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Major Automakers Promise Ethical and Socially Responsible Materials Sourcing

Major Automakers Promise Ethical and Socially Responsible Materials Sourcing

A partnership among 10 top automakers called Drive Sustainability announced plans to set up a Raw Materials Observatory as a way to identify and address ethical, environmental, human, and labor rights issues in the sourcing of raw materials within the industry. Representatives from approximately 70 automotive companies, automotive suppliers, NGOs … Read more »

NRC: Car Petroleum Use, GHG Emissions Could Drop 80%

NRC: Car Petroleum Use, GHG Emissions Could Drop 80%

The US could reduce petroleum use and cars’ greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels by using more efficient vehicles, alternative fuels and implementing strong government policies, according to a study by the National Research Council. To reach the 2050 goals, vehicles must become dramatically more efficient … Read more »

Ford Tries to Turn Currency Into Car Parts

Ford is hoping to make green greener as it tests decommissioned U.S. paper currency, and a range of other recycled materials, for potential use in car seat cushions, insulation and other components. Along with used, shredded greenbacks, which are being tested for use in making interior trays and bins, the … Read more »

Detroit Auto Show Briefing: Toyota, Honda, Acura, PG&E, BMW, Hyundai

Toyota has debuted the 2012 Prius c (pictured), which it says offers the highest city fuel efficiency of any vehicle without a plug, at 53 mpg, and is the market’s most affordable hybrid subcompact, starting below $19,000. The Prius c is 19.1 inches shorter and 542 lb. lighter than the … Read more »

Detroit Auto Show Briefing: VW, AMP, Ford, Kia, Coda, Nissan, Volvo

This year’s Detroit Auto Show is overflowing with hybrid and electric debuts. Here are some of the first big ones to emerge from the show, which started yesterday: Volkswagen debuted the Jetta Hybrid, which it called the world’s first hybrid to use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; and the E-Bugster … Read more »

Hydrogen Fueling Stations Could Reach 5,200 by 2020

Hydrogen Fueling Stations Could Reach 5,200 by 2020

More than 5,200 hydrogen fueling stations for cars, buses and forklifts will be operational by 2020, up from just 200 stations in 2010, according to a report by Pike Research. In the report, Hydrogen Infrastructure, the cleantech market intelligence firm projects that annual investment in hydrogen stations will reach $1.6 … Read more »

Fleet Briefing: Consumer Reports Rankings, USPS, Sears, Ford

The Honda Fit, Volkswagen Golf TDI and Ford Escape Hybrid are the most fuel efficient vehicles in their classes, according to Consumer Reports. In its July issue, the non-profit magazine is publishing a list of the most and least efficient cars in their respective classes, while also taking into account … Read more »

EPA Loosens Alternative Fuel Conversion Rules for Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated rules to make it easier for manufacturers to sell fuel conversion systems that allow vehicles to run on alternative fuels. The revised procedures will vary based on the age of the vehicle or engine being converted. The agency said has found that … Read more »

EU Proposes Banning Gas-Powered Cars from Cities by 2050

Gasoline-powered cars will be banned from European cities starting in 2050, under a masterplan to cut CO2 emissions. The European Commission yesterday unveiled its plan for a “Single European Transport Area”, including proposals to phase out “conventionally fueled” cars from urban areas. The EC foresees halving the use of such … Read more »

Fleet Roundup: Fuel Standards, TVA, Mazda, Chevy, Nissan, McCain’s ‘Joke’

Here’s a round-up of the latest environmental fleet news. California has pushed back the launch date for its new fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards from March to the autumn. Both California and federal U.S. standards will now debut by September 1, 2011. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) … Read more »

Home Charging an Obstacle, But THINK Makes Corporate Sales

Almost a fifth of drivers are likely to consider buying an electric vehicle (EV), but the home charging costs may keep many from adopting the new technology, according to two IBM surveys. Only 13 percent of drivers said they would consider spending more than $1,000 to retrofit their homes to … Read more »

Electric, Hybrid Cars Take Spotlight in Detroit

Electric, Hybrid Cars Take Spotlight in Detroit

Here’s a look at some of the more environmentally conscious cars to debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Mercedes-Benz showed off its SLS AMG E-Cell electric sportscar in fluorescent yellow – the company calls it “lumilectric mango”. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds. Mercedes is also … Read more »

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