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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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With the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans getting the green light last weekend, millions of viewers around the world turned their attention to this iconic track in France. But recently the Circuit de la Sarthe race track was the setting for a different type of vehicle when Shell brought its Eco-marathon prototypes to show […]

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If you want to save money at the pump, the best diesel cars can save you hundreds of dollars a year over their gasoline counterparts. The reason extends beyond which fuel hose is selected at the gas station. For starters, the internal architecture of the engines is significantly different. “When it comes to traversing great […]

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When listing advocates of the U.S. ethanol industry, those who normally spring to mind include farmers, processing facilities, environmentalists – and not an organization like OPEC. But that may be what’s unfolding now, according to Reuters, with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) becoming an “unlikely ally” for the Obama administration and its […]

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will still require refineries to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline for the next two years, but is proposing increases lower than the benchmarks set eight years ago. In 2007, Congress created a renewable fuel standard that set yearly increases of the percentage of biofuel mixed into the U.S. […]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will spend up to $100 million in grants to help expand the infrastructure of renewable fuels. The funding has been allocated under the USDA’s Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership. Under this new program, the agricultural department will collaborate with state governments and private companies with the goal of […]

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