EPA ups amount of ethanol allowed in summer gas, but read your manual first

5 Jun
Fuel pumpThe EPA last week approved higher amounts of ethanol blended into gasoline to be sold at gas stations in the U.S. during summer months, but many automakers warn against using fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol content in their vehicles. The EPA said that it will allow fuel with 15 percent ethanol content—marketed as E15 at pumps—to...

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500 diesel owners eligible for up to $3,075 in EPA settlement

8 May
2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014Owners of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models fitted with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine will be eligible for up to $3,075 because their vehicles did not comply with federal emissions regulations. A federal judge on Friday approved the settlement last week after Jeep and Ram parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the $307.5 million...

Fuel efficiency rose in 2017, but shows signs of future decline

7 Mar
2019 Ram 2500 Power WagonFuel efficiency among new cars for 2017 hit a record high but appetites for less-efficient crossover SUVs and pickups among new buyers has slowed recent gains among automakers to increase their fleet averages, the EPA said in a report released Wednesday. The average fuel efficiency among model-year 2017 new cars climbed from 24.7 mpg in 2016 to...

Proposal to roll back fuel economy standards could reach White House next week

17 May
2018 Toyota PriusThe U.S. Department of Transportation could make its proposal to soften new car fuel economy standards public by the end of the month, two officials briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The Transportation Department's proposal, which Reuters says could reach President Donald Trump's desk next week, is said to shelve Obama-era standards and freeze...

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel rated at 30 mpg highway, with a big catch

19 Apr
2018 Ford F-150 Power StrokeA new turbodiesel V-6 gives the rear-wheel drive 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel fuel economy akin to a mid-size sedan, but the four-wheel drive version is much thirstier. Ford said Thursday that the EPA rates the rear-wheel-drive diesel pickup at: 22 mpg city, 30 highway, 25 combined. The four-wheel drive one comes in at just 20/25/22 mpg, a...

While automakers tout green cars, they’re fighting the EPA

6 Apr
Chrome exhaust pipeThe left hand doesn't always follow the right hand. The trade association that represents most major automakers won its battle to get the EPA to announce it wants to ease emission limits for 2022 through 2025 cars, even as the lobbying group simultaneously works to promote electric cars that don't use a drop of gasoline. It's hypocritical, but...

Trump’s EPA ready to roll back Obama-era fuel-economy rules

2 Apr
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RSTThe Trump administration’s EPA took a final step toward rolling back Obama-era fuel-efficiency regulations in the U.S. EPA chief Scott Pruitt singled out the Obama administration’s push for more stringent emissions and fuel-economy rules in a statement the agency released Monday. “The Obama EPA’s determination was...

Lawsuit filed against Ford alleges automaker cheated on diesel-emissions test

10 Jan
2017 Ford Super Duty F-250A law firm that has carved out a reputation for aggressively pursuing automakers over diesel emissions has found a new target: Ford's heavy-duty pickups. The suit comes just days after Ford announced details for its upcoming F-150 diesel and is the latest in a string of accusations following VW's massive diesel emissions scandal in late 2015...