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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 »

Daimler Leads Autonomous Vehicle Technology Market

Daimler Leads Autonomous Vehicle Technology Market

Daimler, Audi, BMW and General Motors are the best equipped to develop the autonomous vehicle market, according to a new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research. The report, Autonomous Vehicle OEMs, examines the strategy and execution of 18 original equipment manufacturers, including company profiles and rankings, to identify the companies’ relative strengths … Read more »

Chevy Spark Tops Fuel Economy List for 2nd Year

Chevy Spark Tops Fuel Economy List for 2nd Year

For the second year in a row, the Chevrolet Spark is the most fuel-efficient vehicle, according to the 2015 Fuel Economy Guide released by the EPA and the US Energy Department. The Spark leads a list that is made up predominantly of electric vehicles. The subcompact Spark is rated at … Read more »

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Ford, BMW, 10 Others Agree Supplier Environmental Guidelines

BMW, Ford, GM, Honda and 10 other leading automakers have agreed a set of expectations for suppliers, relating to the environment, working conditions, human rights and business ethics. The carmakers agreeing to the “Automotive Industry Guiding Principles to Enhance Sustainability Performance in the Supply Chain” also include Chrysler, Daimler, Fiat S.p.A., Jaguar/Land Rover, … Read more »

Microsoft, BMW Among Top Supply Chain Climate Performers

Microsoft, BMW Among Top Supply Chain Climate Performers

Air France, BMW, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft are among 79 companies leading in climate change performance, according to a new evaluation and benchmarking tool created for CDP supply chain members and suppliers. The Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index, which was compiled by environmental consulting and software firm FirstCarbon Solutions on behalf of … Read more »

Auto Industry Close to EU Car Emissions Goals

Auto Industry Close to EU Car Emissions Goals

European automakers reduced average new car emissions by 2.5 percent to 132.4 grams per kilometer in 2012, putting the industry on track to meet binding emissions goals for 2015, according to a report by the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E). The EU’s 2015 target is for new cars … Read more »

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Contract Wins: Mercedes-Benz, Plug Power, Fiat, AeroVironment

Plug Power has received an order from Mercedes-Benz for 123 additional hydrogen-based GenDrive fuel cell units to power new forklifts at a logistics hub under construction in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Last July, Mercedes purchased 72 GenDrive fuel cells for the lift truck fleet at its Tuscaloosa vehicle assembly plant. Plug Power … Read more »

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France Bans Mercedes Over GHG Concerns

France has banned the latest models of Mercedes because they use an air conditioning refrigerant that the European Union says emits potent greenhouse gases. A Mercedes spokeman told Agence France-Presse that only new vehicles are subject to the ban. Since Jan. 1, the EU has required carmakers use R1234yf, a … Read more »

Honeywell’s Low-Global-Warming Refrigerant ‘Safe for Use in Cars’

Honeywell says a study — and automakers including General Motors, Ford and Toyota — concluded that its low-global-warming-potential air conditioning system is safe for use in cars. The study by automotive engineering association SAE International examined the mobile air conditioning HFO refrigerant R-1234yf, or HFO-1234yf. SAE initiated the evaluation in … Read more »

Sustainability Report: Fiat Cuts Water Use 16%

Sustainability Report: Fiat Cuts Water Use 16%

Fiat, the majority shareholder in US carmaker Chrysler, cut mass-market brand plants’ water consumption per vehicle last year by 15.6 percent versus 2011 levels, and by 31.2 percent versus 2010, according to its 2012 sustainability report. The carmaker improved water efficiency from 5.03 cubic meters per vehicle in 2010, to … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Fiat MPGe Best, New Leaf Model, Polaris Recall

The EPA has given the Fiat 2013 500e a 116 miles per gallon equivalent combined fuel economy rating (122 MPGe city and 108 MPGe highway – which Fiat says is the highest highway rating of any EV in the US market). EPA testing indicates when fully charged, the Fiat 500e … Read more »