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U.S. fuel economy trends reflect a business strategy, not a technology challenge

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released its 1975-2017 Fuel Economy Trends report and its 2016 Manufacturer Performance report. For the last year or two the auto manufacturers have been...The next time somebody cries crocodile tears about how sales trends show the automakers struggling to meet the fuel economy targets and falling behind despite their best efforts, tell them you want...
Published 2018.01.19: Blog Post

Should Peru implement a fuel economy feebate system?

Peru has the fastest growing passenger car fleet in Latin America, thanks to the country's strong economic growth. From 2005 to 2015, annual sales of passenger cars increased more than 9 times, a 25...Peru is committed to the Global Fuel Economy Initiative “100 for 50 by 50” campaign, and the Peruvian government intent on reducing vehicle fuel consumption. That may open policy windows to...
Published 2018.01.19: Blog Post

South Africa's new passenger vehicle CO2 emission standards: Baseline determination and benefits assessment

South Africa’s new passenger vehicle fleet is the largest on the African continent and the 18th largest globally. South African manufacturers sold more than 412,000 new vehicles in 2015, and exported...
Published 2018.01.17: Publication

Naming and shaming manufacturers only works if you have a strong regulator

Defeat devices, airbags that spray metal shards when they deploy, malfunctioning exhaust catalysts . . . what next will cause car manufacturers to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles? Nissan,...Even though Japan’s compliance and enforcement program is one of the most comprehensive, it could still be improved. Japan has an outsize influence on compliance and enforcement worldwide because it...
Published 2018.01.17: Blog Post

The future of transportation: autonomous and…internal combustion?

*/ /*-->*/ Technology is revolutionizing the way we get around, as illustrated by the millions of people who have used an app to rent, share, or hail a ride. Technological breakthroughs are...A common, comforting assumption about the future of transportation is that it will be autonomous, shared, and electric, which implies that it will offer deep emissions reductions. The problem with...
Published 2018.01.16: Blog Post

Chinaʻs New Energy Vehicle mandate policy (final rule)

China finalized its New Energy Vehicle (NEV) mandate in September 2017. The NEV mandate is a modified version of Californiaʻs Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate, with goals of promoting new energy...
Published 2018.01.11: Publication

Introducing Soot-free Transport

The new year has welcomed more of the same bad air in Delhi and the Valley of Mexico, while Beijing is definitely breathing easier than last winter. Diesel vehicles are a part of the problem in each...The truth is that we’ve had ready solutions at hand for the 15+ years that I’ve been working on urban air pollution. Today, soot-free transport solutions are ever more available, with manufacturers...
Published 2018.01.11: Blog Post

The European Commission regulatory proposal for post-2020 CO2 targets for cars and vans

On November 8, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published its regulatory proposal for post-2020 carbon dioxide targets for new passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles (vans). The proposed...
Published 2018.01.09: Publication

Air quality and health benefits of improved fuel and vehicle emissions standards in Mexico

At the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in June 2016, the heads of the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States agreed to “commit to reduce air pollutant emissions by aligning air...
Published 2018.01.03: Publication

VW defeat devices: A comparison of U.S. and EU required fixes

Following the revelations that Volkswagen had embedded defeat devices in its software calibrations for all of its 2009–2014 diesels in Europe and 2009–2015 diesels in the US, regulatory agencies have...
Published 2017.12.14: Publication

European vehicle market statistics, 2017/2018

The annual European Vehicle Market Statistics Pocketbook offers a statistical portrait of passenger car, light commercial vehicle, and heavy-duty vehicle fleets in the European Union since 2001, with...
Published 2017.11.28: Publication

ICCT wins 2017 Climate and Clean Air Award for Transformative Action

Bonn, November 12, 2017: The 2017 Climate and Clean Air Award for Transformative Action has gone to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), for its initiative to conduct checks of...
Published 2017.11.12: News

Early Christmas present to the car industry, or lump of coal? The European Commission regulatory proposal for reducing new vehicle CO2 emissions post-2020

The timing was chosen carefully. The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP) had just started in Bonn, Germany, when the European Commission revealed its regulatory proposal for reducing CO2 emissions from...A first reaction to the European Commission's proposal, released yesterday, for extending the new-car and light-commercial vehicle CO2 emissions standards out to 2030.
Published 2017.11.09: Blog Post

Unterschied zwischen offiziellem und realem Kraftstoffverbrauch für neue Pkw in Europa höher als jemals zuvor

Der reale Kraftstoffverbrauch neuer Pkw liegt heute durchschnittlich um 42 Prozent höher als der von den Fahrzeugherstellern angegebene Testverbrauch. Auf Autofahrer kommen damit Mehrausgaben für...
Published 2017.11.05: News

From laboratory to road: A 2017 update

This 2017 update of the From Laboratory to Road series covers 1.1 million passenger cars from 14 data sources and eight European countries. The analysis shows that the gap between official and real-...
Published 2017.11.05: Publication

From laboratory to road international: A comparison of official and real-world fuel consumption and CO2 values for passenger cars in Europe, the United States, China, and Japan

This study investigates the gap between real-world and official CO2 emission values in the four largest vehicle markets in the world: China, the EU, Japan, and the United States. The analysis shows...
Published 2017.11.05: Publication

2020-2030 CO2 standards for new cars and light-commercial vehicles in the European Union

New passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles (vans) in the European Union are subject to mandatory carbon dioxide standards until 2020–2021. The European Commission, European Parliament, and EU...
Published 2017.10.26: Publication

A step forward in Europe on measuring in-use vehicle emissions

[This post originally appeared on the TRUE initiative website, www.trueinitiative.org, 16 Oct 2017] On 28 September 2017 three Members of the European Parliament, Kathleen Van Brempt (Beligum),...In September three MEPs convened a fruitful discussion on using remote sensing technology to measure pollutant emissions in vehicle exhaust in Europe’s cities.
Published 2017.10.23: Blog Post

London’s Clean Car Checker enables consumers to buy the cleanest vehicles

[This post originally appeared on the TRUE initiative website, www.trueinitiative.org, on 17 Oct 2017] Last week the city of London released its Clean Car Checker that provides consumers with real-...The city is taking a big step forward in fighting air pollution, and other cities would benefit from doing the same.
Published 2017.10.23: Blog Post

Addressing misconceptions surrounding light-vehicle fuel efficiency standards

This briefing addresses several common misconceptions about light-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards. The focus of this briefing is on Australia’s proposed light-vehicle CO2...
Published 2017.10.12: Publication

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