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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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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 »

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Green Fleet Roundup: Renault, BMW, Nissan Leaf

Logistics specialist STEF is testing an experimental 16 metric ton all-electric vehicle (pictured) under actual operating conditions for Carrefour France. The all-electric truck was developed by Renault Trucks and is based on a Midlum vehicle chassis in partnership with PVI and IFP Energies nouvelles. The truck has covered 16,000 kilometers (9,941 miles) and … Read more »

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New Car Engines Dirtier than Diesels

New gasoline direct injection (GDI) petrol engines for cars emit about 1,000 times more harmful particles than traditional petrol engines and 10 times more than new diesel engines, according to a German study. Researchers at industrial testing and certification agency TÜV Nord conducted the study, commissioned by the European Federation … Read more »

Auto Industry Close to EU Car Emissions Goals

Auto Industry Close to EU Car Emissions Goals

European automakers reduced average new car emissions by 2.5 percent to 132.4 grams per kilometer in 2012, putting the industry on track to meet binding emissions goals for 2015, according to a report by the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E). The EU’s 2015 target is for new cars … Read more »

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Green Fleet Roundup: BYD, Renault, Hyundai, Caterpillar

BYD’s all-electric, long-range, 40-foot buses (pictured) will this month ply the streets of Quebec in a 10-month field test, operated by Société de transport de l’Outaouais and Société de transport de Montréal transit companies. The buses have in-wheel-hub motors, regenerative braking/re-charging systems, and a large 324 kWh battery pack that … 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 »

EV Makers ‘to Exit in 2013’

EV Makers ‘to Exit in 2013’

Capital will shift from electric vehicles to battery components in 2013, forcing some EV companies to exit the market or be acquired, according to a new white paper by Pike Research. Pike says the emphasis will be on components rather than complete battery packs, and chemical conglomerates such as Dow Energy Materials … 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 »