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Mercedes Coupe, SUV Earn Best, Worst Environmental Vehicle Ranking

Mercedes Coupe, SUV Earn Best, Worst Environmental Vehicle Ranking

Mercedes-Benz manufactures the “greenest” and the “meanest” vehicles, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 19th annual environmental ratings for vehicles. This is the third year Mercedes’ Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, an all-electric, two-seater has won the top spot on the Greenest List. Also this year Mercedes’ … Read more »

Efficiency Opportunities for Heavy-Duty Pickups, Vans

Efficiency Opportunities for Heavy-Duty Pickups, Vans

ACEEE’s latest report, Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Heavy-Duty Pickups and Vans: Phase 2, assesses the technologies available to reduce fuel consumption in these vehicles. The report comes as the EPA and the US Department of Transportation are now working on Phase 2 of the fuel efficiency and … Read more »

‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2015 Ranked

‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2015 Ranked

For the second year in a row, Mercedes-Benz’s Smart ForTwo Electric Drive convertible coupe is the “greenest” car of the year while the Ram 2500 truck is the “meanest,” or least environmentally friendly, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual vehicle environmental ratings. ACEEE’s 18th annual ratings … Read more »

freight truck

How ICT Can Improve Freight Efficiency

Information and communications technologies (ICT) can help meet freight performance demands while improving energy efficiency, according to an American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy white paper. Smart Freight: Applications of Information and Communications Technologies to Freight System Efficiency says strategies range from placing freight trucks into electronically-controlled platoons — this … Read more »

Big Rigs Can Cut Fuel Consumption 40%, ACEEE Says

Big Rigs Can Cut Fuel Consumption 40%, ACEEE Says

Fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks could achieve a reduction in average new truck fuel consumption of at least 40 percent by 2025 from 2010 levels, according to a fact sheet by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and four other groups. The EPA … Read more »

Energy Efficiency Programs May Have Caused Decline in US Electricity Sales, ACEEE Says

Energy Efficiency Programs May Have Caused Decline in US Electricity Sales, ACEEE Says

US electricity sales have been on the decline since 2007 even as the economy has recovered, according to a white paper by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The white paper “Why is Electricity No Longer Growing?” posits that the recession alone can’t explain the stagnation in electricity use … Read more »

ACEEE Picks ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2014

ACEEE Picks ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2014

Mercedes-Benz’s Smart ForTwo Electric Drive convertible coupe is the greenest vehicle of 2014 while the Ram 2500 truck is the “meanest,” or least environmentally friendly, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) annual vehicle environmental ratings. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive earns a highest-ever score of 59 … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Sealed Air, Universal Lubricants, GSE

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Sealed Air: The packaging manufacturer has hired James Whaley as vice president, corporate communications and sustainability. Whaley most recently worked at Siemens North America where he was senior vice president, corporate communications and marketing, and chairman of the Siemens Foundation. Universal … Read more »

Mississippi

Mississippi ‘Most Improved’ State in Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states – including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia – taking major steps that moved them up the ranks. In the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for … Read more »

Squeezing Water Savings From Washing Machines

The commercial laundry market can cut water use by almost 50 percent in some cases by using more water-efficient machines, according to a white paper. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which jointly published the white paper, say front-loading washing machines … Read more »

EV Running Costs ‘On Par’ With Hybrids, Traditional Vehicles

EV Running Costs ‘On Par’ With Hybrids, Traditional Vehicles

The costs of owning an electric vehicle are competitive with conventional and hybrid vehicles, but the environmental impacts of running EVs vary depending on where the car is operated, according to two separate reports on the state of the EV market from the Electric Power Research Institute and the American Council for … Read more »

Toyota Prius Dominates Green Vehicle List

Toyota Prius Dominates Green Vehicle List

Toyota’s 2013 Prius line dominates this year’s Greenest list, an automotive ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Toyota Prius C, a compact version of the Prius with a 53 mpg city and 46 mpg highway efficiency, received the highest green score with 58 points. The Honda … Read more »