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With nearly 250 million light duty vehicles on the road, the United States has the largest vehicle fleet in the world, and annual new vehicle sales second only to China.

Despite its historical role in pioneering vehicle regulations, from the mid-1980s until very recently the U.S. lagged behind other developed nations in passenger vehicle fuel economy standards and emissions regulations (see the global PV standards update), with higher levels of CO2 emissions per mile, higher average fuel consumption, and lower average fuel economy. However, since 2009 the United States has adopted aggressive legislation that could make the country a global leader in fuel efficiency and GHG emissions control. And market demand for fuel-efficient gasoline, hybrid, and electric vehicles is growing.

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Literature review on power utility best practices regarding electric vehicles
Summarizes projects, initiatives, and exemplary practices among electric utilities to promote the integration of electric vehicles and maximize their potential benefits.
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U.S. EPA recall program for light-duty vehicles and light-duty trucks
Reviews the structure of EPA’s emission recall program for light-duty vehicles and trucks (LDV and LDT) and its effectiveness over time and also explains the recall authority, procedures, and coordination among offices.
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Impacts of world class vehicle efficiency and emissions regulations in select G20 countries
Characterizes the climate and health benefits of adopting world-class standards for new vehicle efficiency/CO2 and conventional pollutant emissions in all members of the G20 Transport Task Group.
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From the ICCT Blogs

Lessons learned from Sweden’s electric vehicle rollercoaster
Although the Swedish government is planning to introduce a feebate program in 2018, which will likely bring an end to the EV market rollercoaster, other countries can learn a valuable lesson from the Swedish rebate program: dependable policies are key to steady EV market growth.
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Why are EU manufacturers claiming their defeat devices are not defeat devices?
PSA has admitted to changing emission control calibrations under normal driving—but denies using banned engine software. The gaming of defeat device regulations has gone on for far too long in the EU. It's time for the charade to stop.
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No, fuel economy standards do not put a million US jobs at risk
Ford CEO Mark Fields has to know that the US fuel-economy rules are already designed to “align with market reality.” Maybe he doesn't know that a study he's relying on for his numbers is discreditable.
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The Staff

John German
John German
Senior Fellow / US Co-Lead
Nic Lutsey
Nic Lutsey
Program Director / US Co-Lead
Peter Slowik
Peter Slowik
Associate Researcher