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In order to maximize the environmental benefits of plug-in vehicles, says a new study, charging needs to be controlled to keep costs down and maximize renewable energy sources. A research team from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) addressed the complicated relationship between the production costs and emissions for power companies to recharge an electrified car, publishing […]

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A former director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the office asked for steep fuel efficiency increases for SUVs as a negotiation technique, knowing that the requested numbers were unrealistic. In 2011, the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the major carmakers met to create new fuel economy and emissions standards set […]

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One of the requirements still needed to push hydrogen-powered cars into the mainstream is finding a way to economically produce the fuel, and a team of researchers said they have found the solution. Corn – easy and inexpensive to grow – could be the key that moves fuel cell vehicles (FCV) from fringe technology to […]

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General Motors has been recognized by the U.S. EPA as a 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year. The Detroit-based company has received this award for Sustained Excellence for leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. At the same time, GM also received the Energy Star Climate Communications award. SEE ALSO: 2016 Malibu […]

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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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