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Electric cars are presented as a solution for society’s needs to curb emissions and reduce petroleum consumption, but are they really environmentally friendly? The way researchers try to answer this question is by a “cradle-to-grave” life cycle analysis. This normally takes into account three phases – 1) the manufacturing process, 2) a car’s life in […]

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Advocates call electric cars a solution to combat global warming, critics have suggested coal-fed grids make them dirtier than conventional cars, but critics have the right to be wrong. The question is over well-to-wheel greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the short answer is electric vehicles (EVs) are cleaner; it’s only a matter of how much […]

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Even with a more expensive sticker price, a new analysis shows diesel vehicles can save their owners thousands of dollars over several years when compared side-by-side with a similar gasoline-powered model. Bruce Belzowski, the managing director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s (UMTRI) Automotive Futures group, studied the total cost of diesel vehicle […]

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When Energiepark Mainz opened in Germany earlier this month, the facility came online as the world’s largest eco-friendly hydrogen plant. It took one year and 17 million euros ($18.7 million) to build the plant, which is a collaboration between utility company Stadtwerke Mainz AG, gases and engineering company Linde Group, technology group Siemens AG and […]

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According to government and industry sources, the time-honored internal combustion engine (ICE) could be honored with much more time – as in indefinitely. While electrification enthusiasts have predicted a pending demise for the ICE, the U.S. Energy Information Agency predicts in 2035 that 99 percent of light-duty and heavy duty vehicles, particularly in commercial use, […]

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The European Commission announced it’s funding a new solar fuels research project, which will be spearheaded by Volkswagen AG. Just under 6 million euros ($6.6 million) has been allocated for the study under Europe’s research and innovation program Horizon 2020. Volkswagen AG has been named as the lead coordinator and will be joined by 11 […]

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For some, the Chevy Volt has been a slippery fish to define with regards to whether it will really save them in energy costs. Does it get just 37 mpg like the window sticker says? Does it return an astronomical, if not confusing and questionable “98 MPGe” like a pure electric car? While critics have […]

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A partnership to promote California’s hydrogen vehicle infrastructure has named 19 areas that it recommends for the next series of hydrogen refueling stations. Earlier this month, the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) released a list with the recommended regions. The organization is a collaborative effort that includes government agencies (both the California Air Resources Board […]

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New emissions and mpg standards for for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and even now trailers jointly proposed today by federal government agencies promise to slash oil consumption equal to one year of OPEC imports. The new Phase 2 MD/HD vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards announced today are projected after a further review process […]

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Though it’s been nearly two decades since some major oil companies began talking about climate change, a former chairman of one such company said he is distressed over how slow global progress has been on the issue. Sir Mark Moody-Stuart – once the chairman of Royal Dutch Shell PLC – spoke about climate change earlier […]

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