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Summarizes and evaluates key elements of the November 2017 European Commission proposal as it goes to the European Parliament and the European Council.

The modifications required by US regulators to VW diesel engines designed to cheat emissions tests are more stringent and more effective than in Europe.

Summarizes policies and actions that are expanding access to electric transportation in the United States and showcases several examples of equity-focused electric mobility practices that are encouraging their utilization more widely. 

2017.07.27

Examines the link between soybean and rapeseed biodiesel and palm oil in light of a new study on substitution effects.

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2017.07.13

Evaluates the European Commission’s version of the proposed EU new motor vehicle type-approval framework, where it relates to market surveillance activities, and proposes specific ways in which it could be strengthened.

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2017.07.10

Highlights important innovations and trends in diesel engines and emission control systems, some of which were not considered when the 2025 CAFE and greenhouse gas standards were finalized, yet promise to improve diesel passenger vehicles’ cost-effectiveness, especially for larger classes.

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2017.07.07

Summarizes the key barriers that impede the adoption of fuel-saving technologies in the trucking sector and discusses some of the ways policymakers can combat them.

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2017.06.30

Summarizes and analyzes preliminary data for 2016 recently released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on CO2 emissions from new passenger cars in the EU. New cars sold in the EU in 2015 had average CO2 emissions of 118 g CO2/km, which was 1.2% lower than in 2015.

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2017.05.31

Summarizes the status of electric vehicle market in California through 2016, quantifying electric vehicle market growth across California cities and metropolitan areas.

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2017.05.30

Evaluates the trajectory of GHG emissions from international aviation in the U.S. and Canada as well as the possible GHG reductions that could be made from deployment of alternative jet fuels (AJFs) within the framework of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

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2017.05.23

Reviews the political science, regulatory, and economics literature to illuminate the international competitiveness impacts of motor vehicle emission standards.

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2017.04.14

Evaluates the effect of Euro VI-equivalent emissions standards on bus system costs in Brazil.

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2017.03.07

Highlights important innovations and trends in vehicle design technology and lightweighting, many of which were not considered when the 2025 CAFE standards were finalized, but promise to be quite cost-effective.

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