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The advent of telematics and new technologies mean a lot can be done with your smartphone right on up to reducing your fuel consumption. IFPEN’s engineers said they have used innovative scientific algorithms to design GECO, an application aimed at reducing fuel consumption at the wheel. IFPEN stands for IFP Energies Nouvelles, a public research […]

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With 10 percent ethanol blended fuel having become a fact of life at the pumps over the last decade, it now looks like E15 might become a reality too, possibly as early as this summer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has given provisional approval of health effects testing of E15 by Growth Energy […]

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Though Germany’s famous Autobahn highway system is world-renowned for its lack of a general speed limit, many people who haven’t driven on it are unaware that more than half its total length is governed by state and local speed laws. Now, with the Green Party poised to take power in the country’s third-largest state—which happens […]

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Here we go again: gas prices are spiking and sales of hybrid are zooming. The economics of buying a hybrid—more demand than supply—also mean that popular models, like the Toyota Prius, will cost a bit more. Given these trends, it’s a great time to revisit our expert guide to maximizing mpg in a Toyota Prius—so […]

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Seventy-five-point-three miles to the gallon! That was enough to win the 2010 Toyota Prius fuel economy competition that stacked 28 auto journalists against one another in Yountville, Calif. on Feb. 24, 2009. (The results were embargoed until today.) While it was a cheap thrill to score so high—that’s less remarkable than the average mileage for […]

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Cheap gas has drivers returning to the pumps, despite economic woes. Consumers pumped 0.3% more gasoline last week than in the same period last year, according to gasoline station purchases compiled by MasterCard Advisors. That’s the first increase in gas consumption since April. The US Energy Department confirmed this trend in a report this week […]

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has launched a grass-roots initiative called “EcoDriving” in order to educate Americans on how to reduce fuel consumption and cut carbon dioxide emissions by changing their driving habits. “The program helps drivers achieve the highest gas mileage available from every single vehicle on the road, regardless of size and age,” […]

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Every American knows what “fuel mileage” is—especially these days. Whether it’s the EPA test results on the window sticker, or the actual mileage you figured out for your car, we’re all asking: How many miles can we go on a gallon of fuel? In Europe and Asia, though, they flip it around, and say “fuel […]

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The Honda Civic Hybrid is often upstaged by the Toyota Prius. Meanwhile, many Civic Hybrid drivers are achieving fuel economy numbers consistently in the 60-mpg range. Don’t believe it? That’s okay. If you try out even one or two of the simple techniques—like using cruise control as often as possible—you may experience a nice bump […]

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An SUV that gets 45 mpg? Impossible, right? Wrong. Some Ford Escape Hybrid drivers are consistently breaking the 40-mpg mark. How do they do it? You can find clues in numerous online discussion forums—but it’s not always easy to fully understand the finer points of "brake tapping" or "fake shifting." So we took the trouble […]

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