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A study just released comparing actual window stickers to federal mpg regulations has found automakers are exceeding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) goals. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, for model years 2012, 2013, and 2014, the trend has been a mild improvement over mandated results. The study’s authors Brandon Schoettle and […]

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We frequently hear of the “all of the above” approach made possible with an alphabet soup of technologies to improve mpg and emissions and over the last half decade new tech has risen markedly. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Trends report just released, powertrain technologies that once were rare are becoming increasingly common. […]

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From the Paris motor show this week, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confided he is unsure global emissions regulations will not stifle its ability to sell its electrified products. “We have to comply,” he said to Automotive News in an interview during press days before the show was open to the public. “And we have to […]

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So you want to save on fuel costs but are interested in options other than hybrids? To help you along, we’ve compiled a list of various types of 2014 model year cars sorted by their combined EPA-rated fuel economy. Most are small, some are two seaters, but a few mid-sized cars are in the list […]

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Last week Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne conceded the need for hybrid electrification in order to meet projected federal fuel efficiency mandates. The company ranked last among large automakers in the U.S. for fuel efficiency in 2013, has largely resisted hybridization, but Marchionne said Chrysler is on track anyway even as it would need to […]

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The United States Department of Energy (DoE) is collecting “real world” data on a variety of alternative energy vehicles with, among others, the help of Intertek. The DoE said testing includes vehicle performance, durability and operational costs, with the goal of helping consumers and the automotive industry better understand how vehicle technologies intended to reduce […]

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We keep hearing about advanced electrified tech as the means to meeting government fleet economy averages – and it yet may be – but at present the class leader is a non-hybrid and non-EV manufacturer, Mazda. Mazda’s 12 models listed by the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov site total only a third as many models as Toyota offers, […]

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Our Fellow Americans. Have you been paying attention? There appears to be a gap between what every president since the October 1973 Arab oil embargo has said would be done about energy alternatives and what’s actually been accomplished. Now 40 years and a couple weeks past the day that shifted life for America, we thought […]

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Toyota has said it plans to increase its already strong U.S. commitment to hybrids by making individual hybrid variants of all its models in coming years but the automaker has already gone beyond this in Europe where 92 percent of all Lexus vehicles sold are hybrids. That’s correct. Rather than merely having an electrified and […]

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Electric vehicle sales headlines more often focus on the two comparatively major players – Tesla and Nissan – but there is fair number of limited-market electric cars also making a minor dent, and with varying degrees of potential to grow beyond. These would be Chevrolet’s new Spark EV, Fiat’s 500E, Honda’s Fit EV, the Smart […]

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