Policy Watch

CARB Supports EPA’s Final Determination on Emissions Standards

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 13, 2017

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced its support for the EPA administrator’s determination that the adopted light-duty vehicle greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission standards for model years 2022-2025 are appropriate. In 2012, CARB agreed to a national program based on federal [Read More]

ISO Publishes Two New Standards for CNG, LNG Fueling

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 06, 2017

In December 2016, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published two international standards that will provide practical tools for the industry and authorities to further develop the infrastructure for natural gas as an automotive fuel. Specifically, the publication of ISO 16923 [Read More]

State Legislature Passes Zero-Emission Vehicle Bill

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 05, 2017

Massachusetts Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, has announced that the state Legislature passed S.2505, An Act Promoting Zero Emission Vehicle Adoption, on Jan. 3, the last day of the legislative session. “Increasing the use of zero-emissions vehicles would reduce our carbon footprint, [Read More]

EPA Responds to Proposed Rulemaking for Ultra-Low NOx Standard

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 28, 2016

Several state and local government agencies petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this year to increase the stringency of the on-highway heavy-duty engine NOx emission standards from 0.2 grams per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr) to 0.02 g/bhp-hr. On Dec. [Read More]

Clean Energy Fuels Leaders Endorse Perry for Secretary of Energy

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 14, 2016

Two executives from Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a North American provider of natural gas fuel for transportation, including compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG), have voiced their support for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for [Read More]

Energy Commission Extends Nat-Gas Engine Funding Opportunity

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 13, 2016

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has extended the application deadline for a $4 million grant funding solicitation for the research and development of natural gas engines for medium- and heavy-duty off-road vehicles, supporting the agricultural, construction, industrial, port and cargo [Read More]

New Pan-Canadian Framework Outlines Electric, ZEV Plans

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 12, 2016

Canada’s First Ministers have issued a joint communique and released the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which includes electric vehicle (EV) and zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) plans, following the First Ministers’ Meeting. According to the release, this framework builds on [Read More]

Global Automakers Calls EPA’s Emissions Decision ‘Hasty’

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 08, 2016

The Association of Global Automakers Inc., which represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers and other automotive-related trade groups, is now calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed determination on model-year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty [Read More]

EPA Sets Final Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements for Biofuels

Posted by Lauren Tyler on November 23, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, this action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage [Read More]

U.K. Government Encouraged to Invest in Hybrid, EV Training

Posted by Lauren Tyler on November 21, 2016

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) in the U.K. is calling on its government to make a $37 million investment in specialist hybrid vehicle and electric vehicle (EV) training for thousands of maintenance and repair technicians in the independent [Read More]

California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project Alters Eligibility Requirements

Posted by Lauren Tyler on October 21, 2016

In order to make clean vehicles, such as electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), more accessible to a greater number of California drivers, especially in communities that are highly impacted by air pollution, the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) [Read More]

NGVAmerica Commends Passage of AFV-Friendly Legislation

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 22, 2016

NGVAmerica has applauded Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, for introducing the Natural Gas Truck Tax Parity Act of 2016, legislation that provides natural gas and other alternative-fueled vehicles with a partial exclusion from the Federal Excise [Read More]

House Committee Debates Bill to Expand Biogas Tax Credits

Posted by Lauren Tyler on June 27, 2016

The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Space, Science and Technology is now debating H.B.5489, a bill that would enable more biogas applications, including compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fuel, to qualify for the federal Section 45 investment tax [Read More]

EPA Proposes Increases in Renewable Fuel Standards

Posted by Lauren Tyler on May 19, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, which was passed in 2005 and expanded in 2007. Per the EPA’s requirements, fuel producers [Read More]

Oregon Makes $6 Million Available for Alt-Fuel Fleet Projects

Posted by Lauren Tyler on April 20, 2016

The Oregon Department of Energy is making available up to $6 million of tax credits to fund alternative fuel vehicle fleet projects and vehicles. The tax credits can be applied to fleets replacing or converting at least two vehicles to [Read More]

California Energy Commission Approves Funds for EV Chargers, NGV Purchases

Posted by Lauren Tyler on April 14, 2016

The California Energy Commission has approved nearly $9 million in grants for the installation of DC fast chargers along major state freeways and highways. These charging stations will allow electric vehicle (EV) drivers to travel from San Diego to the [Read More]

Two EV Bills Under Consideration in Minnesota

Posted by Lauren Tyler on April 12, 2016

The Minnesota state legislature is currently considering two separate bills that could save buyers of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) thousands of dollars come tax day, reports EVObsession. The bills could offer Minnesota EV buyers a tax rebate of [Read More]

Mexico Pressured to Adopt Heavy-duty Vehicle Emissions Standards

Posted by Lauren Tyler on April 05, 2016

Clean air and health advocates in both the U.S. and Mexico have urged the Mexican government to finalize long-delayed heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards and align with emissions limits already in place in the U.S. and Canada. The pending standard – [Read More]

FTA Offering Up To $55 Million for Low- or No-Emissions Transit Vehicles

Posted by Lauren Tyler on April 04, 2016

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is making up to $55 million available for the 2016 fiscal year for the purchase or lease of low- or no-emissions vehicles under the Low or No Emissions (Low-No) Program. The funding can also be used for [Read More]

Seattle Launches Aggressive Electric Vehicle Plan

Posted by Lauren Tyler on March 29, 2016

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced a new initiative focused on leveraging Seattle’s clean electricity usage across the transportation sector. The new plan, called Drive Clean Seattle, aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from the city’s municipal fleet by 50% while [Read More]

EPA: Diesel Engine Grant Program Nets Major Health and Monetary Benefits

Posted by Lauren Tyler on March 28, 2016

Since its start in 2008, the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program has significantly improved air quality for communities across the country by retrofitting and replacing older diesel engines, says a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [Read More]

Connecticut Allocates Funding for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Purchases

Posted by Lauren Tyler on March 17, 2016

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) has announced that it has allocated funding for the purchase of clean fuel vehicles (CFVs) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved diesel retrofit technologies (DRTs). The CT DOT is seeking proposals from public [Read More]

California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project Initiates New Eligibility Requirements

Posted by Lauren Tyler on March 17, 2016

California has announced that it will increase incentives for low- and moderate-income consumers and high-income eligibility caps for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). The California Air Resources Board approved the changes last June, and the revised CVRP program will [Read More]

DOE to Award $12.5 Million for Improved Truck Efficiency

Posted by Lauren Tyler on March 14, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting applications for the formation of a consortium dedicated to research and development of five technologies linked to improving the efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The DOE hopes to award up [Read More]

EPA, NHTSA Seek Comments on Phase 2 Heavy-Duty GHG Reduction Program

Posted by Lauren Tyler on March 10, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have issued a Notice of Data Availability with regard to the Phase 2 Heavy-Duty National Program to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and improve fuel efficiency. The EPA and [Read More]

NHTSA Proposes New Rules for Fuel Cell, Mild Hybrid Vehicles

Posted by Lauren Tyler on March 07, 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to update electrical safety requirements for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and “mild hybrid” vehicles. “A key component of the department’s safety mission is ensuring that [Read More]

Eight Major U.S. Cities Unite to Form Energy Secure Cities Coalition

Posted by Lauren Tyler on March 04, 2016

A group of large and midsize cities from around the country have launched the Energy Secure Cities Coalition (ESCC), a partnership of communities dedicated to transitioning their municipal fleets from petroleum-fueled vehicles to those powered by alternative fuels, such as [Read More]

DOE Announces $80 Million in Funding to Increase SuperTruck Efficiency

Posted by Lauren Tyler on March 01, 2016

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar has announced SuperTruck II, an $80 million funding opportunity for research, development and demonstration of long-haul, tractor-trailer truck technology. Sarkar also announced more than $12 million in selections for three new cost-shared projects [Read More]

Judge Orders Volkswagen to Find Diesel Emissions Fix by March 24

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 29, 2016

A federal judge has given Volkswagen until March 24 to come up with a fix for the estimated 600,000 vehicles affected by the diesel emissions cheating scandal, reports the Associated Press. U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer told Volkswagen [Read More]

EPA Announces Availability of $26 Million to Clean Up Diesel Engines Nationwide

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 26, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making $26 million in grant funding available to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines. Diesel-powered engines move approximately 90% of the nation’s freight [Read More]