15 states want all heavy-duty trucks electric by 2050

Freightliner eCascadia electric semi-truckA contingent of 15 states and the District of Columbia have signed a memorandum of understating (MOU) to draft regulations requiring all new new medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks sold in their jurisdictions to be electric by 2050. The states signing the MOU include: California, Connecticut, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New...

Former Smart plant was headed all-electric, now might make diesel SUVs

Daimler Hambach factoryHere's a textbook case of taking two steps forward, and one step back. The former Smart factory in Hambach, France, became all-electric when the brand dropped its gasoline models, and was initially planned to continue making electric cars for fellow Daimler division Mercedes-Benz. Instead, the factory may build gasoline and diesel SUVs. That's...

GM pitches all-electric future, with lackluster support from Washington

GM CEO Mary BarraGeneral Motors CEO Mary Barra announced an accelerated sustainability push for the automaker Wednesday during a presentation for investors, and showed no sign of backing down from the company’s plan for an all-electric future that's out of sync with the talking points from either California or the Trump administration. “We believe...

Ad for Presidential candidate Yang features Tesla, talks automation

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang with Tesla Model XTesla hasn’t run a single traditional TV ad so far. Yet one political ad that’s been running in Iowa might as well be a Tesla commercial. It’s a campaign spot for Andrew Yang, and while Green Car Reports doesn’t usually dive so deeply into political commercials, this one is something different—consisting of what plays...

Report: EPA eases up on plan to rework mpg rules

gas pumpA draft of the final rule for the Trump administration’s plan to relax national fuel economy regulations is currently in White House review, with a requirement for annual 1.5% mileage increases from 2021 through 2026. It now includes carrying over the existing framework for calculating fleet averages forward, as well as the current system...