Ford, Volkswagen to stay neutral on challenges to new vehicle emissions rules

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Four major automakers will remain neutral by taking no position on legal challenges to the Trump administration’s decision to weaken Obama-era fuel economy standards but want to weigh in on any court fix, according to a document read by Reuters. The Trump administration in March finalized a rollback of U.S. vehicle emissions standards to require […]

Nevada to adopt stricter car pollution standards like California

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Nevada’s governor on Monday said that his state plans to embrace California’s car pollution regulations, joining more than a dozen other states and pursuing against the Trump administration’s decision to weaken fuel efficiency standards. Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak said Nevada will start working on new regulations to boost the number of electric and zero-emission vehicles […]

United Auto Workers union endorses Joe Biden for president

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The 400,000-member United Auto Workers union endorsed Joe Biden’s U.S. presidential bid on Tuesday, giving the Democrat a possible increase in his efforts to win over working-class voters in states that will decide the November 3 election. President Donald Trump, a Republican, has heavily courted auto workers in battleground states such as Michigan and Ohio, while […]

General Motors starts production of ventilators for U.S. government

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General Motors stated on Tuesday it had started producing ventilators in the volume required to treat severely ill coronavirus patients and would make deliveries of the first batch of the medical equipment to the U.S. government this month. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nine contracts amounting to almost $2.6 […]

Trump administration to roll back fuel efficiency standards

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The Trump administration announced Tuesday it is replacing Obama-era fuel efficiency standards with a plan that calls for significantly lower annual increases — performing what it called “the largest deregulatory initiative of this administration”. The opponents of the move say that it will have huge environmental consequences and weaken former President Barack Obama‘s plan to […]

Trump invokes Defense Production Act but GM says it’s already moving fast

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About eleven days ago, American automaker General Motors put hundreds of employees on an urgent project to build breathing machines as hospitals and governors pleaded for more following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. But President Donald Trump, said the company wasn’t moving fast enough, on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act, which allows the government broad authority to direct […]

Ford, GM, Tesla can go ahead with making ventilators, says Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Sunday that American automakers such as Ford Motor, General Motors and Tesla Inc have been given the green light in making ventilators and other objects required during the coronavirus crisis. “Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST! […]

Trump administration to increase fuel economy standards, well below Obama plan

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The Trump administration is making a concession on its proposed minimum fuel economy standard for new vehicles, but environmental groups and a key Democratic senator are not happy that it does not go far enough, and still falls well below the standards set under the Obama administration. Fuel economy standards would boost 1.5% per year […]

Trump administration won’t turn over auto import investigation report

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The Trump administration is snubbing Congress by rejecting to turn over a report detailing a probe into national security risks possibly posed by imported vehicles and auto parts, citing pending international negotiations and executive branch deliberations. Congress added a provision in a spending bill earlier month demanding the White House turn over the long-secret government […]