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Prosecutors drop securities case against former VW CEO

Jan. 15, 2021 10:06 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors have set aside a securities-law case against the former CEO of Volkswagen because he could face heavier penalties in a separate criminal fraud case connected to the company's 2015 diesel emissions scandal. The court in the city of Braunschweig said in a...

A long row of unsold 2020 pickup trucks sits at a Ram dealership Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Littleton, Colo.  A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

For first time in 5 years, US gas mileage down, emissions up

Jan. 14, 2021 3:06 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years. The mileage decrease comes as Americans continue to buy SUVs and trucks, and shift away from more efficient vehicles. The Environmental Protection...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2019, file, photo, people walk by the logo of Toyota at a show room in Tokyo. Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report pollution control system defects in its vehicles for a decade. The company, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021,  also agreed in court to investigate future emissions-related defects quickly and report them to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a timely manner.  (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Toyota to pay $180M for failing to report emissions defects

Jan. 14, 2021 1:35 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report and fix pollution control defects in its vehicles for a decade. The company also agreed in court to investigate future emissions-related defects quickly and report them to the U.S. Environmental...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, Electric car ID.3 cars stand at the factory area during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG ,VW, in Zwickau, Germany. Automaker Volkswagen tripled sales of battery-only cars last year as its new electric compact ID.3 came on the market ahead of tough new limits on auto emissions. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

Volkswagen triples electric car sales ahead of climate rules

Jan. 12, 2021 9:22 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's push into electric cars is gathering speed — despite the pandemic. Automaker Volkswagen tripled sales of battery-only cars in 2020 as its new electric compact ID.3 came on the market ahead of tough new European Union limits on auto emissions. And Germany, long a...

InvestigateWest: Cascadia not on track to cut emissions

Jan. 11, 2021 12:47 PM EST

To the rest of the world, the United States’ Pacific Northwest and Canada’s British Columbia represent one of the supposedly most eco-friendly regions in North America, if not the globe. And yet on climate change, the biggest environmental challenge of this generation, the governments of...

Massachusetts lawmakers pass sweeping climate change bill

Jan. 5, 2021 4:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he is reviewing legislation passed by lawmakers that would overhaul the state’s climate laws, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create renewable energy jobs and protect poorer communities that can be at higher risk from pollution. A...

Wyoming officials prepare forecasts for 2021 air quality

Jan. 2, 2021 12:38 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming air quality regulators are working on preparations and forecasts for the 2021 winter ozone season in the state’s Upper Green River Basin. A combination of weather conditions and human activity can generate high levels of ozone, an air pollutant that blossoms when sun...

Massachusetts outlines plan for zero emissions by 2050

Dec. 31, 2020 9:02 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has released a plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which includes in part a requirement that all new cars sold in the state be electric by 2035 and converting 1 million homes from fossil fuel to electric heat. The plan came in two reports issued Wednesday by the...

FILE - In this Jan. 14 2019 file photo, Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., speaks during media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  Ever since Volkswagen got caught cheating on U.S. emissions tests five years ago, the automaker has been trying to regain the confidence of American consumers. Judging by sales figures, the efforts are starting taking hold.  Keogh, VW of America’s CEO since 2018, says the company has worked to rebuild trust with big plans for clean electric vehicles.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Insider Q&A: Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh

Dec. 27, 2020 1:00 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Ever since Volkswagen got caught cheating on U.S. emissions tests five years ago, the automaker has been trying to regain the confidence of American consumers. Judging by sales figures, the efforts are starting taking hold. Scott Keogh, VW of America’s CEO since 2018, says the company...

Volkswagen loses top EU court case in diesel scandal

Dec. 17, 2020 10:40 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled on Thursday that Volkswagen breached the law by installing on its cars a so-called defeat device to cheat on emission tests and cannot argue it was merely protecting car engines. The scandal known as “Dieselgate" erupted five years ago when the...