03 Apr '18, 11am

Inside automakers' Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to emissions rules

Inside automakers' Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to emissions rules

By many measures, the auto industry has been moving swiftly to electrify new vehicle models, invest in a future of battery-powered cars and leave the internal combustion car behind. However, traces of the conflicted era of the “compliance car” and GM’s EV1 debacle are still alive and well some two decades later. On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it plans to start the process of weakening pollution rules for cars and light trucks for model years 2022 to 2025. In 2012, President Barack Obama announced the greenhouse reduction and fuel efficiency rules, called the CAFE standards, which require automakers to almost double the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks by 2025. In a release on Monday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt called the Obama administration’s determination on the standards “wrong” and said the fuel efficiency ru...

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