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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 »

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Automakers Beat Emissions Standards for Third Straight Year

Vehicle manufacturers surpassed the more stringent 2014 standards for greenhouse gas emissions for the third consecutive year, while model year 2014 fuel economy remains steady at the highest level ever recorded, according to the EPA. The findings were included in two reports: the annual report on fuel economy trends and … Read more »

Emissions Analytics

Will the VW Scandal Spark ‘Real World’ Emissions Testing?

Comparing “real-world” fuel economy and emissions data with “official” numbers from major automakers reveals striking differences, according to Nick Molden, CEO of Emissions Analytics. The UK-based company has tested more than 1,000 cars on the road in Europe and the US over the past four year in real-world driving situations. … Read more »

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Will Big Truck MPG Rules Save Fleets Money?

Companies that operate fleets of vehicles will save money if higher US fuel-economy requirements for medium- and heavy-trucks are put in place, according to a report from the clean transportation organization CALSTART. The report comes as the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hold hearings on proposed new … Read more »

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Automakers Surpassing GHG Standards

For the second consecutive year, the automotive industry outperformed the national greenhouse gas emissions standards. Overall industry compliance in model year 2013 was 12 grams of GHG/mile below what the 2013 standard requires. The EPA yesterday released the second annual Manufacturers’ Performance Report, which details how individual firms are complying … Read more »

BorgWarner Expands Emissions Technologies Manufacturing

BorgWarner has expanded its manufacturing facility at its campus in Ramos-Arizpe, Mexico, to meet increasing demand for emissions technologies in North America. The facility will produce exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) modules, ignition coils and coolant control valves for gasoline- and diesel-powered passenger cars, minivans and light-duty trucks. The company says … Read more »

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Optimizing Engine Parameters Improves Fuel Economy

Fleets that optimize their electronic engine parameters for fuel economy can expect to see about a 0.5 mpg improvement in fuel economy, according to a Confidence Report by Trucking Efficiency, a project of the Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. Fuel economy improvements of 5 … Read more »

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Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper Increase Fuel Economy 13%

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13 percent since 2010, according to the American Beverage Association. The findings are the first to emerge from an industry-wide initiative in which the three beverage giants agreed to share proprietary data on … Read more »

GE Aviation, Turbocoating Form Coating Joint Venture

GE Aviation and Turbocoating SPA of Parma, Italy, have formed a 50/50 joint venture, called Advanced Ceramic Coatings, to provide thermal barrier coatings for ceramic matrix composite components (CMCs) used in jet engines to improve efficiency and fuel economy. CMCs are made of silicon carbide ceramic fibers and ceramic matrix, … Read more »

Mercedes Tops List of Automakers Distorting Fuel Economy

Mercedes Tops List of Automakers Distorting Fuel Economy

Mercedes is the leader at manipulating the way vehicles are tested, producing official fuel economy figures in labs that cannot be replicated in the real world, according to a report by Transport & Environment. The report analyzes real-world fuel consumption by motorists that highlights the abuses by carmakers of the … Read more »

US Fuel Economy Hits All-Time High, CO2 Emissions Record Low

US Fuel Economy Hits All-Time High, CO2 Emissions Record Low

New vehicles achieved an all-time-high fuel economy in 2013, according to an EPA report. Model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon — a 0.5 mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Fuel economy has now increased in … Read more »

Study: Cutting Emissions Could Pay for Itself

Money saved on health care spending related to carbon emissions could be 10 times what it would cost for policy implementation, according to research conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and published in Nature Climate Change. Researchers compared health care and other costs related to carbon emission-related illness to the costs of … Read more »