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Many articles have been published about slower than expected plug-in electrified vehicles’ market acceptance this decade, but these tend to highlight only a few aspects of a very complicated picture. Looked at from a broad overview, one could alternately say it’s a wonder plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles (PEVs) have done as well as they […]

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A new study from the University of Sussex says that historical precedent shows that huge shifts in energy sources can take place within a decade. Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at Sussex University, has published a paper that asserts that a switch to a new energy source can be made very […]

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Volkswagen has identified approximately 430,000 vehicles from the 2016 model year with “implausible” CO2 ratings. The German automaker released a complete list of all the 2016 vehicles affected, many of which are not sold in the U.S. All of the vehicles involved use TSI or TFSI petrol or diesel engines with 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, 1.8 […]

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Do you ever wonder whether it matters for the environment what kind of car you drive? 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 […]

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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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