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In 2012, the federal government announced strict new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards of 54.5 miles per gallon set for 2022-2025, and a new report finds that will equate to big savings for consumers. The new analysis published by Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, shows that consumers who buy a 2025 […]

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On the heels of a U.S. EPA Technical Draft Assessment (TAR) report released today on how automakers are meeting federal fuel economy mandates, advocates weighed in urging the industry and regulators to stay the course. The main question is should federal authorities adjust mpg and greenhouse gas targets for 2022-2025 that stand to save – […]

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A pivotal moment in U.S. automotive history may be coming to a head. At least, say electrified vehicle advocates, the potential is there if automakers swallow what their lobbyists see as a bitter pill, and pursue in earnest increasingly strict federal mpg and emission mandates under Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) law. But first, there’s […]

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It’s ironic that though we live in a time when information was never more plentiful that misinformation, fallacies and myths persist. No doubt that lead-out sentence could launch a discussion on myriad subjects, but looking at a relatively benign one – vehicle fuel economy – people still entertain notions that are simply not true. And […]

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A new report from Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) states that average fuel economy is improving around the world, but not at the pace necessary to meet 2050’s global targets. “The technology is not the problem – it’s the policy commitment that is failing us,” said GFEI Executive Secretary Sheila Watson. “We have brought this […]

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Pickup trucks are the most popular segment in the U.S. this year, with truck models taking the top three slots for vehicle sales to date in 2015. Models like the Ford F-150 have become “as much of a status symbol as they are a tool,” according to Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue […]

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No doubt you’ve heard the saying “your mileage may vary” and for electrified vehicles, this caveat on efficiency can be especially true. This view comes straight from the U.S. EPA which says it is normal for hybrids to deviate by more than 30 percent from official window sticker ratings. SEE ALSO: Seven Ways To Save […]

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At the end of this month, Honda is planning to unveil its near-production fuel cell vehicle, currently named the FCV. The debut – scheduled to occur at the Tokyo Motor Show – will feature a hydrogen-powered sedan very similar to the final version Honda is bringing to market next year. Honda said it has made […]

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Since last Friday when the Obama administration pulled the cover off of Volkswagen AG’s diesel emission cheating scandal we’ve heard a steady beat of bad news, but good could come of it as well. That “good” of course depends on your worldview and more remains to be seen as new disclosures add to the controversy […]

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The recent Volkswagen Group emissions scandal has so far focused on the company’s 2.0-liter diesel engines, but may soon broaden to encompass more engines, and more vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Resource Air Board (CARB) separately announced plans to expand testing to Volkswagen’s 3.0-liter engines. Models offering this 6-cylinder engine include […]

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