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To be fast or to be furious?

Three years have passed since ICCT’s popular staff blog "Fast and Furious" discussed China’s bold actions to slash gasoline and diesel sulfur content for on-road vehicles and predicting a likely...If China wants to maximize the benefit of its emission area control zones, it should go beyond its own territorial waters.
Published 2018.10.04: Blog Post

Why efficiency technology still matters in China

On September 5, 2018, six years after its retreat from the U.S. car market., the Suzuki Motor Corp. officially pulled out of China. As stated by Suzuki’s Chairman, the consumer shift in China towards...Until BEVs are able to meet the needs of mainstream vehicle market in China, manufacturers are continuing to develop advanced efficiency technologies for use in conventional vehicles. 
Published 2018.09.17: Blog Post

The future is electric, but why’s it taking so long?

As clean energy policy and business leaders convene in San Francisco for the September 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit, few topics of discussion are as hot as how to transition to electric...Many automakers have shared details on their plans for an electric future. How does it stack up to public policy goals?
Published 2018.09.06: Blog Post

China VI: A milestone for the world’s transition to soot-free vehicles

On June 28, China officially released the China VI emission standard for new heavy-duty vehicles, which is equivalent to, or in some aspects even more stringent, than the Euro VI emission standard....On June 28, China officially released the China VI emission standard for new heavy-duty vehicles. If effectively implemented, it will transition all new heavy-duty vehicles in China to soot-free...
Published 2018.07.03: Blog Post

China IV non-road standards: A golden opportunity to advance stringent limits and mandate filters

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan on Ecological & Environmental Protection, released on December 5, 2016, indicates that China will accelerate the design, revision, and implementation of emission...To lead the way in effectively controlling emissions from non-road vehicles, it is crucial for China to advance the China IV standards, as more stringent requirements on emissions will always lead to...
Published 2017.08.25: Blog Post

Subsidy fraud leads to reforms for China’s EV market

As the largest auto market in the world, China has been committed to promoting electric vehicles (EVs) since 2009; the country aims to have 5 million EVs on Chinese roads by 2020. To reach this...Policy adjustments, created largely in response to the high-profile subsidy fraud scandal, mark major reforms for China’s EV market. As an old Chinese saying goes, “A loss may turn out to be a gain...
Published 2017.05.30: Blog Post

Cities compete to claim title of world EV capital

Perhaps now more than ever we should look to cities for innovative transportation policies. Cities face transport issues up close, and I don’t mean potholes, tolls, traffic, and parking. Roadways of...Perhaps now more than ever we should look to cities for innovative transportation policies. As attractive new electric models hit markets everywhere, more cities can learn from each other about what...
Published 2017.03.06: Blog Post

Beyond hazardous

In Beijing, air pollution is once again off the charts. The first red alert of the winter was issued in December while I was there, and the heavy smog (mixed with apparently hazardous fog) is now...In Beijing, air pollution is once again off the charts. The air-quality challenge is exacerbated by geographical and meteorological conditions, but the human-made pollution is anything but a natural...
Published 2017.01.04: Blog Post

Reading the tea leaves in ICAO’s market-based measure

News is flying fast and furious from Montreal these days about the development of ICAO’s market-based measure (MBM) for offsetting emissions growth from international aviation. Following last week’s...Revised text on the development of ICAO’s MBM for offsetting emissions growth from international aviation has been posted and would offset 60% to 80%+ of traffic growth, depending on who opt ins.
Published 2016.09.02: Blog Post

China's latest step forward on vehicle emissions regulation

On June 6–7, the Eighth Round of the U.S.–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue was held in Beijing. The two nations are making remarkable progress toward reducing the environmental and energy impact...The newly announced implementation timeline of the China 6/VI vehicle emission standard will accelerate the introduction of the most stringent emission reduction requirements and advanced emission...
Published 2016.07.11: Blog Post

The world turns to electric vehicles

It seems the world can’t shift quickly enough to electric vehicles. Within the past few months there has been a steady drumbeat of stories about possible bans on combustion vehicles, prompting calls...Progression to a robust electric vehicle market is happening, and the world is turning, but the question that remains is how fast? And the answer largely depends on if everyone – governments,...
Published 2016.06.22: Blog Post

The European Union’s leadership void on heavy-duty vehicle GHG standards

Many countries around the world look to Europe as a guiding example for vehicle and fuel environmental policy. For the past 20 years, India, China, Russia, Australia, Thailand, and S. Korea (to cite...If the European Comission persists in its indecision around GHG regulation for HDVs, they risk falling behind the US and other countries in HDV efficiency technology development and deployment. 
Published 2016.06.13: Blog Post

2015 Global electric vehicle trends: Which markets are up (the most)

Judging from what we see of automakers' product planning, they are continuing to emphasize electrification even though oil prices seem unlikely to recover anytime soon. Late in 2015, Volkswagen chose...The state of the EV market in 2015: Countries with relatively high EV sales, as a percentage of new vehicle sales, remained high while others with lower EV sales were still catching up.
Published 2016.05.18: Blog Post

China still lagging on fuel consumption in 2014

Following the timeline determined in the Corporate Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) accounting rule, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released its 2014 CAFC report in...With an average fuel consumption of 7.22 L/100km for the 2014 passenger vehicle fleet, will China be able to meet the national fuel consumption goal of 6.9 L/100km in 2015?
Published 2015.09.18: Blog Post

Why the United States Must Lead in Reducing Aviation Emissions

There’s big news in the world of aviation and environmental policy this week. After more than seven years of deliberation, punctuated by legal challenges from environmentalists, the US Environmental...The US EPA published a draft “endangerment” finding that is the first formal step toward regulating aviation greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. With luck, EPA’s actions will also translate...
Published 2015.06.15: Blog Post

Truckin’.exe: Using computer simulations to certify the fuel efficiency of trucks

A couple of months ago we published a paper looking at differences in efficiency between EU, US, and Chinese trucks, and we theorized that the adoption of efficiency technologies is likely slower in...A global, harmonized tool for HDV efficiency computer simulations would highly desirable, because it would improve the quality and comparability of data and reduce costs for both regulators and...
Published 2015.06.04: Blog Post

Fast and Furious

China’s State Council decided last month to lower the cap on sulfur content in gasoline and diesel for on-road vehicles to 10 parts per million (ppm) in 2016. This is a huge leap for a country whose...Having slashed sulfur content limits for on-road diesel fuel, China's policymakers may turn their attention to other sources of particulate pollution. With official limits for marine fuel an eye-...
Published 2015.05.18: Blog Post

Exploring the climate and health benefits from public transit

As the world rapidly becomes more motorized and more urban, it faces an increasingly urgent dilemma: how to move people efficiently while improving air quality and reducing climate impacts. In high-...It is possible to mitigate climate change and lower health impacts through less reliance on private automobiles, reduced urban sprawl, higher rates of public transit, and stringent vehicle emission...
Published 2015.05.08: Blog Post

2014 fuel price turbulence didn’t pull the plug on EVs

Among the biggest stories of 2014 was the crash in global oil prices. Just when it looked like the world had started to take $100/barrel oil for granted, prices plunged by 50 percent. Some speculated...The global vehicle market continued its strong uptake of EVs in 2014, despite the collapse in oil price. 
Published 2015.04.28: Blog Post

Want to help China's smog problem? Some lessons learned from the U.S. Clean Air Act

Over the past two weeks, former CCTV reporter Chai Jing’s documentary “Under the Dome – Investigating China’s Smog” caused a sensation in China and the rest of the world. We were (naturally)...China is in the process of amending its Clean Air Law. Experience with the CAA highlights some key principles that can help give environmental agencies the teeth they need.
Published 2015.03.13: Blog Post

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