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Less than five years after President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act into law―increasing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard for the first time in nearly two decades―new data from University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) indicates that the average new vehicle purchased in the United States has become […]

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We could take this story in a number of different directions, but the fact that more than 70 cars sold in the U.S. today are available with over 500 horsepower is being viewed as at least ironic. The HybridCars.com dashboard currently lists around 30 hybrids sold in America, and while this number is increasing, another […]

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In recent years there have been few better indicators that Americans are feeling pain at the pump than the resale values of used hybrids. Last spring, used Prius sales rose 51.5 percent in less than three months, in response to a 25-cent increase in gas prices. Now, with the average price of a gallon gas […]

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“This is Infiniti’s design language for the next 10 years to come,” says Francois Bancon, and points at a laptop that shows pictures and strategy of the INFINITI EMEERG-E, a concept car that debuts today in Geneva. We are in Yokohama, on the fifth floor of Nissan’s corporate world headquarters, while Infiniti’s first range extended […]

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How do you create great visibility for your new fuel cell demonstration vehicle? If you’re Mercedes- Benz, you coat your F-Cell with LEDs and make it next to invisible – then take lots of pictures and videos of it. Oh also, circumnavigate the globe with it and make sure that gets good publicity too. These […]

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February sales of 1,023 Chevrolet Volts placed the extended-range electric car as the tenth best selling alternative-energy vehicle in North America out of a field of at least 55 “green” vehicles offered by all major manufacturers. The Volt reached this number despite extremely overblown negative media coverage including from a raft of critics willfully misrepresenting […]

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This week Chrysler Group and General Motors are announcing fleet-oriented pickup trucks that can run on natural gas, with Ford appearing like it may also follow. Ford is still on the sidelines from offering a ready-built CNG truck, but has CNG-options already, and says it can when market demand indicates it needs to. As for […]

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T. Boone Pickens, a former geologist turned billionaire energy investor, believes that one way America can reduce its dependence on foreign oil is to make use of the country’s abundant, cheap natural gas reserves. As such, he has set an example by driving a Honda Civic that runs on natural gas supplied from pipes that […]

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Last week in Honolulu, the four major branches of the U.S. military unveiled the “world’s first military fleet of fuel cell vehicles,” comprised of 16 General Motors vehicles. Hawaii’s ideal climate was chosen as a first step for vehicle evaluation and utilization of associated infrastructure prior to introduction of similar technology in other states, and […]

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Energy giant Exxon Mobil has released its annual energy outlook, which predicts major growth for hybrids and other alternative-drivetrain technologies as the world seeks to lower carbon emissions and limit oil dependency. By 2040, Exxon says it expects that half of new cars will come equipped with some form of alternative propulsion system―be it hybrid, […]

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