Toyota Motor Corp.’s new strategy will not only change the way the company builds engines; it will give the Prius’ hybrid drivetrain a 15-percent boost in fuel economy. The Japanese carmaker said its next generation of engines will share more parts, get better gas mileage and have more power. Under the Toyota New Global Architecture […]

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As part of a 10-year plan to increase sustainability at the federal level, President Barack Obama is calling for more plug-in and zero emission vehicles in government fleets. Under the Executive Order, which was signed last week, Obama said zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) must make up at least 20-percent of federal […]

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An automaker trade group wants regulators to grant CAFE credits for autonomous technology. Collision warnings, automated braking and adaptive cruise control are more than just safety features, said Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. They are fuel-efficiency boosters. Bainwol’s industry lobbying group represents 12 auto manufacturers, including Ford Motor Co., […]

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Crosspoint Kinetics has announced that it is working with Morgan Olson to produce hybrid delivery vans. To create the hybrids, Crosspoint Kinetics bolts on its signature Kinetics Hybrid system into Morgon Olson’s commercial-grade vans. A 50-kilowatt electric motor mounts directly to a drivechain and doesn’t require any of the van’s original components to be removed. […]

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With its new program debuting this July, Oregon will become the first state to collect road use fees through mileage instead of fuel. The program will charge drivers a road use fee based on how many miles they drive, instead of using a state tax built into gas prices. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), […]

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In revising the second-generation Chevrolet Volt, General Motors re-designed its electrical/mechanical transaxle, and one might now pose the question whether this same design would be ideal to use in a super fuel-saving truck such as VIA Motors now makes. VIA builds pure series plug-in hybrid trucks based on the Chevrolet Silverado and other light-duty GM […]

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The U.S. EPA allows automakers to self-test their mpg ratings, there‚Äôs a degree of an honor system under current rules, but following corrections by Ford and Hyundai/Kia, the federal agency is tightening its procedures. Specifically, how automakers prepare vehicles for road load values to measure rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag are being revised from a […]

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Made by the UK’s by Frazer-Nash Research and Ecotive, the 98-mpg rated and ultra-low CO2 range-extended Metrocab has been approved in London to carry fare-paying passengers. This is the latest progress report in a story 10 years in the making for the 6/7-passenger neo-retro classic black cab with drivetrain similar in concept to a Chevrolet […]

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Despite increased truck and SUV sales these days in the U.S., a University of Michigan report indicates last month newly purchased vehicles’ average fuel economy increased and greenhouse gases correspondingly decreased as part of a continuing trend. According to the report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), new vehicles sold last month […]

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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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