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Report: EPA: 2014 renewable fuel standards 'significantly delayed'

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not going to decide just yet how much biofuel to add to the national fuel supply in the future. Last year, the EPA said, for the first time ever, that it might reduce the biofuel component in American gas, but is now saying that the 2014 standards rule will be "significantly delayed."

The EPA said that, basically, since we're all using less gasoline, maybe we don't need as much biofuel (PDF):

The proposal has generated significant comment and controversy, particularly about how volumes should be set in light of lower gasoline consumption than had been forecast at the time that the Energy Independence and Security Act was enacted, and whether and on what basis the statutory volumes should be waived. ...
EPA has been evaluating these issues in light of the purposes of the statute and the Administration's commitment to the goals of the statute to increase the use of renewable fuels, particularly cellulosic biofuels, which will reduce the greenhouse gases emitted from the consumption of transportation fuels and diversify the nation's fuel supply.

Reactions to the delay are decidedly mixed. A number of ethanol producers rejoiced, including some in Brazil, since any action that could reduce the ethanol content is being put off. The Renewable Fuels Association says the news is a "cloud of uncertainty with a silver lining" and blames the oil industry for not promoting higher ethanol blends (E15 and E85, for example) in the national fuel supply. On the other hand, the National Biodiesel Board says that the EPA is hurting the industry with the delay, since there is no statue-based biodiesel standard and the new levels should have been published in November 2012. Iowa officials generally agree.

EPA: 2014 renewable fuel standards 'significantly delayed' originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Recharge Wrap-up: Porsche adds third 919 Hybrid for Le Mans, Audi to heat factory with geothermal

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Porsche will be running a third 919 Hybrid LMP1 car in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The extra Porsche will race in the six-hour May 2 WEC race at Spa-Francorchamps as a lead-up to the legendary 24-hour race on June 13 and 14. Porsche hasn't announced the driver lineup for the third 919 Hybrid, but drivers will remain the same for the other two cars. Including the third car is meant to help further test performance and efficiency as part of development for future hybrid systems. Read more at Green Car Congress.

BMW i Ventures is investing in Zendrive, a driving focused data and analytics company. The cooperation of the two companies is meant to help advance safety and efficiency by making the "in-car mobility experience even smoother by optimizing commuting and driving patterns," according to BMW i's Ulrich Quay. The venture capital arm of BMW's i brand also invests in JustPark, Chargepoint, Life360, Chargemaster and MyCityWay, and says it will have more strategic investment announcements in the coming months. Read more in the press release below.

The Audi Hungaria factory in Győr, Hungary will soon be getting geothermal energy from a nearby plant being constructed in Pér. When the facility is finished, Audi expects to source 82,000 megawatt hours of geothermal energy per year from it, or about six percent of its total heating needs. The clean energy helps Audi move "step by step along a path to developing a CO2‑neutral production plant," says Audi's Dr. Hubert Waltl. "The mobility of the future must be CO2‑neutral - and that applies not only to the use of our vehicles, but also to their production." Read more in the press release below.

Supporters have begun a petition drive for the passage of an E15 ordinance in Chicago. Despite pushback from oil companies, the city council is close to passing the "Chicago Clean Air Choice Ordinance," which includes the requirement by retailers to sell the 15-percent ethanol gasoline blend in the city. The ordinance includes an exception for stations selling less than 850,000 gallons of fuel per year. More than 4,000 people have signed the petition so far, with others leaving messages to voice their opinion on the matter in opposition to Big Oil's attempt to block it. Read more at Domestic Fuel.

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Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #407

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Episode #407 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Sebastian Blanco talk about the Michelin Challenge Bibendum, the Toyota Mirai, and the BMW 3 Series falling off the Car and Driver 10Best list. We start with what's in the Autoblog Garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

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Hosts: Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, Sebastian Blanco
Runtime: 01:07:55

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  • Challenge Bibendum - 18:32
  • Toyota Mirai - 28:20
  • C/D 10Best - 44:52
  • Q&A - 53:52

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Autoblog Podcast #407 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW Commits to Shrinking MINI Family, But Promises All-Electric Mini ‘Soon’

Reintroduced to the world in 2001 as a modern, upscale take on the classic British Mini, the BMW MINI — often called the ‘New MINI’ by fans to differentiate it form the Issigonis-designed original — has not only enjoyed sales popularity during the past decade but has also grown from the original 3-door hatchback and […]

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Celebrates Building, Selling 200,000th Electric Vehicle

In recent months, sales of Nissan’s all-electric LEAF have soared in the U.S. and around the world, driven by an increased public awareness of plug-in vehicles, generous incentives and most importantly, increased public charging infrastructure. Similarly, Nissan’s alliance partner, French automaker Renault, has also seen a recent, dramatic increase in the number of people buying […]

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Just as it Renames its FourSixteen Model S the ST, Tuning House Saleen Admits it’s Out of Money

For three decades, California-based Saleen Automotive has been a well-known name in the custom tuning world, providing a little extra grunt and improved handling to iconic muscle cars like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger to name a few. It also has an impressive list of film credits to its name, including pretty much every high-octane automotive […]

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'Zero emission' electric car hire scheme launches in Northampton - Northampton Chronicle & Echo

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'Zero emission' electric car hire scheme launches in Northampton
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World's first electric car 'sat-nav' launched in Northern Ireland - Business Green

World's first electric car 'sat-nav' launched in Northern Ireland
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Electric car drivers can now plot journeys taking recharging points and the time it takes to recharge a battery into account. Billed as the "world's first electric car journey planning tool", the egomap system developed by Northern Ireland's South West ...
Pioneering green transport planner launched in Northern Irelandedie.net

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Elon Musk talks Tesla - GQ.com

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Elon Musk talks Tesla
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