California Sued Honda Over Lawn Mower Engines Again – Jalopnik

Honda had to pay $6.9m to the State of California over emissions of its small off-road engines

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California recently clamped down on emissions of small, off-road engines in things like lawn mowers and generators. As a result, Honda, which produces these small off-road engines alongside its range of planes, cars and robots, has been fined nearly $7 million by the state for breaching these rules.

California’s set of standards control the amount of fuel that is allowed to evaporate from the small engines found in things like lawn mowers, pressure washers and generators. According to the state, small engines in tools like lawn mowers can release as much CO2 as driving 300 miles if they are run for an hour.

In Honda’s case, its small engines failed testing to find out how much fuel would evaporate from the powered-off engines in a 24-hour period. This meant that during average day-to-night temperatures, more fuel evaporated from some of Honda’s small, off-road engines than is permitted in California.

The company’s small engines also failed certification procedures required by Californian lawmakers.

As a result, Honda and the The California Air Resources Board (CARB) have reached a settlement and the company has agreed to pay $6.9 million for violations of CARB’s air quality regulations.

This is the second enforcement action against Honda in the past two years, as it was previously required to pay $1.9 million for clean-air violations, also relating to its small off-road engines.

Honda’s latest payment to the state includes $3.9 million civil penalty that will go to CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund.

The remaining $3 million will fund several projects to improve air quality across California. This includes the installation of air filtration systems in Oakland schools and an air quality education program for students in the state


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Red Bull set to announce Ford engine partnership deal with US car giant – BBC

Honda-powered Red Bull won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2022

Red Bull are poised to announce an engine partnership deal with US car giant Ford.

Ford will join forces with the team from 2026, part-funding the engine Red Bull are designing for the new regulations to be introduced that year.

The agreement is expected to be officially unveiled at Red Bull’s 2023 season launch in New York on Friday.

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Ford set to announce F1 return with Red Bull engine deal – The Race

Red Bull and Ford are set to announce they will work together on a Formula 1 engine for 2026.

The widely rumoured collaboration will be announced on Friday, when Red Bull is set to reveal the livery for its 2023 car the RB19 at an event in New York.

Though not confirmed by either party, the news of a tie-up between Ford and the newly created Red Bull Powertrains engine division was mistakenly leaked in Italian media and is understood to be correct.

Ford has been interested in a potential F1 programme for several months, based around the 2026 engine regulations – which feature “100% sustainable fuels”, according to F1, and an increase in the electrical …….