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EPA Won’t Back Down From Ethanol Requirements. What Do Automakers Say?

EPA Won’t Back Down From Ethanol Requirements. What Do Automakers Say?

The EPA won’t be giving out any waivers to allow oil refiners to avoid upcoming ethanol requirements, which may also have an impact on the automakers that have concerns.

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 »

Tesla Tops AAA’s Green Car Guide

Tesla Tops AAA’s Green Car Guide

The 2013 Tesla S P85 tops the Automobile Association of America’s 2014 Green Guide, followed by the electric 2012 Toyota RAV4 and the clean diesel 2014 Audi A7 TDI Quattro in third place. In fact half of the top 10 highest scoring green cars are clean diesel vehicles. The annual … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota i-Road, Tesla, UPS, ROUSH

Toyota demonstrated its ultra-compact, all-electric i-Road vehicle at Toyota City, Japan, last week. The three-wheeled i-Roads (pictured), which weigh 300 kg and are less than 90 cm wide, was let loose on public roads at an event to mark its introduction into “Ha:mo”, Toyota’s optimized urban transport system. Soon, even more i-Roads will be zooming around … Read more »

ACEEE Picks ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2014

ACEEE Picks ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2014

Mercedes-Benz’s Smart ForTwo Electric Drive convertible coupe is the greenest vehicle of 2014 while the Ram 2500 truck is the “meanest,” or least environmentally friendly, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) annual vehicle environmental ratings. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive earns a highest-ever score of 59 … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota Hybrid Recalls, Volvo in China, Cargill’s Eco-Combi Trucks

Toyota has announced voluntary safety recalls of about 133,000 Highlander Hybrid (pictured) and Lexus RX 400h vehicles built between 2006 and 2010, and 2006 and 2008, respectively. Transistors within the hybrid system’s inverter assembly can experience heat damage due to variations in characteristics of the transistors’ parallel circuits, Toyota says. … Read more »

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Toyota, Ford Call It Quits; Ford Hybrid Truck ‘Still On Track’

Toyota and Ford say they will develop their own hybrid trucks after ending their partnership to develop a hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs. The two automakers first announced the collaboration in August 2011 and said they would have a co-developed hybrid system ready for use in rear-wheel-drive light … Read more »