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Obama announces fuel economy and GHG rule
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • August 7 2011

On August 4, the White House announced that a final rule setting GHG emissions standards for mediumand heavy-duty trucks is to be formally unveiled by President Obama on August 9


Fuel standards supported with contingencies
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 22 2012

During a field hearing January 17, automakers told the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that proposed new standards for fuel efficiency and GHG emissions for cars built between 2017 and 2025 will benefit the environment and allow the car industry to plan, as long as the government allows some flexibility on its targets


Electric vehicle goal
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 15 2012

During a tour of the Detroit auto show January 11, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that the administration’s goal of having one million electric vehicles on US roads by 2015 is still possible


$44 million for alternative mobile fuels
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • February 26 2012

President Obama announced new funding February 23 to catalyze breakthrough technologies for natural gas and biofuels in vehicles


EVs cheaper, cleaner
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 22 2012

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report April 16 concluding that electric vehicles are cheaper to charge and emit less CO2 than gasoline vehicles, even in areas with coal-fired utilities


$77 million for UTCs
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 22 2012

The Department of Transportation announced January 17 that 22 University Transportation Centers will receive $77 million to advance research and education programs that address critical national transportation challenges


Volt investigation concluded
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 22 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its safety defect investigation into the potential risk of fire in Chevy Volts January 20


WA climate transportation impacts
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

Washington State’s Department of Transportation issued a report December 21 determining that a draft climate change risk assessment model developed by the Federal Highway Administration offers an important starting point for state transportation agencies assessing the vulnerability of their assets


Plans to increase average fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 31 2011

On July 29, President Obama announced an initiative, as part of an agreement with automobile manufacturers and unions, to increase the average fuel economy requirements to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 for cars and light-duty trucks which would reduce demand for oil imports by 6 billion barrels and save the economy $1.7 trillion in fuel costs


California transportation plans praised
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 25 2012

The California Air Resources Board outlined two transportation plans March 22 from the Southern California Association of Governments and Sacramento Area Council of Governments for their approaches to meet California’s vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for 2020 and 2034