Motors added a secondary air-injection pump to the Volt’s catalytic converter in order for the Volt to meet certain emission requirements. The Volt will […]

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CARB Wants 15.4 Percent Of New Cars To Be Plug-In, Hydrogen By 2025 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/carb-wants-15-4-percent-of-new-cars-to-be-plug-in-hydrogen-by-2025/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/carb-wants-15-4-percent-of-new-cars-to-be-plug-in-hydrogen-by-2025/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 19:56:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428435 CARB has mandated that 15.4 percent of new vehicles sold in California by 2025 must be plug-in, electric or fuel cell powered. The new mandate was supported by major OEMs and could mean as many as 1.4 million zero-emissions vehicles (as well as plug-in cars) on California roads by 2025. Regulators are hoping to offer […]

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CARB has mandated that 15.4 percent of new vehicles sold in California by 2025 must be plug-in, electric or fuel cell powered. The new mandate was supported by major OEMs and could mean as many as 1.4 million zero-emissions vehicles (as well as plug-in cars) on California roads by 2025. Regulators are hoping to offer […]

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Piston Slap: Playing Super Breakout by Itself? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/piston-slap-playing-super-breakout-by-itself/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/piston-slap-playing-super-breakout-by-itself/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427725   C.V. writes: I am a mechanical engineering student looking to learn how to work on cars. My friend has given me the opportunity to take his 1988 Mazda B2200 extra-cab 5-speed. When I drove it, I saw why. The catalytic converter has broken off, and apparently pieces of it are in the exhaust. Would […]

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  C.V. writes: I am a mechanical engineering student looking to learn how to work on cars. My friend has given me the opportunity to take his 1988 Mazda B2200 extra-cab 5-speed. When I drove it, I saw why. The catalytic converter has broken off, and apparently pieces of it are in the exhaust. Would […]

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CARB To Bump ZEV Mandate, Automakers Fight Back http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/carb-to-bump-zev-mandate-automakers-fight-back/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/carb-to-bump-zev-mandate-automakers-fight-back/#comments Sat, 11 Jun 2011 21:01:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398316 The WSJ [sub] reports California regulators want zero-emission vehicles—those that don’t run on petroleum—to comprise up to 5.5% of new-car sales in the state, or roughly 81,300, in 2018. The target would rise annually to 14%, or more than 227,600, by 2025… Tom Cackette, chief deputy executive officer of the California Air Resources Board, says […]

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The WSJ [sub] reports California regulators want zero-emission vehicles—those that don’t run on petroleum—to comprise up to 5.5% of new-car sales in the state, or roughly 81,300, in 2018. The target would rise annually to 14%, or more than 227,600, by 2025… Tom Cackette, chief deputy executive officer of the California Air Resources Board, says […]

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EPA, CARB Align Emission Standards Schedules http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/epa-carb-align-emission-standards-schedules/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/epa-carb-align-emission-standards-schedules/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2011 01:30:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=381753 California, the perennial thorn in the side of the EPA’s emissions-regulation scheme, has bowed to federal pressure and will wait until September of this year to release its 2017-2025 Model Year emissions standard proposal, by which time the EPA will be ready to announce its own national scheme. Prior to today’s announcement, California’s Air Resources […]

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California, the perennial thorn in the side of the EPA’s emissions-regulation scheme, has bowed to federal pressure and will wait until September of this year to release its 2017-2025 Model Year emissions standard proposal, by which time the EPA will be ready to announce its own national scheme. Prior to today’s announcement, California’s Air Resources […]

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California Denies Volt AT-PZEV Status, Tax Rebate, HOV Access http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/california-denies-volt-at-pzev-status-tax-rebate-hov-access/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/california-denies-volt-at-pzev-status-tax-rebate-hov-access/#comments Wed, 28 Jul 2010 17:26:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361732 With Chevy’s Volt priced at an eye-popping $41k before tax breaks, those tax breaks are now more important than ever. The first 200k Volts will qualify for up to $7,500 in federal credits, but Chevrolet had to be hoping for state incentives on top of the federal credit, especially in the key launch state of […]

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With Chevy’s Volt priced at an eye-popping $41k before tax breaks, those tax breaks are now more important than ever. The first 200k Volts will qualify for up to $7,500 in federal credits, but Chevrolet had to be hoping for state incentives on top of the federal credit, especially in the key launch state of […]

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California Cool Car Rules Dropped http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/california-cool-car-rules-dropped/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/california-cool-car-rules-dropped/#comments Sun, 28 Mar 2010 18:17:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350583 Remember how the California Air Resources Board was contemplating banning black cars because air conditioning uses so much C02 (or not)? Well, the madness is over, as The Detroit News reports that California’s proposed “Cool Car” rules are dead. What killed them (besides common sense and the laws of diminishing returns)? Law enforcement, for one, […]

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Remember how the California Air Resources Board was contemplating banning black cars because air conditioning uses so much C02 (or not)? Well, the madness is over, as The Detroit News reports that California’s proposed “Cool Car” rules are dead. What killed them (besides common sense and the laws of diminishing returns)? Law enforcement, for one, […]

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California Threatens To Move Fuel Economy Goalposts. Again. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/california-threatens-to-move-fuel-economy-goalposts-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/california-threatens-to-move-fuel-economy-goalposts-again/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2010 20:52:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342433 The Detroit Free Press reports that a recent filing by the California Air Resources Board [Full filing in PDF format here] threatens that a rapid ramp-up to the proposed 35.5 mpg 2016 standard and a reduction in zero-emission vehicle credits are necessary “to ensure California’s continued support.” CARB spokesman Stanley Young explains that “what we […]

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The Detroit Free Press reports that a recent filing by the California Air Resources Board [Full filing in PDF format here] threatens that a rapid ramp-up to the proposed 35.5 mpg 2016 standard and a reduction in zero-emission vehicle credits are necessary “to ensure California’s continued support.” CARB spokesman Stanley Young explains that “what we […]

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