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According to the U.S. EPA, a plug-in hybrid like a Ford Fusion Energi can save 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) tailpipe emissions per year compared to a 26-mpg non-hybrid Fusion, or enough to plant 79 trees. This is based on 15,000 annual miles, the trees are just a theoretical way to offset the greenhouse […]

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Bolstered by availability of a car model the U.S. does not get, Western Europe’s plug-in-electrified vehicle (PEV) sales are solidly eclipsing those of the U.S. for the first time. Sales volume in the new global leader for the period of January through April 2015 is actually 60-percent ahead of the U.S. which held a lead […]

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The U.S. EPA allows automakers to self-test their mpg ratings, there’s a degree of an honor system under current rules, but following corrections by Ford and Hyundai/Kia, the federal agency is tightening its procedures. Specifically, how automakers prepare vehicles for road load values to measure rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag are being revised from a […]

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Vehicle electrification is picking up pace and the low oil prices we are currently seeing will not change that trend. This was the message conveyed by Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at the Car Symposium in Bochum, Germany. Bosch stated it expects roughly 15 percent of all […]

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CO2-neutral synthetic fuels is one direction Audi is aiming its fuel researches. The German automaker’s latest project is a pilot plant in Dresden that produces diesel fuel from water, CO2 and green electricity. Audi said it opened the plant November 14 with its project partners Climeworks and sunfire. Audi added with this collaboration, it is, […]

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Volvo Car Group will be heating its Gent manufacturing plant with water from a nearby paper plant in order to reduce its emissions. Two Nordic region companies, Volvo Car Group and Stora Enso, a global paper products group, have joined forces to reduce carbon emissions at Volvo’s plant in Belgium by over 40 percent. The […]

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If money is the auto industry’s lifeblood, today Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn warned stricter European rules calling for steeper CO2 targets too soon could make it bleed. “Every gram of CO2 that we save in our European fleet costs our group almost 100 million euros — 100 million that we have to invest in […]

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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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Diesel and diesel-powered vehicles have made huge improvements pollution-wise in the last 10 years. At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) tenth annual West Coast Collaborative meeting the Diesel Technology Forum highlighted the evolution of diesel power as a workhorse and economical engine through the transformation to near zero emissions with a future focus to […]

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Nissan believes its all-electric LEAF represents a sustainable future in zero-emission mobility, but said the company’s commitment to green doesn’t end there. According to Nissan, the LEAF has contributed to reducing CO2 emission by some 151,000 tons since its launch in 2010, but the engineering team behind the world’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV) aims to […]

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