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Four of the top carmakers are asking the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to give more credits to plug-in vehicles under the state’s emission regulations. It’s a plea heard from automakers before: the government can mandate emission requirements, but let us dictate the technology used to reach those regulations. Now, as California’s guidelines undergo an […]

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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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President Barack Obama vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline earlier this week, but that doesn’t mean the debate over the 1,179-mile oil pipeline has ended. The next move for the president is to finally decide whether or not KXL is in the country’s national interest, and then make his final decision. His veto, he explained, stalls […]

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General Motors will be using wind power for the first time to power its automotive manufacturing operations. General Motors (GM) is doing so to answer one of its Mexico facilities’ electricity needs, allowing it to be run mostly on renewable energy. GM stated this addition of 34 megawatts of wind power allows the company to […]

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The Secretary-General of OPEC predicted that oil prices have hit the bottom and will begin surging towards $200 a barrel, though he didn’t estimate a timeline for the price increase. The current prices of $45 to $55 a barrel denote the market’s bottom, said OPEC’s Secretary-General Abdulla al-Badri. The drop in oil prices have resulted […]

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A new Navigant Research report says the global market of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric trucks and buses could grow from 16,000 units annually in 2014 to nearly 160,000 by 2023. Admittedly, sales today are relatively low for medium and heavy duty vehicles (MHDV) but the market is expanding from infancy to something more […]

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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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Burlington, Vt., has announced that 100-percent of its electricity is now coming from renewable sources. The city said most of the electricity is generated by hydropower, tapping from a local river as well as a dam in Maine. More than a third of the power comes from a biomass facility, which burns scrap wood to […]

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The U.S. President had something to say on the wave of inexpensive gasoline sweeping the country. “I would strongly advise American consumers to continue to think about how you save money at the pump because it is good for the environment, it’s good for family pocketbooks and if you go back to old habits and […]

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