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Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi Cheats Fuel Efficiency Tests, VW Reaches Emissions Deal

Mitsubishi Motors said it cheated fuel efficiency tests, overstating fuel efficiency by 5 percent to 10 percent for a car produced in Japan. Company president Tetsuro Aikawa yesterday said the cheating affected 620,000 cars sold from 2013 through the present, adding that the mishandling of the test data was “intentional.” … Read more »

car driving on freeway

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 »

Ford autonomous vehicle

Ford First Automaker to Test Autonomous Vehicle at Mcity

Ford is the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity, a simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. The 32-acre facility is part of the university’s Mobility Transformation Center. Ford has been testing self-driving vehicles for more than 10 years and is now expanding testing on the … Read more »

Semi-truck

Truck, Engine Manufacturers Urge Single GHG, Fuel Efficiency Standard

In response to the EPA and US Department of Transportation’s proposed greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) said it continues to support efforts to assure that the EPA and DOT coordinate efforts and propose a single, national GHG reduction and … 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 »

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FedEx CO2 Emissions Drop More Than 20%

FedEx avoided nearly 1.3 million metric tons of CO2 emissions between 2013 and 2014 as a combined result of its various energy-savings initiatives, according to the company’s 2014 Global Citizenship Report. In 2014, year-over year aircraft emissions dropped 1.5 percent, bringing the company’s total reduction in CO2 emissions intensity to … Read more »

Environmental Leader Azipod+A7H5372

Electric Propulsion Thruster Requires 25% Less Installed Power

Switzerland-based ABB has introduced Azipod D to its Azipod electric propulsion line. The Azipod D requires up to 25 percent less installed power, in part because it incorporates hybrid cooling, which increases the performance of the electric motor by up to 45 percent. Azipod D’s propulsion power ranges from 1.6 … Read more »

Renault

Renault Test Truck Cuts Fuel Consumption 22%

Following several months of road trials and test bench programs adding up to the equivalent of 20,000 km, the Renault Trucks laboratory vehicle, called Optifuel Lab 2, has recorded fuel consumption 22 percent lower than that of a production Renault Trucks T. The company says this means 7.2 L of … Read more »

UCS study

Big Rig Standard Could Save Biggest Trucking Fleets $1.7bn

FedEx, Walmart, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and UPS — five of the country’s biggest trucking fleets — could cut their fuel use by 500 million gallons a year under the new heavy duty truck fuel efficiency standard, saving $1.7 billion on fuel, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists study. The EPA and … Read more »

Mercedes

Cost of Cutting CO2 Emissions Plagues Automakers

Daimler says it will offset expensive emissions-reducing technology with material cost savings, Reuters reports. “Already in 2014, we could offset the burdens in variable cost for all these CO2-related measures with material cost efficiencies,” chief financial officer Bodo Uebber said. “I think it will be the same in ’15 and … Read more »

tire rubber

How Rubber Is Made Could Improve Tires, Cut Emissions

Scientists’ findings on how rubber is made, if used to improve tire performance, for example, could mean higher gas mileage and less air pollution. In a report in the ACS journal Macromolecules, Yuko Ikeda and colleagues note that a chemical process called vulcanization has been critical for the manufacturing of quality … Read more »

GM Showcases Fuel-Efficiency System

GM Showcases Fuel-Efficiency System

General Motors says Tula’s Dynamic Skip Fire (DSF) technology can improve fuel efficiency in a multi-cylinder engine (4/6/8 cylinders) by as much as 15 percent when compared to a vehicle equipped with an engine that does not have cylinder deactivation.