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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 »

Better Fuel Economy Offers Diminishing Fuel Savings

Better Fuel Economy Offers Diminishing Fuel Savings

High fuel economy may not offer the kind of fuel savings that many perceive that it does, according to a brief released by the US Energy Information Administration. Fuel costs, which depend on a vehicle’s fuel economy, the number of miles driven and the price of fuel, are important factors … Read more »

Potential H2 Fueling Stations Identified in California

A number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting that a larger network of hydrogen fueling stations may soon be possible, according to a study by Sandia National Laboratories. Several car makers, including GM, Daimler, Hyundai-Kia, and Ford have been working to develop hydrogen fuel cell … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: BMW, Boeing, Hino, NHSTA, Newport Coachworks

Hino Motors and Denso have jointly developed the world’s first electric refrigerator system for heavy-duty trucks using a hybrid unit. Hybrid trucks conventionally use energy generated from hybrid systems to assist the vehicle’s driving. However, this truck uses energy from a hybrid unit only for the new electric refrigeration system, which … Read more »

EPA MPG Figures ‘Overstate Fuel Efficiency in Vehicles’

EPA MPG Figures ‘Overstate Fuel Efficiency in Vehicles’

Fuel economy estimates issued by the EPA were much higher in certain vehicles, particularly hybrids, than the actual mpg achieved in real-world testing, according to Consumer Reports. Hybrids built by Ford show the largest discrepancy between EPA mpg figures and real-world tests, says Consumer Reports. For example, the C-Max and … Read more »


GSA Expands Hybrid Fleet ‘Up to 10,000 Vehicles’

The US General Services Administration says it will expand the number of hybrid vehicles in the federal fleet by up to 10,000 vehicles, resulting in the reduction of about 1 million gallons of fuel per year for the life of these vehicles. The GSA fleet consolidation initiative moves the federal … Read more »

Honda, GM, VW Debut Hybrids at Detroit Auto Show

Honda, GM and Volkswagen are among the automakers showcasing environmentally friendly cars at the Detroit Auto Show, which opened yesterday. The annual expo, with features more than 500 concept vehicles, cars and trucks, continues previous years’ trends towards more electric and hybrid vehicles with greater fuel efficiency. Here are some … Read more »

Federal Green Car Purchases ‘Down a Third’

Purchases of hybrid and electric vehicles by President Barack Obama’s administration fell by a third last year, according to Bloomberg. The administration has a goal of only buying alternative fuel vehicles for its fleet by 2015, but 2012, in which it purchased 1,801 alternative fuel vehicles, was the third year … Read more »

Hybrid, EV Sales ‘Up 73%’ in 2012, Mintel Says

Hybrid and electric car sales are up 73 percent over last year, with about 440,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electrics sold thus far this year, representing 3.3 percent of all vehicles sold in 2012, according to a Mintel report. According to Hybrid and Electric Cars – US – November 2012, … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Nissan, Ford, VW, GM

UQM Technologies’ PowerPhase Pro 100 electric drive systems are powering a fleet of zero-emissions, fuel cell London taxicabs during the 2012 Olympics. The taxis have a range of 250 miles and refuel in five minutes. A fuel-cell system designed by Intelligent Energy works in conjunction with a high-voltage battery pack … Read more »

Cleantech Innovations Continue to Thrive

Cleantech innovations continue to thrive, a sign that viability for eco-friendly energy technologies is continuing.  With increasing opportunity to innovate in this sector, many wonder which technologies areas are most likely to prevail.  A recent analysis of the cleantech patent landscape trends illustrates the hot cleantech categories, the up-and-coming technology … Read more »

Ford Focus Electric to Boast 100 Mpg Equivalency

Ford says that its Ford Focus Electric is to be the first five-passenger electric vehicle to achieve a 100 mpg equivalent rating. The automaker announced this week that production of the car is to begin at a Michigan assembly plant. The Focus Electric (pictured) should also be able to fully … Read more »

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