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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the Volkswagen Group of America's (VW) National Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan. As required by the October 2016 2.0-Liter Partial Consent Decree, VW must invest $1.2 billion over ten years to support the increased adoption of ZEV technology in the United States. VW will submit a series of four 30-month cycle ZEV investment plans to EPA for approval; EPA has approved the Cycle 1 plan, covering Quarter 1, 2017, through Quarter 2, 2019. For more information, see the National ZEV Investment Plan: Cycle 1 and EPA's Volkswagen Clean Air Act Civil Settlement website.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to reconsider the final determination of the mid-term evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles. A parallel process is also being undertaken by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The EPA administrator will make a decision on the final determination by April 1, 2018. NHTSA will issue a final rule for MY 2022 CAFE standards by April 1, 2020.
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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final determination that the model year (MY) 2022-2025 greenhouse gas (GHG) standards remain appropriate under the Clean Air Act, and that the standards will exist unaltered. As part of the rulemaking establishing the MY 2017-2025 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 has decided that the standards for MY 2022-2025, established in 2012, are still appropriate given the latest available data and information.