On Thursday, the Environmental “Protection” Agency moved to revoke California’s authority to set higher emissions standards, established more than 50 years ago under the federal Clean Air Act, after signaling the move earlier in the week.

The EPA’s announcement stated that their main focus was to set a unified, national rule for fuel efficiency standards. However, there was already a unified, national rule for fuel efficiency standards in place under President Barack Obama until the EPA repealed that rule earlier this year, causing regulatory uncertainty for automakers who opposed the repeal.

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) reacted to this news by voting 12-0 to accept an agreement made between the state and automakers to voluntarily exceed federal emissions standards, roughly meeting the previous national standard in defiance of the federal rollback.

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This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla V10 software update, more info and testing results for the Tesla Model S Plaid, Rivian’s new electric van, and more.

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A Porsche Taycan drove past a Tesla Model S prototype that broke down while testing on the Nurburgring racetrack, and the TSLA short community is going crazy over it.

You know you’re doing pretty well when your detractors have to grasp at irrelevant events like these to justify their views. expand full story

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Food shortage due to climate change is forcing Guatemalans to migrate north.
  • Why nitrous oxide is as much of a problem as CO2 emissions.
  • Florida’s 100% renewable energy bill has been revived — with hope.
  • Serbia launches the country’s largest wind farm.

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Young people are leading marches, big and small, in a truly global climate strike today. (Adults are there, too.) They are protesting inaction on climate change by governments and businesses.

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Tesla is still facing some direct sales bans in the US, and the saga seems to have no end. The company is now being sued by the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers who took them to court to try to avoid competing with Tesla. expand full story

Tesla’s head of energy division and North American sales, Sanjay Shah, is leaving the automaker to join Beyond Meat. expand full story

Tesla had to make some adjustments to the previously reported incentives for customers that were implemented for an end-of-the-quarter push as there was some “abuse.” expand full story

September 19

Rivian is unveiling the first picture of its new electric delivery van — the company’s third electric vehicle — as it already has over $4 billion in orders from Amazon for it. expand full story

Tesla has confirmed that the new Model S Plaid prototype is making the previously reported ~7:20 time at the Nürburgring racetrack, and the automaker sees an incredible 7:05 as achievable next month. expand full story

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