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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'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 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

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

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

Top vehicle markets, 2012

Our annual look at the largest vehicle markets, in words and pictures (see here for last year's). Thanks to my colleagues Hui He for help with the Wards data, Zifei Yang for coming up with the top 15...Our annual look at the largest vehicle markets, in words and pictures.
Published 2013.10.01: Blog Post

What might US-China collaboration on clean fuels and vehicles focus on?

My colleague Nic Lutsey recently blogged about a new development in US-China climate collaboration: a focus on improving the efficiency of heavy-duty trucks. Trucks are a large and growing...The US-China Climate Change Working Group also has great potential to deliver direct health benefits beyond its climate change mitigation impact.
Published 2013.08.02: Blog Post

Cleaning up the diesel vehicles already on the road

Older diesel vehicles are prime culprits when it comes to both urban air pollution and climate change. Although they usually make up only a small percentage of all the vehicles in a region, they...Old diesel vehicles are prime culprits when it comes to both urban air pollution and climate change. Although they usually make up only a small percentage of all the vehicles in a region, they can...
Published 2013.08.02: Blog Post

China, US collaborate to deliver the goods with efficient trucks

It’s not often that heads of state and top foreign ministers talk about the fuel economy of big rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, etc. In fact, the environmental prospects for cleaning up heavy-...It's not often that heads of state and top foreign ministers talk about the fuel economy of big rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers. That Chinese and U.S. leaders are doing so is an excellent...
Published 2013.07.16: Blog Post

Turning the conversation about Beijing's air pollution toward solutions

Over the past weekend, poor meteorological conditions contributed to a severe accumulation of air pollution in Beijing and hundreds of other cities in northern and eastern China. The extreme...Until China takes steps toward reducing emissions, poor air quality and occasional "crazy bad" episodes will continue.
Published 2013.01.14: Blog Post

Transportation efficiency in 2030

Transportation of people and goods currently contributes about a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and this share is growing. Unprecedented income and population growth in the...Modeling different transportation scenarios shows interesting trends in GHG emissions from transport through 2030 given the  "policy pipeline” in the world's largest vehicle markets.
Published 2012.04.27: Blog Post