Recent Federal Actions

This list includes recent federal actions, such as Federal Register notices and rulemaking actions, agency directives or agency communications, that are all publicly available. These actions relate to alternative fuels and vehicles, fuel blends, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction and fuel economy measures. When rulemakings are finalized, they will move to the list of Federal Laws and Incentives.

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U.S. Department of Transportation Proposed New Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Jan 12, 2017

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway and Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a proposed rule to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. As proposed, the standard would mandate that new light-duty vehicles be capable of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications and be able to send and receive Basic Safety Messages. When promulgated, the final rule would be phased in over a period of two years. DOT is accepting public comments on the proposed rule until April 12, 2017, and expects to issue a final rule by September 1, 2017. For more information, see the Federal Register notice and NHTSA's V2V Communications website.

U.S. EPA Proposes to Uphold MY 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Standards Nov 30, 2016

In a draft determination, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the model year (MY) 2022-2025 greenhouse gas (GHG) standards remain appropriate and that a rulemaking to change them is not warranted. As part of the rulemaking establishing the MY 2017-2015 light-duty vehicle GHG standards, EPA made a regulatory commitment to conduct a Midterm Evaluation (MTE) of longer-term standards for MY 2022-2025. Through the MTE, EPA will decide whether the standards for MY 2022-2025, established in 2012, are still appropriate given the latest available data and information. The proposed determination is based on the draft Technical Assessment Report, input from the auto industry and other stakeholders, and updated analyses. EPA is accepting public comments until December 30, 2016. For more information, see the proposed determination on the EPA's MTE of Light-Duty Vehicle GHG Emissions Standards for MY 2022-2025 website.

U.S. EPA Finalizes Requirements Under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program Nov 23, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2017 volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that must be blended into transportation fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). EPA also finalized the 2018 volume requirements for biomass-based diesel.

The final renewable fuel volumes are as follows:

Cellulosic biofuel (million gallons)311N/A
Biomass-based diesel (billion gallons)2.002.1
Advanced biofuel (billion gallons)4.28N/A
Renewable fuel (billion gallons)19.28N/A

The associated renewable fuel percentage standards are as follows:

Cellulosic biofuel (million gallons)0.128%0.173%
Biomass-based diesel (billion gallons)1.59%1.67%
Advanced biofuel (billion gallons)2.01%2.38%
Renewable fuel (billion gallons)10.10%10.70%

For more information, refer to the final rule and EPA's Renewable Fuels: Regulations and Standards website.

FHWA Announces Designated Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fueling Corridors Nov 3, 2016

In compliance with the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Section 1413, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has designated national electric vehicle charging, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling corridors. The alternative fuel corridors are designated in strategic locations along major highways to improve the mobility of alternative fuel passenger and commercial vehicles. For more information, including a list of the designated corridors, see the FHWA alternative fuel corridors page.