Showing posts in the category of Ecology

EPA Says EVs Making (Green) Presence Felt in the US


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The EPA (or Environmental Protection Agency) has announced that for the first time ever, electric vehicles (plus other alternatively-fueled vehicles) are beginning to make a “measurable and meaningful impact.”

The information came as part of a larger annual report called Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Fuel Economy Trends 1975 - 2014 - you can find it here; it's worth checking out as it contains lots of fairly easy to understand graphs.

Mercedes’ B-Class F-Cell Has Covered Over 300,000 Kilometers


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Mercedes-Benz has announced that its B-Class F-Cell experimental vehicle has covered more than 300,000 kilometers (186,411 miles) under normal everyday conditions.

EPA Says Nissan Has the Most Fuel-Efficient Lineup in the US with 26.2 MPG


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Nissan Group has been officially acknowledged as the most fuel efficient full-line automaker by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with a fleet-wide fuel economy rating of 26.2 combined mpg.

Toyota Giving Away the First FCV to Lucky California Resident


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For the first time in the company’s history, Toyota is giving away one of its fuel-cell vehicles to a customer, with he or she owning the car rather than leasing it.

Citroën's C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept Proves Fuel Efficiency Can Look Good


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At first glance, the Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept may seem like a souped-up version of the standard model, and that’s due to its upgraded aerodynamic package.

507 EVs Gather in California, Set World Record [w/Video]


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In case you were wondering, the highest number of electric vehicles to take part in a parade is now 507. The record was set in Cupertino, California this past weekend when lots of Nissan Leafs, Fiat 500es, Ford Focus Electrics and the Model S from Tesla, among others, filled a decent sized parking lot, before setting out in a procession through town – no hybrids were allowed, not even plug-ins.

Toyota Sees itself as a Pioneer in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars


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Even if it’s heavily turned down by skeptics, the idea of hydrogen fuel cell cars is still quite prolific in the industry, in spite of all the negative press.

New Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept gets 2l/100km or 141mpg


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Citroen's answer to the French government's "2l/100 km vehicle" challenge is the C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept that will have its world debut at the Paris auto show.

Helsinki Could, in Theory, Realistically Make Personal Cars Irrelevant by 2025


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It’s the deliberate goal of many (usually European) cities to rid themselves of cars, in an effort to curb pollution and provide an environment that’s more suitable for human habitation. There are a few approaches and solutions to this issue, and the Finnish capital, Helsinki now wants its own.

Renault to Showcase “Experimental” Super-Efficient Concept in Paris


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Renault plans to present a brand new concept car (not the one pictured above) at the upcoming Paris Motor Show this October.

EU on Quest to Move Emissions, Efficiency Testing out of Labs, into Real World


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When you buy a new car today you of course check out the efficiency credentials, but are always aware that they do not reflect reality. Buyers (and those who advise them) have learnt that the discrepancy between what is claimed and what is real is usually constant and have therefor adapted, but it’s far from being called normal and the practice of being deceitful about these claims is detrimental to the end user, not the company.

Diesel Cars May Be Charged an Additional £10 to Enter Central London


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For many years, London has had a congestion charge that applies to all drivers who want to enter the city center aboard vehicles emitting more than 75 g/km of CO2.

Jaguar XE Has 75 Percent Aluminum Body, Does Wonders for Fuel Economy


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Jaguar is preparing for the global debut of its entry-level XE sedan on September 8 in London with new information about the vehicle, which is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Jaguar ever made.

Small Asian Nation of Bhutan Seeks Help from Japanese Automakers to Rapidly Shift to EVs


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There aren’t that many cars in the small south Asian country of Bhutan, located in the Himalaya mountains. Its only proper urban center is its capital, Thimphu, and even it is not what you’d call big, being home to some 80,000 inhabitants, most of whom are government clerks, officials, members of the country’s royal family and a growing but inconsistent middle class.

BMW Working on Wireless Charging Technology for i3 and i8


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Inductive charging of electric vehicles appears to be the way of the future, and BMW wants to be a part of it. The German luxury car manufacturer announced it is developing systems for inductive charging of high-voltage batteries of both BMW i cars and future plug-in models.

BP Estimates World Oil Reserves Will Last Another 53.3 Years


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We have been told for years that the world is about to reach peak oil and that it will all go downhill from there on, and yet, the overwhelming majority of cars sold around the world (the exceptions are insignificant) are powered by oil-derived fuels.

Toyota Reveals New Fuel Cell Sedan, Starts from $68,690 in Japan


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If you are familiar with Toyota’s FCV Concept that was revealed at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, you won’t be surprised with the design of the production model, which stays remarkably close to the study.

Report Sees 7 out of 10 Pickups Made from Aluminum by 2025


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The future looks good for aluminum as a material for American pickup trucks. Despite its obvious drawbacks - harder to repair than steel, requiring special techniques and tools, as well as incurring higher costs, Ford has still gone ahead and made as much of its new F-150 (pictured) out of the metal as possible.

Renault Explains How it Cut its Carbon Footprint by 10 Percent in 3 Years


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You may have noticed that Renault has been trying over the last few years to get more people into its electric cars, at the same time cutting the emissions and boosting the economy of its regular offerings too, in order to keep up with market demands and try making a difference that way.

Consumer Reports Points a Finger at Biggest Gas Guzzlers


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While manufacturers go on about how they’re making their cars more efficient, it’s always a matter of perspective with these things; they may be efficient in some favorable comparisons, but may prove otherwise in the real world or against genuinely efficient rivals. Then there is also the discrepancy between actual and claimed figures too…