A first-of-its-kind study examining the efficacy of post-2007 diesel emissions control technologies meeting federal regulations has found zero incidence of cancerous lung tumors in rats subjected to diesel exhaust. The implications of the Advanced Collaborative Emissions Study (ACES) by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) are that humans have much less to worry about with new […]

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After a two-year investigation into Hyundai and Kia for exaggerating fuel economy ratings, a federal judge approved a record-breaking fine this week but didn’t set aside extra funds for electric vehicle programs. In all, the mpg overstatements will cost the Korean automakers $755 million. Almost half of that is a $360 million fine from the […]

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Have you ever noticed how some people make relatively large long-term financial decisions based on short-term information? Take for example, a car purchase. A new car may be kept several years up to 10 years or longer. Today it is being reported all over that Americans are back to buying SUVs, trucks, and hybrid sales […]

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According to a new study released by the Harvard School of Public Health, exposure to fine particulate air pollution during the last three months of pregnancy can double the risk of having an autistic child. This latest study is one among several that have demonstrated the correlation between air pollution and autism in recent years. […]

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As 2014 winds down and with 2015 about to unfold, alternative-energy transportation had ups and downs this year, but the trend is generally upward and more progress is in sight. Looking at the most telling of markers – actual new car sales – hybrids fell back from 2013 levels while plug-ins climbed higher, and diesel […]

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A study conducted by the University of Minnesota has media outlets all revved up about the environmental health impact of electric cars, with several outlets proclaiming that electric cars are not so great for the environment or our health after all. The study, which was released yesterday and covered by the Associated Press shortly after, […]

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When it comes to fuel economy in the UK as measured by the EU test cycle, what you see is not what you get. According to tests performed by independent emissions testing company Emissions Analytics, most car models in the UK are failing to meet official fuel consumption figures. Emissions Analytics’ chief executive Nick Molden […]

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Toyota announced tonight it will work with Air Liquide toward planting 12 fuel cell vehicle refueling stations in five Northeastern states for its new pending fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai. Timing for the launch which was announced tonight by CEO Jim Lentz for this “hydrogen highway” is not being disclosed, and details of the collaboration […]

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A study just released comparing actual window stickers to federal mpg regulations has found automakers are exceeding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) goals. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, for model years 2012, 2013, and 2014, the trend has been a mild improvement over mandated results. The study’s authors Brandon Schoettle and […]

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We frequently hear of the “all of the above” approach made possible with an alphabet soup of technologies to improve mpg and emissions and over the last half decade new tech has risen markedly. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Trends report just released, powertrain technologies that once were rare are becoming increasingly common. […]

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