Major manufacturer electric cars are entering their seventh year in the U.S. market and are gaining a foothold in part because they do offer distinct advantages. More than half a million have been sold to date, nearly all automakers have more in the works, and with 200-mile-plus range models like the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model […]

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Major automakers are ramping up their fight and exerting pressure to delay or seek adjustments to the Obama administration’s aggressive fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission targets by 2025. In a prepared statement made public on Wednesday, Mitch Bainwol, head of the industry trade group Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said that low gasoline prices and […]

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A trade publication that covers ethanol production is suggesting that American ethanol producers are using outdated methods to the measure levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) that they’re putting out. It’s long been debated whether ethanol is a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly fuel than gasoline, and if ethanol producers are underestimating the amount of NOx that they’re […]

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A new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that EVs are ready to be the cars of tomorrow, but only with the help of yesterday’s engines. The report, which uses surveys about consumer travel and GPS data to map out the potential spread of EV use, shows that EVs are capable of handling […]

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Imagine if automakers equipped cars with a gauge showing exactly how much money people were spending per second in direct response to their driving habits. And think if such a gauge could be calibrated to also show dollars per day, per week, month and year. Do you suspect that would get peoples’ attention more than […]

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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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Here’s a trick question: How much will you have to pay for a new Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla, or some other plug-in electrified vehicle? If you live in the U.S., the answer is it all depends on the state in which you live and/or register the car. Aside from a $2,500 […]

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Large semi-trucks employing conductive technology can cruise along in the right lane of a 1.2-mile stretch of the E16 highway outside the city of Gävle, close to the Baltic Sea in central Sweden, using electric power. Called the eHighway, when the big rigs exit the test area they automatically revert to their diesel plug-in hybrid […]

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Perhaps there’s some magic when applying famous electrical engineer Nikola Tesla’s name to an electrified vehicle. Salt Lake City-based startup, Nikola Motor, said in a press release it received 7,000 pre-orders last month for its Class 8 electric truck. That translates to $10.5 million in reservation funds, and $2.3 billion in sales if all of […]

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Federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules are working to improve passenger vehicle fuel economy and this is good for everybody. That about sums findings today by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) which said 15 of the 16 major auto companies selling in the U.S. met or exceeded their 2015 fuel economy performance, and […]

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