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Automakers Beat Fuel Economy, GHG Emissions Standards, EPA Says

Cars achieved record-high fuel economy while outperforming greenhouse gas emission standards last year, according to EPA data, even as low gas prices make it more difficult to sell more fuel-efficient vehicles.

VW Isn’t the Only Car Maker Facing Billions in Emissions Fees

VW Isn’t the Only Car Maker Facing Billions in Emissions Fees

Volkswagen went to court last week over the emissions scandal. The US government is suing the automaker for cheating air pollution tests and VW faces fines that could total as much as $46 billion. But Volkswagen may not be the only automaker on the hook for emissions failings. A report … 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 »

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Green Fleet Roundup: Joule, Mercedes-Benz, Boeing, Toyota, Mazda, Penske

Joule’s ethanol fuel has been confirmed by third-party tests to meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D4806 and the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) EN 15376. Joule will use the results to obtain the government approvals needed for commercialization of its ethanol fuel. The tests were initiated … 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 »

Isuzu, Other Truck Manufacturers Call for Regulatory Cooperation

Isuzu and other global truck and engine manufacturers have called for regulatory harmonization and closer cooperation among European, North American, and Japanese regulators to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption associated with on-road freight transport. Meeting in Tokyo, the chief executives of more than 10 global truck and engine … 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 »

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota, Mazda, Tesla, Republic Services

Toyota says cumulative global sales of its hybrid vehicles topped the 6 million unit mark as of Dec. 31, 2013, reaching 6.072 million units. The latest million-unit milestone took just nine months — the fastest time yet for Toyota. Electric sports car manufacturer Tesla’s sales in the fourth quarter of … 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 »

Obama Administration Delays Gas Mileage Rule

The new US gas mileage standards for cars, which were supposed to be released Aug. 15, have been delayed. A spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Bloomberg that the regulation is still being reviewed and should be completed “soon.” The final rule will require car makers … Read more »

Fleet Roundup: Honda Fit EV, Nissan DeltaWing, Audi Axes A2

The 2013 Honda Fit EV has received a combined adjusted EPA mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe and a consumption rating of 29 kWh per 100 miles — the best-ever consumption rating awarded by the EPA. The Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than 3 hours from a low-charge … Read more »